In order to read Patricia McCormick’s novels, the reader has to anticipate a sense of emotional rawness in them.
As fictional works, McCormick’s novels are based on intense research that can take years and field experience which consists of talking to people who have experienced similar situations that she is inspired to write about.
McCormick has written five novels: “Purple Heart,” “My Brother’s Keeper,” “Cut,” “Sold” and “Never Fall Down.”
McCormick helped Malala Yousafzai write her memoir “I Am Malala.”
I have only read McCormick’s “Cut” and “Sold.”
“Cut” is about a young girl who refuses to talk to anyone, while she is intentionally harming herself.
Due to her struggle with self-harm, she is sent to live in a psychiatric hospital, where she participates in sessions of group therapy with people who also harm themselves.
It is an intense book that shows the reader the dynamics of cutting and the reasons people choose to do it.
At the end of the book, it is revealed why the girl is so depressed and why she chooses to stay silent and cut herself.
It is an unexpected reason that no reader would assume and is what makes this book so realistic. A person never knows why someone is depressed or hurting themselves.
Some people go through certain traumas and can maintain a level head, while others are impacted more heavily, and this novel shows both situations.
Depression and self-harm isn’t something people can see or assume, no matter what the situation.
The second book, “Sold,” is also a work of fiction that shows the reality of sex slavery in Nepal and India.
In the novel, the parents of the main character were tricked into selling their young daughter — a 13-year-old Nepalese girl — to a brothel in India.
This book shows the disgusting reality that sex-slavery is not only in India, but all over the world.
The book follows the young girl’s many forced sexual encounters with men who visit the brothel from all over the world.
The girl tries many times to find a man who could possibly save her from the hell she lives in, but none want anything to do with her besides receiving sexual pleasure.
As the book progresses, she remains trapped in the brothel and eventually becomes the oldest girl at 14 years old.
This book was an international bestseller. Other than co-writing “I Am Malala,” it was the most acclaimed book McCormick had ever written.
Now a motion picture, it was shown at the Seattle International Film Festival last week, and will be shown at the Indian Film Festival in London on July 10, as well as the Asian Film Festival in New York in late July.
If you can’t make either film festival, then I suggest you read the book “Sold.” In fact, I highly suggest reading all of McCormick’s books, but be prepared for the emotion.