It's a series of poems, written in "falling rhythm." These poems, when read in order, tell a story. Stop Pretending is autobiographical for Sones, based on journals she kept as a kid, when her big sister was institutionalized. It's a gripping story, heartbreaking and so open and honest. It captures the confusion, not only of what is happening with her sister, but that issue layered on top of discovering boys, having parents that fight, being judged by friends, about missing her sister so much her heart could break...it's just so well done. I read the whole thing in one night.
In her author's note, Sones says that she wrote the book basically as therapy for herself. When she decided to publish, she was scared about what her sister would say but her sister was completely supportive and told her that this is a powerful way to communicate with others about mental illness. I just find that so cool and amazing.
Sones's books have won tons of awards including ALA's Best Books for Young Adults, and ALA's Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. One of her books, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies made the ALA's Top Ten Most Challenged Books list. It's next on my reading list!
Cool author, check her out.