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Ordinary People By Judith Guest Essay

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The book I chose for my report is titled “Ordinary People” and was written by author, Judith Guest. Viking Penguin Incorporated first published the book in the United States in the year 1976. Also in the year 1976, the Macmillan Company of Canada Limited published it for the first time in Canada. The book has 259 pages and 31 chapters and is placed under the juvenile fiction genre. “Ordinary People” is a book about a seventeen-year-old boy named Conrad Jarrett coming home from a mental institution for the first time in eight months.
The book “Ordinary People” is about the Jarrett family after their loss of the oldest son Jordan “Buck” Jarrett. The main character, Conrad Jarrett, and his parents, Beth and Calvin Jarrett, are all three in an awkward state around each other after their loss. A couple of other main characters are Jordan Jarrett, Conrad’s brother that drowned, Dr. Berger, Conrad’s psychiatrist, and Jeannine Pratt, a new student at Lake Forest who ends up being Conrad’s girlfriend. The book is set in Lake Forest, Illinois, during the 1970’s. It is a cute, yet quiet, little neighborhood.
The book begins about a month after Conrad gets out of the hospital. Conrad was forced to spend eight months in a mental institution for attempting suicide by slitting his wrists. He done this because he felt that the tragic death of his brother, Jordan “Buck” Jarrett, was his fault. Once Conrad returns home from the hospital, he feels that the relationship between him and his parents has changed, more awkward like. He felt as though with his dad, he was constantly being watched for signs that he might try and hurt himself again. With his mom, he wasn’t really sure. She wasn’t much of a worrier. Conrad tried talking to her about things but she just wanted to keep the past behind her. All throughout the book, Calvin and Beth argue about Conrad. Calvin thinks that Beth doesn’t care about Conrad enough and Beth thinks that Calvin cares too much. Conrad starts seeing a psychiatrist named Dr. Berger. At first, Conrad didn’t like the idea of seeing him because he thought he was...

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