winterfirestorm (winterfirestorm) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

1. I Never Promised you a Rose Garden - Joanne Greenberg

1. I Never Promised You A Rose Garden - Joanne Greenberg
My first book of 2010 which I actually started at the end of last year. It is about a 16yo girl with schizophrenia and takes us through the three years she spends in a mental hospital. It is based on the author's own experiences but has been fictionalised.  I had heard good things about this book and normally like books about mentall illness (such as The Bell Jar and Girl, Interrupted) but I found this one to be slightly underwhelming, despite the cover saying that it is a classic bestseller. I could not relate to the protagonist at all for the first half of the book and began wondering what the point of the story was. The second half was much better as the plot gained direction and as she heals, she becomes a more accessible character.

Given its modern classic status I would recommend it to people who already have an interest in this sort of fiction but would not recommend it too people who are new to this genre - I would definitely recommend The Bell Jar or Girl, Interrupted before this one. The end of the book somewhat makes up for its beginning.



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