I Never Promised You a Rose Garden is the story of gifted teenager Deborah Blau's struggle with schizophrenia. Deborah, a talented artist, struggles with a break in perception that leads her to believe in the reality of her invented fantasy world, Yr. As her mental state worsens, so does the fantasy world until even Deborah's safe haven has become a wasteland. With the help of a therapist, Dr. Fried, Deborah fights for her mind and for herself and eventually begins to turn her life around.

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