Cristy Watson is a teacher who writes poetry and YA. Her newest story is Cutter Boy.
Travis is bullied at school and ignored at home. He has no one to talk to. The only thing that gives him peace is cutting himself with a razor blade. When he meets new girl Chyvonne at school, he wants to get to know her better, but he’s afraid she’ll find out his secret.
As Travis grows closer to Chyvonne, he wonders what causes his mother to hate him so much. Then he finds the art of paper cutting, which seems to be the only other option to make himself feel better. Will Travis ever win his struggle with self-harm?
Cutter Boy is a difficult and dark short novel that delves into an area seldom explored in literature: self-harm among guys. Travis’ journey is wrenching and emotionally gripping.
(Galley courtesy of James Lorimer & Company.)