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Boy Meets Depression: Or Life Sucks and Then You Live

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  667 ratings  ·  128 reviews
Boy Meets Depression. Boy Then Meets Floor And Stares At Ceiling. Boy Learns To Get Off The Floor And Shower Again.

Kevin Breel burst into the public's awareness when at 19 his TED talk became a worldwide phenomenon. Star athlete, ace student, and life of the party: in short, he was every parents dream. From the outside his life looked perfect. On the inside, though, the
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by Harmony
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Heidi The Reader
Boy Meets Depression is a raw memoir written by someone who lived through the depths of mental illness but, fortunately for the world, lived to tell about it. Between relating events from his past, the author pokes around in the dark corners of his mind and it can be difficult to read because of his brutal self consciousness. Breel's flowing, almost stream of consciousness, writing style probably isn't for everyone, but I generally liked it because it allowed me to literally step inside his ...more
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very very good book and one I will forever keep on my shelves so that some random person might one day see it and take it down and start reading. Having experienced depression myself and at times felt surrounded by suicide, knowing that others have felt the same way and been able to move forward is one of the most precious and valuable gifts someone can receive.
Jul 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book is an advanced reader copy, uncorrected proof. I won it through a Goodreads giveaway. The review is my honest opinion. Thank you Harmony Books.

This small book arrived, yellow and black. Immediately I was drawn to the cover. As Kevin Breel tells his story of dealing with depression, the edges of the pages go from light gray to total black. A great marketing tool.

Kevin is a 21 year old, whose TED talk about his journey as a comedian who suffers from depression became a viral sensation
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
So honest. An accessible account of his experience with depression as a young person. I feel kind of funny rating the book; it seems so presumptuous to 'grade' how someone experienced and dealt with such a difficult personal health issue. But it's so well written, relatable, and informative that I would recommend this to others, whether they suffer from depression, know someone who does, or just want to gain some perspective on the illness. In fact, I did so today, to a coworker whose daughter ...more
Chris Roberts
Oct 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Suicide and All of That: Wrap Me Up, I am All Watery Coffin

In a heightened depressive state, in which my body is commanded to move, I rush down a steep hill. The Revolutionary War hills of Cornwall, New York. Oak and birch trees that stand silent solitude at first.

Then to brush their bare limbs in applause at my heightening pace. The noise drips from my ears, an unsettling chorus. Cast in silhouette of winters late-morn. The rising up of temperature by degrees

and icy branches that give way to
Laura A. Barton
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I first came across Kevin Breel's work when I came across his TED talk, but how I came across the TED talk, I don't remember. Maybe it was just the viral nature of it that landed me on the video, or maybe it was To Write Love On Her Arms. In any case, it is because of these things and then subsequently following Breel on social media that led me to finding out about his book.

What I like about this book is it not only gives a raw look at what depression was for him, but it also does it with the
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Well, I had some quotes typed that I found from the book to include in this review but then my computer rebooted so I guess we're going to have to go without specifics. The big thing is... meh. This book was okay. It's an important subject, and it's important to have people speak frankly about it, and maybe some people will read this and it will help them and that is always good. But the quote on the back that "Kevin Breel has single-handedly demystified depression" is just a bunch of horseshit. ...more
Sep 13, 2015 rated it liked it
While it seems there are an abundance of books on dealing with depression, Ive seen very few written from the standpoint of a teenage boy. Kevin Breel provides hard-won insight into the nightmare of depression and the importance of removing the stigma surrounding mental illness so that it is treated like any other illness. This will be a valuable book for anyone dealing with depression - either their own or that of someone they care about. It will be particularly valuable for teenagers and young ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so incredibly raw and impactful. You really just feel what the narrator feels and it really strikes a chord with you. It took a lot of courage for the author to share his story like this, but I believe that this book can be really helpful for people going through the same thing and feel like theyre alone. ...more
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
A hopeful read for anyone who has experience with depression,personally or otherwise, and an eye-opener for others. 4.5 stars!
Lenny Husen
3.5 Stars.
Audio Book-read VERY well by Josh Bloomberg but not by the author, which I was disappointed about. I heard the author on a Ted Radio Podcast and he has a good voice and I liked the brief snippet so much I immediately bought this book for my commute.
What I liked: This guy went to the SAME high school I dropped out of when I was seriously depressed at age 16. My time there was 30 years before Breel's, but still, it gave me goosebumps.
Who should read/listen to this: Any First World
Nicole Jade
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is sweet perfection. I actually cried at how accurately my thoughts were captured. At about 64% in the audio, comes some of the best explanation of a depressive low I've heard. Also, narrator sounds like Ryan Reynolds. 😙
Chanell Annette
Dec 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
More than half of the book was a drag to read.

I had really high expectations from this book but was extremely disappointed. I wasnt hooked until chapter 7 (10 chapters in total) when Kevin starts to talk about what depression feels like and how he overcame it. To me, everything before that was just listening to him complain about the most trivial things. I was tempted to stop reading it so many times.
Maddie Keating
Nov 27, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was approximately what I expected. It's a memoir, so there isn't a lot of information about depression outside of Breel's personal experience. That said, I would recommend this to teens struggling with depression (adults may enjoy it too, but I don't think I got as much from this book at 20 as I would have at 15). It's a simple read, though not many of the events are resolved so I was left wishing for a more tangible resolution.

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Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: year-24
When I first chose this book to read and review, I didnt know who Kevin breel was. I didnt know he had a tedx talk, or what his story was about. Now Im so glad I know of his existence on this earth because its valuable, and its needed.

The beginning of Kevins book walks you through his childhood. From the way his family ran, to being in school, to the tragedy he endured just brides high school, and then the awkwardness of learning to deal with being a teenager and fight feelings of depression.
Ginae B.
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.

Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars
Boy Meets Depression Or Life Sucks and Then You Live by Kevin Breel

This book didn't really do anything for me. I found myself skipping sentences because I felt like it was a bit dull. It feels harsh saying this because Breel wrote about suicide and his suffering from depression. I think I felt the way I did because my depression was so immensely different from Breel's. The way he described his suffering, I couldn't relate to. I didn't feel anything throughout this book until the epilogue and the acknowledgements page. The epilogue made me laugh and cry at the
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"It took me months to realize that I was drowning in a deep and dark depression. it seemed as though knowing you're depressed would be obvious- the way it is when you cut yourself or come down with a cold- but it isn't. it's as if suffering has a way of secretly finding a home inside you, slipping past your own sense of self and common sense."

Reading Boy Meets Depression was like going to therapy. Kevin Breel touches on so many different facets of his depression- the self loathing, doubt, fears
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
This is a brilliant book. I applaud the author for having the guts to dig up his distressing past and his persistence for transforming that mess into a compelling narrative.

He accurately describes the slow and insidious process of an eroding self. With its devastating consequences of filling up the empty space, once occupied by the very fundamental human concept of a worthy self, with confusion, despair and pain.
A frightening state where the intrinsic safety-switch is no longer in place and
Dec 29, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5-3 stars.
This little yellow book caught my eye in the bookstore and I thought I would give it a try. I have heard good things about Breel's TED talk, but I'm not sure that his writing style is for me. The subject matter he is writing on is important and this is a good book to have out there but it didn't seem very cohesive to me. It felt like I was being thrown from epiphany to failed epiphany and depression likened to so many things that I lost track.
I think this would be a great book to
Rich Wagner
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow this is one of those books that really makes you think.The early parts of this book are entertaining and pass by quickly.Then the author really gets into his depression and the struggle with it.While this was a tough stretch to read it's not because it wasn't good .It's just it's a to digest and I had to take it in small portions.Worth checking out as it offers a lot of good suggestions on how to deal with depression and life in general. #####I won this through goodreads in exchange for an ...more
This book, as I have said many times before, is one of the most emotional, charming and hilarious books on the subject of depression and mental illness. I have never been so proud of someone I have never met.

I face my own issues, and Breel made me feel like he was sitting beside me, telling me his own story. He made me laugh and he made me cry. And I have never wanted to meet someone so badly in my entire life. Thank you for this book, Kevin.
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
A disturbingly accurate vision of what it is like to be depressed as a child. But when he gets into adulthood, the language he uses (meaningless, sleepy, etc) seem to be cliched descriptions of depression. Will do well as an athlete's intro to depression but nothing revelatory here.
I think I cried at least five times while reading this.
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Carlos Ramirez
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kevin Breel
Boy Meets Depression, 2015
Harmony Books (New York)
Copyright 2015

This book is touching because you can feel his guts when he loses someone important he loved. This book is biographical because the reader writes about his life and how miserable it was.
However, this book gets a tiny bit boring and complex in the middle chapters, but dont let this change your mind about reading it because this book is amusing, hilarious, memorable and really powerful to our hearts because it shows us
Christie Gribschaw
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Life sucks and then you die, except... oops... sometimes you actually live. And life continues to suck some more. Until finally, someone or something or a whole bunch of someones and somethings pulls you out of it. Literally drags you kicking and screaming or possibly limp and defeated back into the light. And all you can think about is how you hate the light; how you find it so accusatory and yourself so so shameful. And then bit by bit without even realizing it the pieces come back together ...more
Austin Mulder
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book hit hard. As another boy who's well acquainted with depression, a lot of it was so familiar. Kevin Breel has a real way with words and honesty about how it feels, a lot of it matched me to a T. One of particular note was the fogginess and intermingling of conditions being compared to a car engine. Turning the key may trigger it starting, but in effect there's far more moving pieces than just that, just like how the thing that breaks you down seems to be something minor that's just the ...more
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, goodreads
This was a wonderful and insightful read to someone who struggles with depression. This book at times to me was scary in a good way. It felt like I was looking at a younger version of myself. Kevin grew up with a dysfunctional family like I did. He didn't make friends easily and was pretty awkward. I was and still am to this day. Kevin only had one really good friend that one day he tragically loses. That's when the depression really starts to kick in. A few people try to help Kevin deal with ...more
Robinson Terry
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
He is a huge fan of alliteration and repeats certain phrases throughout the confessional style memoir. His narration, although stream-of-conscious, winds on itself like a slinky bouncing up and down. He readily acknowledges that his tale is less dire than many others, which renders his intent in creating this book somewhat bare. Did he write this to capitalize on fame brought on by his Ted talk? I haven't watched the speech, but it clearly catapulted him to some level of self-help celebrity, ...more
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KEVIN BREEL is a 21-year-old writer, comedian, and activist for mental health. His work has been featured by NBC, CBS, The Huffington Post, MTV, CNN, The Today Show, Mashable and The Wall Street Journal. His passionate TEDx talk entitled "Confessions of a Depressed Comic" went instantly viral online- amassing millions of viewers and being featured on more than 200+ media outlets. Mashable called ...more

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