Boy Meets Depression: Or Life Sucks and Then You Live

We really enjoyed this book, especially Breel's readiness to put himself on display.  He mentions this, in fact.  He wonders aloud why people pen auto-biographies.  He also states on the last page of the epilogue;

I wrote this book as an invitation to a better life for anyone who has been where I've been.

When Breel writes this last part, he is including a critical juncture.  We will not spoil it for you.  We state this because we want for you to read it yourself if you identify with the author.

Book Review: Boy Meets Depression: Or Life Sucks and Then You LiveThe language and the content can be profane at times.  However, art forms are sometimes raw.  There's not a ton of it either.  It is definitely worth the read, if those who might be sensitive to this are willing to reach beyond the comfort level. 

If we were to meet Breel in person, we would probably enjoy that.  He's as funny as he is deep.  He also cares about other people. 

It's really telling how that Breel talks about his family in the beginning.  However, as he becomes more depressed and therefore more self-absorbed, the family also disappears.  This makes perfect sense.  He feels so alone and even when he doesn't have to be alone, he pulls back and ensures some modicum of safety by doing so. 

We have no criticisms for the book, other than the desire for some images of some sort.  However, that's just us.  We want to see physical manifestations of feelings, even though this clearly isn't the way of others. 

Even so, we feel as though we've just had a personal conversation with the author, though we clearly did not and really, what kind of scum bag offers up criticisms for one who has just bared their soul to you? 

It's a great read and offers plenty of excellent insight with a few laughs along the way. 


Change is never easy but always worth it. 

Depression conflicts with society's lens.

Good or bad, we're all living a story.

I hated the fact that I was going to counseling.

I was angry and upset with who I was and what I thought about. 

It took me months to realize that I was drowning in a deep and dark depression. 

Sometimes you need to go into the dark to be able to appreciate the light. 

The church might call depression a spiritual sickness.

The thing about fighting yourself is that when you decide to stop

We have no idea how many people experience depression. 

Author: Kevin Breel
Print Length: 224 pages
Publisher: Harmony (September 15, 2015)
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Sold by: Random House LLC
Language: English

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