The Language of Goldfish Book Summary and Study Guide

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Thirteen year old Carrie is a gifted young artist, and strong math student, struggling with a foreboding sense of anxiousness regarding becoming a teenager. The pressure to grow up begins to overwhelm Carrie, culminating in an attempted suicide.
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In the aftermath of her suicide attempt, this book chronicles Carrie's therapy, the effect of her suicide attempt on her family, her social development and the development of her art a window into her psyche.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14 Something wrong upstairs/downstairs?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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