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Missing the Big Picture [Kindle Edition]

Luke Donovan
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Book Description

Missing the Big Picture is an autobiographical coming of age story about one man’s struggle with mental illness and suicidal thoughts, his eventual college graduation, and his career as a comedian.
Comedian Luke G. Donovan is the product of a single parent home with a mentally ill grandmother. Bullied and abused by classmates and faced with inappropriate and unprofessional faculty members in high school, he finally has a great first year of college, but continues to hear voices and have suicidal thoughts. But through it all he perseveres to earn his degree, work as a registered nurse, and become an award winning stand-up comedy performer. A story as harrowing as it is hopeful, Donovan delivers it all with a humbling dose of self-confidence and humor that is enthralling and inspirational.

For Luke G. Donovan, life in Albany is, as Erma Bombeck famously said, “like a bowl of cherries”—and he is indeed in the pits. After being a product of an estranged household, and finding his home life stigmatizing in his Catholic military high school, he is the recipient of bullying from classmates and inappropriate and unprofessional faculty members. Ultimately he transfers to a public school, but only continues to have difficulty relating to classmates. A people pleaser by nature, he is consistently taken advantage of, picked on, and unhappy with whom he is and how he looks.

From the age of eighteen through his graduation from college, Donovan hears voices in his mind, voices that lead to thoughts of suicide. Through perseverance and courage, however, he is able to emerge from these trying times as a registered nurse. And as he continues to grow as a person, he begins to understand what he calls the big picture: self-confidence, compassion for others, and a positive, realistic attitude. And instead of letting anger at his treatment consume him, he uses it to help heal himself and others with laughter.

Shining light on a litany of taboo subjects, Donovan illuminates the profound truth that relationships, friendships, peer pressure, and body image are not gender issues—rather they are human issues. A powerful, inspirational coming of age journey, Missing the Big Picture shatters stereotypes as it teaches tolerance and acceptance.

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About the Author

I was born in Albany, New York. From the outside, my life seemed normal: I grew up in the suburbs and went to college. On the inside, I was constantly struggling with mental illness, depression, and constantly thinking that I was not good enough and inferior to everybody. I am currently a registered nurse and comedian. I want to share my story so other struggling young people understand they’re not alone and that others have similar experiences and feelings.

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  • File Size: 326 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1467940917
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007S2769G
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tender, heartbreaking... and hysterically funny July 6, 2012
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As an only child who never knew his father, Luke Donovan was raised by a single mother in a house with an OCD-afflicted grandmother who allowed laundry to be done only on Sundays at 7:40 p.m. Yep, some people have it tough right out of the gate.

Missing the Big Picture chronicles Donovan's tumultuous journey into young adulthood as a smart, but lonely, misfit who endures the endless cruelty of his classmates while desperately craving their friendship. No, Catholic military school is no place for a boy who walks on his toes, and especially not one who is exponentially more intelligent than his doltish teachers.

Donovan's challenges grow beyond self-esteem issues and confused sexuality when he starts hearing voices in his head. He breaks his adoring mother's heart when he confides his depression and contemplations of suicide. Thankfully, he prevails as he grows into young adulthood and finds both a rewarding career that allows him to share the compassion his mother instilled in him and a creative outlet in performing stand-up comedy.

As with most self-published works, this book could have been edited a bit more tightly, but Donovan's full-frontal honesty and ability to see the humor in even the darkest situations is exemplary. This is a compelling memoir that had me laughing out loud one minute and ready to cry the next. I recommend this book to all--especially if you were the last to be chosen in gym class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Story July 22, 2012
By Jim
I always appreciate books where the author shares FIRST HAND experiences, as opposed to someone doing as study. The author (Luke) shares some very personal, and in many ways unflattering details of his past and his struggles with mental disease. So many people I'm sure suffer from some sort of mental disorder, even if it's "just" depression. It's nice to know there are others out there in the same boat, and that the disorder is just that- a disorder. Not a sickenss. I think this book would be a great read for anyone who either is currently suffering from a mental disorder, or has a loved one who is.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Repetative Story April 4, 2013
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I appreciate the honesty in the story and had never considered what it would be like to be someone with his condition... but far too much emphasis on sex and repetition of the same concept.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for All Teens and Young Adults April 22, 2012
By Sarah
Luke Donovan's Missing the Big Picture brings to light the fact that boys struggle with the same self-esteem, bullying and mental health issues as females during the teenage years. In many ways this book fills a gap. It seems so often we hear of programs and attention paid to young girls during this time, when boys deserve equal attention. Missing the Big Picture opens the door for discussion around this issue. It is real, raw and honest. Donovan describes in detail his struggle to overcome obstacles that were set in his way - mental health disorders, thoughts of suicide, bullying and despair, and how he was able to overcome them all. Everyone can relate. It is a story of perseverance, determination and believing things will get better. A page turner from Chapter 1. A book like this should be required reading for all middle school and high school students, as well as their parents. Thank you Luke for helping others through this book. Simply amazing!
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More About the Author

Writing a book about my life is a dream come true! Please feel free to email me at In my spare time, I am trying to learn squash and get back into fencing. Actually, I dont do any of that, but my life is too boring so I made that up. I enjoy doing comedy, and advocating for rights for people with mental illness. Thanks for reading my book!

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