Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy (Library Binding)

What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy

By Sonya Sones

HarperTeen, 9780060283865, 160pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 1999



One night her sister goes crazy
One night her world falls apart

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.

In the tradition of The Bell Jar, and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, comes this haunting first book, inspired by the true story of the author's life. It's an intense and brutally honest story, told in a succession of powerful poems that take us into the cyclone of the narrator's emotions: grief, anger, guilt, resentment, horror, and ultimately, acceptance

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Praise For Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy

“The poems have a cumulative emotional power.”
-ALA Booklist (starred review)

“Unpretentious. Accessible. Deeply felt.”
-School Library Journal

“This debut novel shows the capacity of poetry to record the personal and translate it into the universal.”
-Chicago Tribune on Lucy Sullivan

“Stop Pretending is a tour de force debut. It celebrates truth-telling, and has a purity and passion that speaks to the heart.”
-Boston Globe

“The poems take on life and movement, the individual frames of a movie that in the unspooling become animated, telling a compelling tale.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Sensitively written.”
-The Horn Book

“Beautiful and disturbing.”

-KLIATT, starred review

“Intense…Blank verse is perfect for a story with such heightened emotion.”