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Stop Pretending by Sonya Sones
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Jun 10, 11

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This was a cute book of poems for a middle school girl. I wasn't terribly impressed by the poetry itself, but it was varied and honest. It actually reminded me a lot of the poetry I used to write in middle school. I wasn't terribly convinced by the sister's insanity, however. I think it might have helped to know what her mental issue was because, in this day and age, people don't just "go crazy", we actually diagnose them with something. I felt like a 13-year-old would be able to handle the information of her sister's problem. "Going crazy" was just a little vague for me to believe. I also wasn't really convinced by the girl's friends' reactions. I really don't think many middle schoolers would act the way they were portrayed; it just seemed like the author was a little out of touch with that age group. The younger sister's reaction to the gossip seemed realistic, however. All in all, I feel like this was age-appropriate poetry, but the material represented a much younger age group.
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