|By (author):||Hutchinson, Shaun David|
|Subject:||YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / General|
|YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / LGBT|
|YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Topics / Depression & Mental Illness|
|Size:||8.25in x 5.50in|
|From The Publisher*||Critically acclaimed author of We Are the Ants-described as having "hints of Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five" (School Library Journal)-opens up about what led to an attempted suicide in his teens, and his path back from the experience.|
"I wasn't depressed because I was gay. I was depressed and gay."
Shaun David Hutchinson was nineteen. Confused. Struggling to find the vocabulary to understand and accept who he was and how he fit into a community in which he couldn't see himself. The voice of depression told him that he would never be loved or wanted, while powerful and hurtful messages from society told him that being gay meant love and happiness weren't for him.
A million moments large and small over the years all came together to convince Shaun that he couldn't keep going, that he had no future. And so he followed through on trying to make that a reality.
Thankfully Shaun survived, and over time, came to embrace how grateful he is and how to find self-acceptance. In this courageous and deeply honest memoir, Shaun takes readers through the journey of what brought him to the edge, and what has helped him truly believe that it does get better.
|Review Quote*||"Shaun David Hutchinson has been hammering out one brilliant book after another, and Brave Face is his most honest and courageous one yet. This profound memoir is a triumph--a full-throated howl to the moon to remind us why we choose to survive and thrive."|
|Review Quote*||"Shaun David Hutchinson has long been one of our brightest lights and best storytellers. In Brave Face, he shares all the sh*t he had to survive to get there - and how we can too. Brutal and essential."|
|Review Quote*||"As much a book about coming out as it is a book about simply coming to be, Brave Face is the bravest memoir I've read in years. Illuminating, brutally honest, poignant, and sometimes laugh out loud funny, this isn't a book just for queer kids, it's a book for any teen (or adult) who feels left out, rejected, confused, and scared about their place in the world."|
|Review Quote*||"Fearless and resonant, Hutchinson's memoir explores personal darkness with profound candor and earned wisdom. Courageous, devastating, and beautiful."|
|Review Quote*||"It takes talent to render personal truth with clear-eyed honesty, and deep empathy for the wounded, bewildered selves we've been. It takes greater bravery to share that truth. Hutchinson has talent and bravery in droves and BRAVE FACE is a triumph. This book is a balm and I'm grateful it exists."|