I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

by Joanne Greenberg
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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Jennisixx More than 1 year ago
All I have to say is wow. This book blew me away. It literally took you on a journey through a dark and tortured mind. You almost felt like you were in a nightmare/dream world. Everything felt real in a way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Never Promised You A Rose Garden is about a 16-year-old schizophrenic girl named Deborah Blau. It tells of Deborah's life in a mental hospital, but it is quite confusing as it switches back aand fourth from Deborah's hallucinations and reality. I would recommend to people 16 years of age and older. For younger people, just read carefully, and try to recognize which is Deborah's mind, and which is real life.
Rossa_Forbes More than 1 year ago
This book is a fictionalized version of the author's recovery from schizophrenia within the confines of a mental institution. Her journey (the book was published in 1963) was undertaken without the use of antipsychotics and her progress rested on good old-fashioned psychotherapy. It stands in refreshing and sharp contrast to the way mental illnesses have been treated since the 1970s. Through personal experience I have come to see the sorry state to which modern psychiatry has fallen in the intervening decades. Psychotherapy has been largely rejected as a therapy for schizophrenia in favour of antipsychotic medication. This situation is changing slightly because the drugs are finally beginning to be acknowledged as ineffective in the majority of patients. Psychotherapy is now getting a "re-think". What is remarkable about I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, apart from the sheer brilliance of its prose and insights, is that the author's recovery happened without a change of diet, the use of supplements or even energy medicine. It came about painfully, over time, through exploring the belief system that the young girl had constructed in order to protect herself from real and imagined family hurts. The exploration of the family belief system between the girl and her psychiatrist is very relevant to the Family Constellation Therapy that our family underwent. There is hardly any information on the market today about recovery from schizophrenia, beyond advice on continuing to take your medication, to have "realistic" expectations and to monitor yourself for signs of relapse. I believe that one of the explanations for this lack of information is that many doctors believe that recovery from schizophrenia is not possible and that anyone who "recovers" probably didn't have schizophrenia to begin with. (Joanne Greenberg would beg to differ.) Just getting off the medications is not recovery for most people. It is only the beginning of recovery. The roller coaster ride of recovery is painful and long. Set-backs often look like relapse. The temptation is always there to go back on the medications, which adds a further painful dimension, the worry over whether you are doing the right thing. Very few people believe, thanks to the power of the pharmaceutical lobby, that recovery is possible without medication. Many people believe that the medications are meant for life (and the doctors will tell you so). Many people are waiting for the next miracle drug - a drug that, in my opinion, will never fix the problems of the psyche.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes you really think about the points that were given. At some points in the book I had to think is this something that I have ever experienced. This book is good, but you have to stick with it at first, but as you go on the book gets better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A more vivid picture of insanity and mental illness could not be created with words alone. From the first page I was hooked. Joanne's description and story telling drew me in to the story so that I was more than a reader, more than an observer. I was an active participant. This story shattered the illusions of insanity that we have created and shows the reality of the afflictions that have changed little in the last 50 years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader who always wants a good book. My mother found me a copy and i started reading it... I couldn't believe how amazing it was. For all those other teens who feel insecure and need a heartening, true story, or anyone who just wants a wonderful book, I wish I could give it 10 more stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 8th grade (I'm almost through my 9th grade year now) and the memory of it surfaced after I watched the movie 'Girl, Interrupted.' This was a wonderful book... Now that I finally remembered the title, I can't wait to buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you find a book that touches a deep core inside you. Those books don't come along often, but this is one of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eh, this is a great book!, it has helped me a lot in my life. Ive been thru an awful lot and I used to retreat into myself a lot, not the point of insanity tho. This book has helped me to understand the depths of it all. It is very well written, confusin at the beginning, but just keep on reading it and read it slowly to grasp the meaning of it all. Totally reccomend it to everyone who is interested in good psychological-like books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was twelve or thirteen when I was going through a similarly rough time and I was so caught up in the book I forgot if IT was real or just a book. I have read it many times since then and almost know it by heart. Its a book I never get sick of and I have recommended it to several friends
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very thought-provoking read. I was thirteen when I read this, and I remember being extremely impressed by it. Deborah's inabliity to cope with reality touched me, because I identified with her dilemma. This book is so unique, it deals with adolescence in a way that is intriguing and non-conventional. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden' is an engaging, insightful story. It's hard not to identify with our young heroine, regardless of whether you're afflicted with mental illness or not. One of the main messages I gleaned from it is that medication may not be the answer for everyone, and the relationship with one's doctor is critical for proper healing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you don't understand how someone can be a stranger in her own world, her own family and her own body - you should read this book. "I never promised you a rosegarden" is a tragic, yet uplifting, story about a girls struggle to be free from her schizofrenia. It also gives you a little understanding of how living itself can be an enormous struggle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is spell binding and wrenches at the heartstrings. I highly reccomend this wonderful, insightful book into the world of mental illness
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was required reading when I was in HS over 10+ years ago! I'm looking forward to reading it again as an adult and rediscovering what touched me so many years ago.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never promised you a rose garden was amazing! I picked up the book because my 16 year old friend is going throught the same thing Deb (main character) is and at first thought i would skim it. The first paragraph hooked me! I now recommend it to all my friends!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was sixteen, and I just reread it. (I'm now 31.) I loved it when I was sixteen, and I still love it. The story is well-written, and insightful. The main character's experience with schizophrenia is frightening and compelling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. Joanne Greenberg is one of my favorite authors because she never lets you down.I am in 9th grade and I had to read this book for an out side reading project and it kept my attention the whole time that I was reading it. This book is great for people that like stories with a twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been reviewed many, many times so I won't review it. Just a warning to those purchasing the Nook book version that the afterward is omitted. 
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