I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

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.

Chronicles the three-year battle of a mentally ill, but perceptive, teenage girl against a world of her own creation, emphasizing her relationship with the doctor who gave her the ammunition of self-understanding with which to help herself.

"I wrote this novel, which is a fictionalized autobiography, to give a picture of what being schizophrenic feels like and what can be accomplished with a trusting relationship between a gifted therapist and a willing patient. It is not a case history or study. I like to think it is a hymn to reality." —Joanne Greenberg

Title:I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780451160317
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  • Majenta

    "'Oh, do come in, dear Doctor. You are just in time for the patient's soothing tea and the end of the world.'" p. 17."'The HIDDEN strength is too deep a secret. But in the end...it is our only ally.'"...

  • Lisa Vegan

    I first read this in 1966 when I was 13 and in the 8th grade and it became my favorite book and remained my favorite book throughout high school. I reread it many times, although it's been years since...

  • Brittni

    To get below the surface of this book, one must invest himself/herself. This I was willing to do. As a fellow sufferer of mental illness, I long for memoirs of those who've gone through the same as me...

  • Lee

    This was a powerful and painful reading experience and not something I would have naturally gravitated to on my own. I chose to read this upon the recommendation of a friend and I'm very glad I did. I...

  • Jonathan Ashleigh

    As someone who feels like they deal with mental illness on a daily basis, it was hard for me to enter the mind of someone with schizophrenia. I just couldn’t deal with the concept. It was well writt...

  • Arminzerella

    When we meet Deborah, she’s on her way to a mental hospital. She’s two years short of finishing high school, and she’s recently been hospitalized for slitting her wrists. Her mother, at least, i...

  • Carol

    What a beautifully written semi-autobiographical story of the struggle of a young girl attempting to refocus her energies on the real world, making the transition from being mentally ill and being men...

  • Rachel

    This is a brilliant book and perhaps deserves more than three stars, but there are certainly problems, most having to do with our better understanding of schizophrenia in more recent times. As a histo...

  • Victoria Hill

    A moving, thought-provoking and inspiring account of a young girl's struggle with schizophrenia. Following a suicide attempt, Debra, aged just 16, is committed to a mental hospital. Over the next thre...

  • Dad

    "[I like the] fine old word asylum that suggests a haven, a refuge, a place where hospitality and restfulness prevail." -George A Zeller MD, of Peoria State HospitalJoanne Greenberg was hospitalized f...