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Stitches: A Memoir

By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Powerful look at abusive childhood for mature readers only.

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age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 13+

Books really do save lives

I am an 18 year old female who was diagnosed with cancer of the lymph nodes in 2025, after reading this book. If it wasn't for this book I would not be where I am today. This book has a lot of meaning to myself, the teacher I had that uses this novel still, as well as my family. I am great fun to this day for having read this book.

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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 12+

A Disturbing But Powerful Memoir for Ages 12+

I'm confused as to why this book should be kept out of the hands of kids younger than 18! Indeed, it is disturbing material, but I feel it is handled in a sensitive and accessible (graphic) format. A child experiencing any kind of abuse might find this book to be an extremely hopeful and redemptive reading experience. For kids fortunate enough to come from healthy households, this book can open up productive conversations with parents about mental health, family dynamics, and the resiliency of the human spirit.

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Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (4 ):

STITCHES is elegant both visually and textually, with many heartbreakingly memorable moments. Small deserves recognition for his use of the graphic novel format to create this powerful memoir. Hopefully it will receive the recognition it's due in the world of adult literature.

Teen readers who are ready for the subject matter may frequently find themselves balled up in anger -- just like the many depictions of the author in his childhood as he endures one injustice after another. Child abuse is hard to watch from any vantage point and thankfully Small finds his way out of the cycle and ends the book on a hopeful note.

Book Details

  • Author: David Small
  • Illustrator: David Small
  • Genre: Autobiography
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co.
  • Publication date: September 1, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 17 - 17
  • Number of pages: 329
  • Available on: Paperback, Hardback
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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