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Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson • Magan Reviews

Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson [twitter • website] Publication Date: January 27, 2015 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: child abuse, changing identities, escaping abuse, thriller Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Though Charlotte is able to escape her abusers (her parents) and relocate to another city, once she begins to settle she […]

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February 23, 2015 - 11:29 am

Magan - Yay, Lori! I’m so glad you’re interested. It’s insane and I think as a parent, it makes it even more intense to read. I hope you enjoy it!

February 23, 2015 - 11:29 am

Magan - Emma, yes! Definitely keep an eye out for more work from here. I checked out her author page on Goodreads and she seems to write a LOT of thriller/mystery. I will check out more of her work for sure. 😉

February 23, 2015 - 11:26 am

Magan - Brianna, you don’t have to love the writing of Room to love Cut Me Free. The same intensity, however, is what made me make the comparison. Emma Donoghue didn’t write Cut Me Free so I think that change alone would make CMF more appealing to you. 🙂

February 23, 2015 - 11:24 am

Magan - Alexa, uncomfortable to the MAX. I seriously wanted to just skip to the end so bad. (In fact: I don’t know how I had enough willpower to NOT.) I hope you give it a go. 🙂

February 15, 2015 - 12:24 am

Alexa S. - Oh man, oh man. Cut Me Free sounds so intense! It would be a read that would make me uncomfortable, but I also wouldn’t be able to stop myself from finding out what happens next. I feel like it would definitely make me think about a lot of things, and I can only imagine how you felt reading it!

February 14, 2015 - 1:54 pm

Brianna - I read Room, but didn’t love it. The premise was compelling, but I’m not a fan of Emma Donoghue’s writing. She mostly writes lesbian fiction, which is fine, but she’s got a very slow, slogging writing style, in my opinion.

February 12, 2015 - 1:23 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Ah! This sounds way too intense for me (as I think maybe we discussed on Twitter?) but I’m glad it was worth the stressing for you. It sounds like this author is definitely one to keep my eye on.

February 12, 2015 - 12:15 pm

Lori - This is new to me! I’m adding it on Goodreads right now because you definitely have me intrigued!

Estelle: Various Positions by Martha Schabas

Various Positions by Martha Schabas Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publication Date: February 14, 2012 Pages: 336 Target Audience: Young Adult (for mature audiences) Format read: Paperback ARC from ALA. Summary: With her sex-obsessed peers and an unhappy home life, the only time Georgia feels at peace is on the dance floor. When she gets […]

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June 18, 2012 - 12:06 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Thank you for linking to my review! Honestly, this book wasn’t what I was expecting BUT it did turn out okay in the end. It’s written really candidly and really well, so I actually was invested in the story.

April 15, 2012 - 8:39 am

Estelle - April, super happy to hear I may have changed your mind. More and more, I think this book was worth reading and I’m sad it gets a negative rep. Because the writing is just SO good and a lot of what happens is so surprising. (At least to me. haha) Let me know if you read it!

April 15, 2012 - 8:00 am

In My Mailbox: April 15, 2012 - […] Various Positions by Martha Schabas (E) New York City Teen Author Festival: Recap 1 (E) Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn (E) Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist (M) Top 10 Books that were Totally Deceiving Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Baumann (E) […]

April 15, 2012 - 7:12 am

April Books & Wine - Damn. I’ve seen a few bad reviews of Various Positions and was prepared to write it off as don’t read. BUT THIS REVIEW MAKES ME DESPERATELY WANT TO READ IT.

Like, maybe at 14 my friends and I weren’t talking about sexuality or whatever, but we definitely were at 16. And hmmm, these days it seems like 14 year olds act an awful lot like the 16 year olds of my day. So yeah, I think being as open as I am about that stuff, I’d actually LIKE Various Positions.

April 14, 2012 - 11:28 am

Hanna @ Booking in Heels - Like Sash above, I was expecting something slightly fluffier, but then I read your review and my eyes were opened!

I added this to my wishlist ages ago because I love novels about aspiring dancers, but children talking about sex does make me cringe. Maybe I’ll wait a little before getting hold of this one.

Nice review though 🙂

April 13, 2012 - 11:57 am

Sash from Sash and Em - I suppose more than anything, I was upset because Various Positions deceived me! I was expecting something cute and fluffy (a la Bunheads by Sophie Flack) and then BAM out of nowhere, this CHILD talking about SEXUALITY. When I want a book that discusses sexuality (which is totally cool with me), I want to be told from someone a (enter: dry sarcasm) little bit older than 14. Now yes, I realize that in today’s society there are things like Teen Mom and Jersey Shore but that doesn’t mean that exposing children to things like that is okay. I’m not saying ignoring it is okay either, but perhaps showing children while saying “This is unacceptable.” is better.

It could also be that I’m extremely conservative and very much old-fashioned. 🙂

I loved your level-headed review of this book that I loathe so much.