I can’t say that I have ever actually given any thought to human trafficking. Maybe we can chalk it up to what I would consider #firstworldproblems but I’ve never really been concerned about it. I think I’ve given more though to global warming quite honestly. The sad thing is that both issues deserve our/my attention. That’s kind of why I think Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson was so great, because it highlighted an issue that should concern us all.
In Cut Me Free, we are introduced to Piper/Charlotte, and from the outset we realized that she is not a normal girl. When I say that she is not normal, I don’t mean in the ‘she’s got super powers’ kind of way, but rather she hasn’t not lived what would be considered a normal life. Rather she has been abused, quite horrifically and by those closest to her, for most of her life. We join her not while she is still experiencing the abuse, but rather as she is making a go of being ‘somewhat’ free. From the vauge recollections and glimpses that Piper//Charlotte offers us throughout the book, it is not directly clear just what type of abuse she suffered, and for me, that made it that much worse. The ‘unsaid’ part of it all allowed my imagination to run wild, but at the end of the day, abuse is abuse and it is all horrific.
While Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson was well done and highlighted a very important issue, there were still some parts of it that were quite far fetched. I’m not going to go into them here as I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone as this book isn’t being released until January 2015. I understand why those elements were added in to the story, because it makes for a good story, but that didn’t change them from being a bit ridiculous and giving me a few eye rolling moments. Having said that, I would still recommend Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson as book that is worth reading.
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