It happens just like that, in the blink of an eye. An older sister has a mental breakdown and has to be hospitalized. A younger sister is left behind to cope with a family torn apart by grief and friends who turn their backs on her. But worst of all is the loss of her big sister, her confidante, her best friend, who has gone someplace no one can reach.
In the tradition of "The Bell Jar, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, " and " Lisa, Bright and Dark" comes this haunting first book told in poems, and based on the true story of the author's life.
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"The poems have a cumulative emotional power." -- ALA Booklist (starred review) "Heartfelt." -- KLIATT (starred review) "The poems take on life and movement, the individual frames of a movie that in the unspooling become animated, telling a compelling tale." -- Kirkus Reviews "Unpretentious. Accessible. Deeply felt." -- School Library Journal "Sensitively written." -- The Horn Book "This debut novel shows the capacity of poetry to record the personal and translate it into the universal." -- Chicago Tribune "Stop Pretending is a tour de force debut. It celebrates truth-telling, and has a purity and passion that speaks to the heart." -- Boston Globe