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I read this hook and what this kid has lived through is so horrible it i beyond belief. But it is beautifully told by her foster mum, Cathy Glass, and well worth reading
I am a big fan of Cathy Glass and have read her other two books Damaged and Hidden, so i just had to read Cut. I can tell you that i was not disappointed. This book was just as good as her other two, and she maintains to write in a way that makes you connect to the characters and feel like you know them. As in her other books you can feel the warmth, support and affection she gives all her children, weather or not they are biological or fostered.
This third book is about a young girl called Dawn and she was the first child Cathy ever fostered. This little girl has been abandoned and abused and all she longed for was to be part of a loving family. Cathy finds out she is cutting herself and after time goes by living at Cathy's she starts to open up and Cathy realises what a traumatic childhood Dawn has had.
This book is not just an eye opener to what some children endure in life but also shows that a bit of love, support and stability can change a childs life profoundly. Another 10 out of 10 for Cathy and definitely worth reading.
As a Cathy Glass fan I have read all her books ( this being the third) and what a book.
I this book it tells the story of Dawn a young girl with a past she can't remember. Although this is Cathy's third book it describes the story of the first child Cathy first fostered.
On the first night of Dawn's stay Cathy awakes to find Dawn standing over her newborns cot, only to find dawn is sleep walking. After several reoccurances of this Cathy then realises that Dawn has suffered a disturbing childhood. This is then confirmed by Cathy waking to find Dawn in her kitchen (sleep walking) striking a match saying it wasn't her fault.
This like all of Cathy's books shows the daily struggle of caring for a foster child and how children suffer more than it can sometimes seem. I would recommend this book to many people, but be prepared for emotion and shocking turns and twists in this story.
At first I found this book a lot harder to get into to begin with, but for anyone who feels like this please continue to read it because after the first few chapters it is so hard to put down.
I'm not one for reading if I'm honest but my mum is and I'm often curious to give her selection of books a go but have never been tempted enough just by looking at the covers. My mum suggested I read this one though as it 'made her cry' and I was a little puzzled as to how a book of this length with no pictures could make someone show an emotion such as sadness as well as shed actual tears.
Cut, is written by Cathy Glass a foster carer of twenty years who is also the author of No.1 Bestseller Damaged and Hidden. Cathy has fostered over 50 children from all backgrounds and various ages and has aimed to write her books to give us an insight into foster caring and to help improve the system which as we all know doesn't always protect children as well as it should.
Here Cathy tells us about the first child she ever fostered, Dawn, a troubled 13 year old girl who at first appears well mannered and well behaved. Things soon start to alert Cathy that there is more to Dawn than meets the eye, but with no background information about her it is difficult to help Dawn through her problems. Sleepwalking and truanting from school were just minor problems for Cathy to overcome but it soon becomes apparent that there are deeper problems here which nobody seems to want to divulge information about. The problems soon escalate and drink as well as bodily harm becomes involved, but what can Cathy do when she doesn't know the full extent of Dawn's troubled background and nobody in the system seems to want to offer any help.
Knowing that this book is based on a real life story immediately drew me in and had me gripped but Cathy's way of writing is so simplistic yet real that she captured me straightaway. She has an honest way of writing, which I should imagine wouldn't be hard if you were writing about something real from your life so I was instantly fascinated by her words and believeable story.
The pace flowed perfectly throughout the book and always had me wanting to know more which I was quite surprised about as there is no fast paced action thrust upon me here and there in fact it begins quite a mellow book and gradually builds up into an emotional end.
The whole book lead me through a few different emotions including upset, anger as well as confusion. Upset by the situations Cathy found herself in, angry at the system and lack of support from Social Services and confusion as to why things like this happen. It is a real eye opener to read a true story about somebody's life as a foster carer, yet I can almost see the story from Dawn's point of view too which I think is brilliant writing from Cathy.
Cathy comes across as warm, motherly and affectionate I could see why she would make a suitable foster parent for any child. I felt comfortable with her throughout the book so it was no surprise to see that Dawn felt comfortable with her too. It really is heartwarming and moving to see that people can make a difference in situations when they want too, yet hard to read about young children going through things you couldn't begin to imagine.
Cathy is extremely inspiring for what she does, and this is protrayed in her book throughout, it must take alot of dedication and want to do what she does with a child that isn't even hers biologically and you can feel her want, desperation as well as her dedication through her writing. The way she overcomes problems and scenarios that would leave anybody in floods of tears or ripping hair out of their heads, literally, is admirable to say the least. The story is told from the heart as well as the head and needs no falseness or added excitement for you to feel the full impact of her story, the story itself is dramatic and harrowing enough. Dawn was the first child Cathy had fostered after being so desperate for her own family, her actions are extraordinary though as when she has a baby of her own her efforts with Dawn are never lessened nor are they prioritised, both Dawn and her own child are equals which must be hard but somehow Cathy conquers this situation and miraculously manages to split her way of living into two yet keep it so level at the same time.
Overall I found the book and Cathy extremely inspiring she taught me a few things within her story just by talking about her own experience. She deserves alot of respect in my opinion for doing what she's doing and I havn't even read her other books. How she remains so positive and level headed about things is beyond me as I know I would be going out of my mind if I was faced with some of the situations she has had to deal with.
I really enjoyed this book and glad my mum suggested it to me, it shocked me how much a book can really bring out so many feelings and how you can be so involved in a story. I could really picture Cathy, her son, Dawn and even her husband who didn't play a big part within the story really. By the end I was in tears, they were streaming down my cheeks but I won't say whether they were tears of sadness or happiness I will leave that for you to find out if you decide you want to read the book. I would reccomend the book to anybody really, as I think it would pull at anybody's heart strings as it is about real life and is a totally touching story. It is a book you can find yourself easily lost in and hooked from the very first page with it's moving and stimulating story.
Cut is the third book from best selling author Cathy Glass. Cathy is a foster carer and has been fostering for over twenty years and fostered over fifty children so I am sure she could write dozens of books on her experiences! I have previously read Cathy's previous two novels 'Damaged' and 'Hidden' and found these a compelling read so I knew I wouldn't be disappointed with this book. All Cathy's books are based on real life events and true stories based on children she has fostered.
Cut is based on the story of a thirteen year old girl called Dawn. Dawn appears to be a very polite and helpful girl. Cathy was given no background information on this child by Social Services so she had no idea of the events that would unfold. The first time they realised something was wrong was when Cathy and her husband awoke one night to find Dawn standing over the cot of their new born baby in their bedroom. It soon became apparent that she was sleepwalking and they led her back to her bedroom. The sleepwalking continued nearly every night and Cathy found it very disturbing but had no idea why she was doing this.
Cathy was aware that Dawn had a poor record for her school attendance but she seemed to be attending and going up to her room to do her homework. A week later they had a phone call from her school to say that she hadn't been in all week! The continuing battle began to get Dawn to stay in school. Dawn seemed to be still hanging around with her old friends and often went missing and was brought home drunk by the police. Another more disturbing trait that unfolded was the fact that she self harmed. Cathy was at her wits end on many occasions and had no idea why this child was displaying such disturbing behaviour but the harrowing truth soon unfolds!
The fact that this book is based on true events makes it more compelling. I am aware that these kinds of books are very popular and I am not sure what that really says about the society we live in? Are there so many books due to the high number of children being abused or is it because as a nation we like to read about other peoples misfortunes to make us feel better about our own lives? I don't know the reason but I did find this book very difficult to put down, maybe in the hope that there would be a happy ending.
This book is different from traditional novels as it is portrayed in Cathy's own words and her witnessing and explaining all the events that have happened. This style of writing may not be to everyone's tastes but it certainly makes it seem more real. You cannot help but feel sympathy for Cathy and her family with the lack of support and information from Social Services. This child was fostered many years ago and is now thirty six years old so I do hope that the support for foster carers has changed since then! The way the young girl Dawn is portrayed by Cathy really get you involved with her character and you really feel Cathy's warmth and care towards her.
In summary I would highly recommend this book. It highlights the pitfalls of foster caring but also shows how rewarding it can be, mind you I think I have been put off for life after reading Cathy's books! A very compelling read.