Lada Vukić was born in Zadar and graduated from the Juraj Baraković High School and the Blagoje Bersa High School of Music. For her short stories have been published in several magazines and online portals, and have garnered a number of awards. In 2013, she was shortlisted for the national Večernjak Literary Award in Croatia. Special Needs is her first novel and won the V.B.Z award for the best unpublished novel of 2016.
Ten-year-old Emil lives with his mother in a rented flat in an unnamed European city. While she works hard in a low-paid job, Emil struggles to understand school work, abstract maths and the motivations of the adults that surround him