May 31, 2011

Review - Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy by Sonya Sones

After Cookie's older sister has a mental breakdown and ends up being hospitalized, Cookie struggles with accepting the situation. She worries not only about her sister but also about how her friends and classmates will react when they hear about her sister. Cookie fears that she will also develop mental illness. As the family adjust to their new reality, Cookie visits her sister often and tries to reestablish the connection they once had. 

This short novel-in-verse packs a powerful punch as it portrays the family's roller coaster of emotions through the eyes of a young girl. Mental illness and its effect on the family is an important topic that is not often explored in teen literature. This story is actually based on the author's own experiences. It really gives you insight into what it must be like to have a family member with mental illness. Stop Pretending is a heartfelt and inspiring read. 


Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great book. I will have to add it to my list to read.

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