[Review] Cutters Don't Cry

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Title: Cutters Don't Cry

Series: SoCal Series #1

Author: Christine Dzidrums

Genre: Young Adult, Mental Illness

Published: April 1, 2010

Source: Bought for Kindle

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

19-year-old Charity Graff engages in self-harm. More specifically she cuts herself to numb emotions. In a series of raw journal entries, the confused teenager writes to her estranged father, filling him in on what's happened in her life since he left her nearly 18 years ago. Throughout the course of her letter writing, Charity chronicles her penchant for cutting, a serious struggle with depression and her inability to vocally express her feelings.
Cutters Don't Cry is an emotional story of a young woman, Charity, who engages in self-harm. For me, it's a difficult thing to read about due to struggles of my own. However, I find a sense of comfort with books that don't romanticize the issues people with depression deal with on a daily basis. This book is one of those. Though I feel this story would have been a lot more engaging in a show-don't-tell type of style, it was still enjoyable and moving.

As I've already said, I love that this book doesn't romanticize the issue. Mental illness is not something to be romanticized; it's cruel, life-threatening, disastrous, and hurts everyone involved (family and friends). Seeing a character suffer from the same thing a lot of people suffering from depression do is refreshing... it shows those people that they aren't alone. In my case, I never felt alone, but seeing it in writing with a different person's perspective makes me feel... I don't know, better because there's a sense of understanding in it.

The book was fast-paced but well enough that it wasn't missing key aspects, but the characters, although emotional, felt bland and there was no connection there. I probably would have broken down in tears if I connected to Charity.

Please know that if you or someone you know is suffering from depression and/or self-harms, it is not something to take lightly. I would wholeheartedly ask that you seek help <3

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