Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy

Paperback | July 12, 2016

bySonya Sones

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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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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 to...

Sonya Sones is the author of four acclaimed novels for teens:Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy;What My Mother Doesn't Know;One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies; andWhat My Girlfriend Doesn't Know. She lives in California with her family and only shops at Neiman's when it's having a sale.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.12 × 5 × 0.36 inPublished:July 12, 2016Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064462188

ISBN - 13:9780064462181

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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