Brave Face

Brave Face Review

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.

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  • Larry H

    Shaun David Hutchinson is one of my favorite YA authors. His books—particularly We Are the Ants and At the Edge of the Universe —are full of emotion, pain, love, and, ultimately, hope. I've...

  • Kai

    "Coming out is, far too often, more about the person we're coming out to than it is about us. Not only do we have to expose this part of ourselves we've got hidden, but we have to shepherd the person ...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Audiobook... narrated by the author:Shaun David Hutchinson...FANTASTIC AUDIOBOOK! Listening to Shaun David Hutchinson read his memoir, was a warm intimate experience. I felt like I was listening to a ...

  • Dylan

    January 25th, 2019:Wowowowowowwowowowow is this book important. It was pretty surreal reading so in depth about Shaun's life considering he's my favorite author of all time and I can now consider him ...

  • anna ( of readsrainbow)

    it feels utterly ridiculous to rate a memoir but still, i'm just really grateful to shaun for being brave enough to share his story with us. we need it. lgbt youth growing up & figuring themselves out...

  • R.K. Gold

    What an incredible memoir ...

  • Sam Miller

    So. F*cking. Good....

  • Anniek

    If you, like me, mainly read fiction, you might have read your fair share of LGBTQ+ books, but won’t have read much about the queer people who actually wrote those books. And of course, fiction has ...

  • Kelly

    The thing I appreciate about books dealing with any challenging aspects of growing up or being a person in the world -- and in Shaun's case, being gay and having depression -- is when they don't end o...

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