Lisa, Bright and Dark: A Novel Book Summary and Study Guide

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Lisa is your average sixteen year old girl. She's popular and funny with a lot of friends and a boyfriend. But what no one else knows is that she is slowly losing her mind. When it finally becomes obvious that she needs help, Lisa allows some distant friends, one who was there when she tried to beg her parents for help, one who is a minister's daughter, and one who is an ex mental patient, help her.
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This book covers her friend's trying to work through Lisa's dark days and try to understand her light ones. Their methods are unorthodox, but they try because no adult will listen. Lis finally takes matters into her own hands when she walks through a window, and finally goes to a mental institution where she gets better with the help of her friends and the staff.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Family, caring for ill    -   Yes Who is sick?    -   platonic (!) friend because he/she is    -   mentally ill Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Battle with a psychiatrist    -   Yes Brain/Body disability?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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