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I Never Promised You A Rose Garden by Joanna Greenberg

I totally adored this book. I've always been fascinated by books about the mentally ill because of a long line of disturbed individuals in my family. I read this book in about two days, which is a very short amount of time for me, considering how busy I've been with exams and other school-related nonsense.

I felt that Deborah's sickness was both original and convincing and I liked that she didn't have some kind of huge, dramatic memory that influenced her sickness; that it was almost totally out of her control. I mean yeah, bad stuff had happened to her like with the surgery and the summer camp, but everyone has bad memories and traumatic experiences.

I liked the other characters as well, especially because they were all so incurably disturbed and had their own behaviors and symptoms.

My only qualm was the ending. It felt a bit rushed to me, like it didn't tie up as many loose ends as I would have hoped, for instance, Deborah's family. In the last chapter or so it felt as if they kind of disappeared.

Either way! Loved the book, definitely recommend it.
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