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Stop Pretending

What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy

IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice

Christopher Award

ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults

About the Book

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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Critical Praise

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

“Heartfelt.” —KLIATT (starred review)

“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

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

“Sensitively written.” —The Horn Book

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

“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

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780064462181
  • ISBN 10: 0064462188
  • Imprint: HarperTeen
  • On Sale: 07/12/2016
  • Pages: 176
  • List Price: 12.50 CAD
  • BISAC1: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Depression
  • BISAC2: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Siblings
  • BISAC3: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Novels in Verse

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