Stop Pretending

What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy

by Sonya Sones

On Sale: 07/12/2016

Stop Pretending

What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy

by Sonya Sones

On Sale: 07/12/2016

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ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults

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ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

Christopher Award

IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice

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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