Out Of The Blue Book Review

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Out of the Blue, a novel written, and published by Canadian journalist Jan Wong, explores an in-depth perception of the truth behind the debilitating disease known as depression and how her career kick started the diagnosis. The book, which is divided into five parts, shares the timeline of Wong’s career, depression and life-style from beginning to end. Out of the Blue covers the good, the bad and the ugly sides of a journalistic career. Its key points definitely aim to crush the wrenching stigma surrounding mental illness along with sharing various coping methods. On September 14, 2006, Wong arrived in Montreal from Toronto to cover a story about a school shooting at Dawson College. The article written by Wong that followed the incident would forever change her life. The backlash caused by her article is what Wong believes, “was the exact moment [she] began [her] descent into depression” (Wong, 35). Wong received racist and inhume comments on her article because of a comment she made within the piece that generally stated “pure laine” Quebecer’s have an issue in terms of how they treat their immigrants; and the people of…show more content…
I enjoyed this book primarily because it showed me a completely different side of journalism that I was not previously familiar with. While it provides an in-depth education in terms of depression, mental illness and the ever growing world of journalism, it does so in such way that readers are constantly wanting to turn pages. In a tale of illness, perseverance and redemption, Wong provides a fantastic insight for not only future journalists, but as well as anyone dealing with depression. Her knowledge on both subjects are truly inspiring and really made me realize how much I, as a future journalist, underestimated this career. Like Paulo Coelho said, “life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at
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