Tales of the Madman Underground is an incredible book. All Karl wants is to be ordinary. He thinks that if he can get through the first week of school without any issues, his problems will be solved. Karl works at least 5 separate jobs, has a dead father and a mother with so many issues its inconceivable. The therapy group he's a part of, called the Madman Underground, is so brilliantly strange, tear-jerking and candid and even though they each have problems you want to hate them but you end up rooting for them.