Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy

Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy

by Sonya Sones
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Stop Pretending: What Happened when My Big Sister Went Crazy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was heart-warming. it had such depth and soul, i couldn't put it down. it takes a toll on your emotions you never thought possible and you'll welcome it. i couldnt put it down and i finished this book in literally two hours. Sonya Sones uses few words but they are definitely the 'write' ones.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
A little short but the tone was there and the writing was good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really moved me...especially because I'm going through something similar now. My favorite part, though was the Author's Note at the end... her sister was able to live a relatively normal life. I hope I can look forward to that in my situation too. 
miztrebor More than 1 year ago
Sonya Sones grew to be one of my (recent) favorite authors after I read What My Mother Doesn’t Know, and soon after, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know. I went out and bought all her books after I read those two. But what I didn’t expect is that Stop Pretending, Sones’ first book, is an even better book than those that came after it. Sones’ free-verse novel, Stop Pretending, does two amazing things that I haven’t witnessed in other free-verse novels so far. A majority of this book’s poems can be read separately from the others. They stand alone as very powerful works of poetry and don’t need the support of the “larger story.” At the same time, they all mesh together into that “larger story” that is hard to step away from, even with it being an emotional read. It’s the combination of these two effects that makes Sones such a great novelist and poet, all in the same work. Being that this is strongly influenced by the author’s life growing up, I feel that it helped her create the very real main character. The poems bring the reader deep into the mind of this teenager who doesn’t know how to deal with her sister’s hospitalization. This can only come from someone who’s dealt with similar issues in real life. It also allows a reader, and even society in general, to consider all sides of the situation. It’s not just the patient who needs therapy, or just someone to talk to in general. It’s all members of a family, no matter how much they try to hide it. Sonya Sones’ first book is by far my favorite of hers so far. It’s no wonder her books have gotten the attention they have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh wow. Last year at my school library I found "What my Mother doesnt know" "What my Girlfriend doesnt know" and "one of those Hidious books where the Mother dies". I loved all three and when I saw this book I bought it without looking at reviews. The other night I reread it and cryed so hard I didnt think I could stop. It is written in short unryming poems. What happens when a young teenage girls best friend and sister loses her mind? See how this book based on real events changes your life. I hope you love it!! XOXOXO OliviaZB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Sonya Sones books, but this was simply not her best! Although her poetry never ceases to captivate a reader, the story was not as interesting as others. If you want to read a story you can finish in an hour, then I recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Again HAPPYBIRTHDAY to anyone whose birthday it is i rekamend this book lol omg
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book wasnt that good. Honestly it could have been been extended some. The book could have been extended by adding more about John. The author kinda just stuck him in the story. He visited the sister once and after that, they dont mention him again. The author could have talked about how John changed Cookie and her family and they started growing closer to the sister. This book was way to short. It was an interesting plot but it wasnt used well. BOTTOM LINE: This is more of a short read definately not worth tons of money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome story but make it seven pages please! Keep it up
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Garbage annyoing i just dont get it its sad thats why its garbage
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Lanah squeals happily as she sees the movie taking place before her eyes(forgot to mention Lanahs HUGE crush on Lando Calrisian). "Before you run off on me remember we have to use the names we made up okay?" Lanah nods. "Youre Leisah Billud & im Srey Ledesk, right?" "Yep thats right" Lanah replies, snapping into her character. I run off. "Come on Leisah, Lets go see what Luke is doing." I call. "Coming Srey." Leisah replies. We run over to where Luke is walking back into his uncles house with two droids. "Hey Luke!" Leisah yells. "HEY LUKE!!!!" I yell louder. Luke turns around & sees us running toward him. He waits for us. When we catch up he says"Hey Srey. Hey Leisah." "Whats going on?" Leisah asks. "My uncle just bought these two droids from the Jawas & ive got to clean them up." "We'll help." I say quickly. "Yeah." Leisah adds. "Okay. Let me ask my uncle. Hey uncle Leisa Billud & Srey Ledesk want to help clean the droids." "Thats fine Luke as long as the droids get clean." He said. We walk into a small side hut & begin working. Luke starts on the droids & Leisah starts sweeping the floor while i begin sorting tools & parts. Suddenly Luke falls back onto the ground from where he had been clraning the small droid. Leisah & i turn around to see whatmade Luke fall. Leisahs jaw dropped & i gasped.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so great i had stayed up all night cause i couldnt sleep so i bought a bunch of books to keep my mind off things and read and finished it in like two hours and went to sleep after that
My-favorite-books More than 1 year ago
My English class read this novel together. Af first I did not think that I would like it, but I was wrong. It was excellent! The protagonist, Cookie, must come to terms with the fact that her sister is mentally ill and needs some help. At first she thinks her sister's behavior is just a little strange. But on Christmas Eve when her sister goes to mass in her nightgown, and hides 70 bars of soap in her bedroom Cookie knows that there is a serious problem. Cookie's parents must put her sister in a mental institution. Cookie must deal with taunts and teasing by her friends when they find out her sister has been committed. Cookie tries to keep it from them, and when she finally confides in them they make fun of her sister. Along with getting adjusted to her sister being in a psychiatric ward, Cookie also gets her first boyfriend. It is a confusing time for Cookie because good and bad things are happening in her life. The first time Cookie brings her boyfriend home to meet her parents they can hear them fighting inside the house. Cookie becomes very embarrrassed, but her boyfriend comforts her. Later in the novel, Cookie even takes her boyfriend to meet her sister. Ultimately, this is a novel about growing up, and learning to accept what cannot be changed. I think teenagers will be able to identify with Cookie and her struggles to understand her sister's behavior. This was a great book.
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my english class has been reading stop pertendig and its a really good book it really shows you what an teenager may go through how her sister went insace was crazy but cookie keept her head high and didnt let anything bring her down in this book it should you how your friends may turn on you when you need them the most but friends come and go but your familiy will be there through it all . i think any teenager would like to read this book .
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T_Harrison More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. The format is unique and it is really is to understand. Anyone can cope with Cookie, because we all have someone we love very much, and would just be depressed if something ever happened to them. This story helped me realize that I'm not the only one dealing with someone that is ill, and that I can live my life while taking care of them. This book is for the type of reader who has feelings the author would feel as she was writing it. Like they can actually feel what the writer was feeling.
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SHAQ32 More than 1 year ago
"Stop Pretending" is a great book to read. The reason why I think so great is because: it is not only written in poetry form, but it is nicely put together. The book is written in free verse and is highly emotional and makes you want to break-out with crying a river full of tears. It is written in a series of poems that paints a picture of the internal struggles that she went through. This book has taught me 2 valuable lessons in life while reading it. One of the life lessons is: Never judge a book by its cover b/c you never know what is going on or what will happen in that person's life. The 2nd life lesson is: cherish the time that you spend with those loved ones b/c you never know when GOD calls on you and never know what's going to happen; either today or tomorrow.
Aperkins More than 1 year ago
Stop pretending is a very good book. We read this book in my litreature class. This book is about a young girl name Cookie. Her sister has a bipolar disorder and went crazy.Every day Cookie would go to see her sister. Cookie wanted her sister to get better. Cookies parents eould always fight with each other. The sterss of their daughter being in a mental intuition was getting to them. In this book cookie would always say am I the one who is really crazy. In other words she didn't want to be like her sister. As the months progressed Cookie would go to see her sister and take pictures. Her sister was getting better. They would sit down and talk about boys and things like that. Now her sister is doing fine