As a teenager Sonya Sones spent hours pouring her private thoughts and feelings into journals. Her passion for writing, drawing and photography led her to begin making animated films when she was seventeen. She studied filmmaking in college, and went on to teach animation, make films for public television, and edit movies in Hollywood. She lives with her husband and two children in California. Stop Pretending is her first book.
The book in one sentence: Diary of a girl whose sister suffered from a nervous breakdown.
Who would you recommend it to: Umm, relatives of people who had nervous breakdowns? (I’m not trying to be funny, honest.) But also people who enjoy reading free verse.
OK bits: Generally everything.
Boring bits: Well, maybe some things.
Random review quote:
“This is a truthful and moving book. It will gain a devoted readership.” — David Almond
Verdict: Initially, I scorned at the review quote above. I didn’t think it was that great as to garner a ‘devoted readership.’ But when I was done with it, I really liked it. Oh well, it might have to do with the fact that I actually enjoy reading free verse books (I’ve even written one myself for a class project, heh). I’ve read three so far including this; the other two being Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust and Robert Cormier’s Frenchtown Summer. If you enjoy free verse I’d also recommend those.