Book Reviews of I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
Author: Joanne Greenberg, Hannah Green
ISBN-13: 9780807218143
ISBN-10: 0807218146
Publication Date: 6/1986
Edition: BkCassett
Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
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4.8 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Listening Library
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
Interesting look at mental illness from the perspective of a teenage girl struggling for sanity. Not a light read but pulls you into a complex and deep story.
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Helpful Score: 5
A very interesting book about a girl who escapes the problems of real life by creating a magical world in her mind, complete with its own dieties and language. Her parents have her committed to a mental hospital, where she tries to return to the real world. I would reccommend it especially to people who enjoy stories like Sybil's.
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Helpful Score: 4
those of us that suffer from depression can relate to this story of struggle
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Helpful Score: 4
This is the amazing story of a teenage girl with mental illness who gets committed by her parents to a mental hospital. Story takes place after WWII. It is amazing how similar things are today and that this is a work of fiction. I strongly recommend.
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Helpful Score: 3
Tough stuff but a good read, especially if you are a teenager or young adult, or have one.
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Helpful Score: 3
Overwhelmed by the emotional complexities of life, Deborah retreats into an imaginary kingdom - a dark place in her mind from which she must fight to break free. Aided by a brilliant psychiatrist and accompanied by her deeply concerned and terrified parents, she must undertake a three year struggle to resist the allure of madness and rejoin the real world......
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Helpful Score: 2
Really good book, you can really relate to the main character. One of the earlier, more descriptive books about mental illness and mental hospitals.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is a wonderful look into the mind of a young girl who hears voices. But more than that, there is an entire world within her head, with it's own language, landscape, gods, and most importantly, rules.

We watch Deborah as she meets the other women in the ward, talks with her psycologist, and tries desperately to become cured.

I love this book. I mean love it with my heart and soul love it. I discovered it in my HS library and since then I have tried to read it at least twice a year. The vivid characters, engaging story, and fantastic writing style bring me back every time. I think everyone should read this book.
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Helpful Score: 2
Seldon has the strange and seductive world of mental illness been charted more explicitly,or more beautifully,than in this novel-this shining story of a young girl's three years in a mental hospital and her jorney back from madness to reality.
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I read this book because it was one of my sisters favorites and she died just over a month ago. I read the entire book in one day. It was a great book. I disliked when one person came into the book. I liked how they explained the main characters feelings on a visit home. The book made me think though - do people enjoy books about being crazy out of curiosity or because we can empathize?
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Editorial Reviews

Book Description
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden is the story of a sixteen-year-old who retreats from reality into the bondage of a lushly imagined but threatening kingdom, and her slow and painful journey back to sanity. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

A young girl's journey to health, May 31, 2000
Reviewer: shel99
I read and loved this book as an adolescent. I recently saw it at the library and decided to take it out and read it again. I just finished re-reading it and found it as powerful as I remembered, possibly even more so.
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden presents a complete picture of mental illness from the patient's point of view, without the stigma of wrongness that is frequently associated with it. The picture painted is a very real one, from Deborah's relief when the doctors confirm what she's known all along, that something is not right, to the way her family deals with the fact of her illness. Greenberg/Green evokes very strong emotions with her writing. You feel Deborah's fear that her secret world of Yr will punish her for revealing its existence to her doctor, and you share in her triumph when she begins to make her way back to the world. I put down this book with a little more understanding of how it must feel to be mentally ill. I would recommend it to anyone, teen or adult.
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This is a must read! This book keeps you engaged and you learn a lot about mental illness.
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A wonderful book about a girl's journey through mental illness.
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An interesting look into the life of a mentally ill person. Now I know what the voices are.
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Story of a young girl's three year stay in a mental hospital and her retreat to an imaginery kingdom from which she struggles to wellness.
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Great classic on mental illness; in particular, schizophrenia and hospitalization to treat it some years back. Tells what the disorder is like for the patient and the family by an actual case history.
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A young girl, 16, enters a mental institution. She needs to be there, and has her own secret worrld. She knows that she is different, that few others have secret worlds, but she prefers the secret world to her "real" life. The story of her time in the mental hospital.
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I found this book to be very deep. Some of it was difficult to understand without some medical knowledge (I worked in a hospital and took courses) or some knowledge of psychiatry or mental illness. I wouldn't suggest it for high school age. In my opinion, it can help to understand bias and misinterpretations of the mentally ill, which back then was much worse than today as far as being able to help them. I read it all the way through to find out the outcome.
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this is a very old edition
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A good book.