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    Skin Game (Caroline Kettlewell)

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    • Caroline Kettlewell is an intelligent woman with a promising career and a family. She is also a former cutter, and the first person to tell her own story about living with and overcoming the disorder. She grew up in a small town, where her father worked at the local boys’ boarding school. As she entered adolescence, the combination of a family where frank discussion was discouraged and life in what seemed like a fishbowl, where she and her sister were practically the only girls the students ever saw, became unbearable for Caroline. She discovered that the only way to find relief from overpowering feelings of self-consciousness, discomfort, and alienation was to physically hurt herself. She began cutting her arms and legs in fifth grade, and continued into her twenties.

    • Book Title Skin Game: A Memoir
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    Guest Allison

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    I really liked this book….it helped me
    understand myself and why i choose to do
    what i did….i really liked it

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    Guest Cameron

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    I first found this book at a bookstore a
    few years ago. I figured it’d be a sob
    story and was surprised by how helpful
    it was. Her frank discussion of the
    long-term effects of hurting oneself
    helped me to de-romanticize the
    behavior. Therefore, I would recommend
    this book to anyone interested in how
    self-harm can evolve from seemingly
    nothing. This book may also be helpful
    for male cutters, who might be happy
    that this book doesn’t focus entirely
    on the stereotypical female experience.

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    I really loved this book.I got it from
    the library about a year after I started
    cutting,and it was one of the best reads
    ever.Many people I’ve talked to don’t
    like it because the book just seems to
    end without any real ‘epiphany’ on the
    part of the author,but for me that’s
    the great thing about the book.There is
    no right or wrong answer to
    stopping,it’s just about stopping and
    trying to be happy afterwards.

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    Guest just jenn

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    I read this book a couple of years ago.
    I appreciated the way she described the
    reasons people cut. I found it really
    helpful. I also liked how the main
    character was a little older.
    It’s a must read for those of
    us who SI.

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