Synopsis of The Girl Who Dreams in Green
At seventeen, Leigh Carpenter has all of the usual problems: calculus homework, concerns about college, a seldom-seen father, and an overworked mom. But when she can't get out of bed one morning, she knows that something more is wrong.
Leigh's days become increasingly more gray, but her dreams have come to life. When she falls asleep, Leigh finds herself in a bright green land where animals talk, trees bend to her will, and a monster lurks. As her mental health worsens, her powers in Green grow—and so does the time she spends there.
Waking life is now a maze of doctor's appointments and missing hours. In Green, Leigh explores new powers and meets allies Bird and Fox, who help her battle the Darkness. But when new symptoms develop and Leigh finds herself unable to sleep, Green starts to invade her waking world as well.
What's real? What's not? And how will Leigh find peace?
"Leigh opened her eyes, and her immediate thought was of falling. All around her was open air and the tops of trees, green and round like leafy pillows. The feeling of vertigo passed, and she felt the strength of the tree beneath her feet running up her legs and into her fingers. She reached her arms above her head toward the sky, stretching away the lethargy of the waking world.
Gazing over the expanse of forest, Leigh turned in each direction, taking it all in. The sky itself was green. Green like a new leaf breaking through the soil. The sun was hidden by big, pink clouds. In the distance, there was the hint of purple mountains.
Mid-turn, something stopped her. Far away, she saw a darker swath of forest. Instead of rounded treetops, she saw blackened branches scraping the sky. Sinister ribbons of smoke crept up, forming a haze that marred the horizon..."