Stop Pretending What Happened When My Sister Went Crazy written by: Sonya Sones Lexi Gryszowka
"Hospitalized" A poem that represents what it is like for Cookie to see her older sister at first.
"Sister's in the psycho ward... Suddenly I'm running, stumbling, sister's demons chasing after, listening, laughing, right behind me lurching at my heelsremind me: I could have been the one."
"Questions" A poem that symbolizes how hard it is for Cookie at school because she can't even tell her best friends.
"When my friends ask where she is, I tell them she's in the hospital. When they ask why, I shrug and say she's sick."
"Trying To Play Monopoly" A poem that shows how hard it is for them to act as a functional family. It symbolizes how much things have changed, and how frustrating and difficult it is to handle the problem.
"She leaps from her seat, grabbing the board and heaving it into the air, sending houses and cards flying."
"During History Class" This poem shows how Cookie's closest friends act when she tells them her secret. Rumour gets out, and she loses her friends. Most people make fun of her.
"The note read, Cookie's sister is cuckoo." "I hate all of them."
"I look around at my family and put down BETTER."
"In the Visiting Room" Cookie had a new best friend and a boyfriend now. In this poem her family was playing Scrabble like a normal family. This poem starts to resolve the problem, her sister is getting better.