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Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy


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ISBN13: 9780064462181
ISBN10: 0064462188
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It happens just like that, in the blink of an eye. An older sister has a mental breakdown and has to be hospitalized. A younger sister is left behind to cope with a family torn apart by grief and friends who turn their backs on her. But worst of all is the loss of her big sister, her confidante, her best friend, who has gone someplace no one can reach.

In the tradition of The Bell Jar, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, and Lisa, Bright and Dark comes this haunting first book told in poems, and based on the true story of the author's life.

2000 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA) and 2000 Quick Picks for Young Adults (Recomm. Books for Reluctant Young Readers)

About the Author

As a teenager Sonya Sones spent hours pouring her private thoughts and feelings into journals. Her passion for writing, drawing, and photography led her to begin making animated films when she was seventeen. She studied filmmaking in college, and went on to teach animation, make films for public television, and edit movies in Hollywood. She lives with her husband and two children near the beach in California. Stop Pretendingis her first book.

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kryptique, September 21, 2011 (view all comments by kryptique)
I admit I was unsure about the form of free verse....however, this book immediately put an end to my doubts! Sonya Sones is a fantastic writer with spare, lyric free verse that still gives the feel and texture of a teenager's thoughts, feelings, and narration. Each word seems to have more weight in this format and yet the story went zipping along wonderfully well. Some heavy topics are addressed in here, including mental illness and the effects it has on a family. Yet the story has its funny and touching moments, with an uplifting ending. A more realistic and heartfelt portrayal of mental illness than many.
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oxlyssi424xo, November 28, 2007 (view all comments by oxlyssi424xo)
sonya sones has always been a favorite author of mine
but when i read this book it just made me love her even more
and the fact that this actually happened to her makes her all the more amazing
at thirteen her sister needs to be institutionalized and she remains strong and loving with her sister
she ignores what all her "friends" say about her.
and becomes even stronger by the end of the book
i deffinately reccomend reading this book!
it will make you laugh, cry, and want to hug your sister and never let go.
i know i did. =)
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o_l, April 24, 2007 (view all comments by o_l)
Stop Pretending by Sonya Sones is set in a mental hospital. The main characters sister stays in the white room with bars that cover the windows so there are no escapes. As her sister is transported to the hospital Cookie remains at her house with her mother and father. Those are the main characters of this thrilling book. Through this book cookie try’s to get through with the comments of people talking about her sister. Her mother on the other hand is said that she is going through depression. Her dad has just ignored the situation and is holding it very well. The plot of Stop Pretending is that cookie want to prove that her sister is not crazy and that she should be the one in the hospital and stays with that through out the book. She also wants her life to be like her friends and not like it is know. This all starts in the beginning of the story when cookies sister has a mental breakdown. It then leads for only one visit each day, which may not happen. Even though it’s a one-hour visit each day it brings the family closer and closer as it goes on. The writer is trying to tell us to be thankful for our health and for everything that we have even if it’s not a lot. This book was well written and has a good theme for all ages.
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Sones, Sonya
by Sonya Sones
New York
Poetry - General
Family - Siblings
Children's 12-Up - Poetry
Mental Illness
Family problems
Family - Daily Life
Social Science - Psychology
Poetry : General
General Juvenile Fiction
Children's poetry
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8 x 5.375 in 7.28 oz
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