STOP PRETENDING: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy

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It happened to Sonya Sones. Her brilliant sequence of poems describes the night her

19-year-old sister suddenly turns into a screaming stranger and is taken away to a psychiatric hospital. She portrays a loving family torn apart by grief; the ordeal of hospital visits; the anxiety of a 13-year-old that her friends will reject her if they find out, or that this could happen to her too; and finally her acceptance that her life has been forever changed.

This is a stunning book in the tradition of THE BELL JAR. It is the first by Sonya Sones, whose poems evoke an ordinary teenager's shattered world with powerful intensity. Deeply human and affecting, and very readable, this is an inspirational book that has already won many awards and accolades in the US, and speaks to adults just as much as teenagers.

American reviews:

'A tour de force. Sones never wavers ¿ in the authenticity of her voice' Boston Globe

'This novel in verse shows the capacity of poetry to record the personal and translate it into the universal ¿ there are wonderful surprises' Booklist

'The form, a story-in-poems, fits the story remarkably well, spotlighting the musings of the 13-year-old narrator, and pinpointing the emotions powerfully ¿ To a budding genre ¿ this book is a welcome addition' Kirkus Review

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Continuously in print for nearly two decades, this groundbreaking and profoundly moving story told in verse, from award-winning author Sonya Sones, has been repackaged with a striking new cover and bonus content.

When her beloved older sister is hospitalized after a sudden mental breakdown, Cookie is left behind to cope with a family torn apart by grief, friends who shun her, and her fear that she, too, might one day lose her mind.

Based on award-winning author Sonya Sones's own true story, this novel explores the chilling landscape of mental illness, revealing glimmers of beauty and of hope along the way. Told in a succession of short and powerful poems, it takes us deep into the cyclone of the narrator's emotions: despair, anger, guilt, resentment, and ultimately, acceptance.

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By Sones, Sonya [ [ Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy[ STOP PRETENDING: WHAT HAPPENED WHEN MY BIG SISTER WENT CRAZY ] By Sones, Sonya ( Author )Jan-23-2001 Paperback ] ] Jan-2001[ Paperback ]

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