Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Sister Went Crazy, a series of poems, is Sonya Sones' poignant story of her teenage years, during which time her sister had a nervous breakdown. The poetry describes the initial shock and confusion she felt as her sister's odd behavior became more profound, the initial embarrassment and fear the diagnosis brought, and the eventual acceptance of her sister's condition. It also deals with the opposite sex and homework, issues all teens face at some point.

Jamie Whitfield teaches middle school English and literature.

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