Saturday, April 28, 2012

REVIEW: Stop Pretending by Sonya Sones

Title: Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy
Author: Sonya Sones
1st Published: October 21st 1999
Page Count: Paperback, 160 pages
Finished Reading: April 28, 2012

Synopsis: This is Sones first novel-in-verse, and not only that it is also a autobiographical. This is the story writting in a diary like way, only it is is in verse about how her teenage sister has a mental breakdown and is taken to a mental hospital to be treated. Ever since her big sister is taken away, she has nothing left but memories of her sister before she was like this and how she acts now.

Review: Sonya Stones wrote a very good book, and I really enjoyed it. Though it took me a long time to read for a novel-in-verse that is only 160 pages, but it was good. I loved some of the things she wrote for example, this is one of verses in this novel (and my favorite):


I'm drawing my sister
with saucers for eyes.
The saucers are spinning out sparks.

I'm drawing my mother
with zippers for eyes.
The zippers are zipped up tight.

I'm drawing my father
with windows for eyes.
The windows are broken and cracked.

I'm drawing myself
without eyes
at all.

I just love how she wrote this novel is so intriguing and mesmerizing. I don't know how I would feel if something like this ever happened to my family. It was an overall great novel, but had to give it for stars four some of the whining she kind of gave out. It made me feel like telling her: Okay! I get it, it's unfair! Nonetheless I loved it.

I recommend it for anyone who enjoys Ellen Hopkins' novels-in-verse books.

My Rating: ★★★★☆
Overall (Goodreads) Rating: 3.79 Stars
( o u t . o f . f i v e . stars)

[ Check out @ Goodreads]
[ Sones' Blog post about her Novel ]

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