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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
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Published May 21st 2019 by Simon Pulse
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Larry H
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 always wondered how a writer can plumb such difficult emotional depths, and after reading Hutchinson's new memoir, Brave Face , I understand that he has traveled those depths, and only now has the perspective to reflect upon them.

The teenage years are difficult for many to navigate emotionally. When
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Kai
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, queer
"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 we're telling through and be careful not to hurt their feelings."

Let me just say that I'm in awe of all the groundbreaking books that are being released this year. They brave and empowering, inclusive and honest, and Brave Face is no exception.

If you have no idea who Shaun David Hutchinson is,
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Elyse  Walters
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 close friend, somebody I loved.
I still treasure meeting Shaun a few years ago.... the very popular young - (greatly deserved) - adult novelist.

....emotional beautiful memoir - capturing the essence of the joys and pain of growing up in the 80’s and 90’s ...dealing with depression, self identity,
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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 a friend.

I always have a hard time reviewing memoirs because it's someone's life, but I will say that while it is an important read, it could also me incredibly triggering. I plan to mark in this review where the specific things are mentioned in the book, soon, but just know that this goes into
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anna (½ 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 need it.


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R.K. Gold
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an incredible memoir
Sam Miller
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So. F*cking. Good.
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 on a happy note, but end on the fact that being OKAY is the goal. That finding a space to be OKAY is the challenge and the work done to manage life on realistic terms. This book does that.

There are trigger warnings throughout, as this book delves into life with depression, suicide ideation and an
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Anniek
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 huge value in capturing human experience. But reading about someone’s actual reality is a different kind of experience.

I don’t read memoirs a lot, but I read a few of Shaun David Hutchinson’s books recently and really loved those, so when I saw he had a memoir coming out, I knew I had to read it. And
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Benjamin (The Maniac)
This was so hard for me to read. Conclusion: I am gay and I am depressed.
Kaje Harper
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book has a lot of painful truth in it, about being a gay teen in the 1990s. Although this is an "it gets better" story, there is a lot more "it" than "better" here, as the story really focuses on Shaun's life up to the middle of college - which he started and stopped more than once. The focus results in a vivid portrayal of how our self-image is formed, changed, fine-tuned, and brought into judgement by the world around us and the people and information we have access to. It highlights the ...more
DonationWayne
I don’t really know how to write a review for a memoir other to say it was a lot of things very important for me to hear. I grew up in a younger generation, one who had more access to the internet, to media and in general gay content. I cried when he described his feelings while going to see Beautiful Thing, the fear the worry he would be seen by someone he knows as I experienced the same thing with Love, Simon. I ached as he described suicidal ideation and self harm, because I’ve been there ...more
Eloise
Shaun David Hutchinson is one of my favourite authors.
In all of his books you can feel that he's been through some tough times and he knows exactly how to write about it in fiction.
In this however, he goes back to his teen years to show us exactly what was up, how he realised he was gay (then later ace), how he struggled with mental health, self-harm and many other issues. He also clearly shows that he is gay and depressed but one isn't the cause of the other. Both coexist but don't have to as a
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McKinlay Dennis
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
TW for lots of things in this book, but the TWs are IN the book! I’m giving a specific TW for suicide ideation in my review.

Last week, i tweeted about how badly i wanted to die. I had a bottle of painkillers in my hand. 2 people responded, 1 of them was the author of this book. They had no idea how close i was to just quitting my life. But they reached out with love and words and it meant a lot.

I’m telling this story because i know i read this book at exactly the time i needed it. I hope it
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Snjez
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Memoirs are not usually my thing, but I wanted to read this one because I love Shaun David Hutchinson as a writer. And I'm glad I did, because I absolutely loved it.

I admire the author for having the courage to write and share his story. It's very intimate, raw and emotional, but also relatable in many ways and beautifully written.

One of my favourite reads this year.
Dominic
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, memoir
"My self-hate was caused by my complete misunderstanding of myself and what being gay meant. My depression simply used it as a way to beat me down. But that's the thing about depression math. 1 + 1 [doesn't equal] 3. The numbers never add up, but depression keeps you from showing your work and figuring it out."

When one of your favourite writers composes a memoir, it shouldn't surprise you when the man behind this art that speaks to you so personally feels really damn familiar. I have only about
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Melissa Veras
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some parts were really hard to read, but I really hope this book find its way to a young person's hands who might need to hear this story.
Circe
I wanna read this more than do my thesis.

I know it shouldn't have been easy to write this book and more because is his own memoir book, so I wanna say: Thank you so much Shaun for writing. I don't have words to describe how much you have help me with your books.
Peter Monn
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really great memoir! Related to so much of this book! My full review will be up on my booktube channel at http://YouTube.com/peterlikesbooks
oliversromeo
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owns-my-heart
if i tried REALLY hard i could probably sit down and write a longer, more eloquent review. but, i’m not going to do that.

i just CAN’T see myself reviewing this and doing it justice. this book really can save lives, and i don’t mean that in a cheesy, cliche way. i mean it literally, and i full heartedly believe that everyone who is in the right mindset to read this, should.

the content was beautiful and powerful and the content WARNINGS were immensely helpful and really helped ME take care of my
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Ivy
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coming-soon-19
Full review: https://bookpeopleteens.wordpress.com...

Hutchinson has written my favorite memoir, and one of my favorite novels of all time. Brave Face is not only essential for queer teens but for anyone whose relationship with depression is much closer than it should be. As Hutchinson states towards the end of the novel, he wrote Brave Face because he wanted to expand on the phrase “It Gets Better.” And sir, how you have succeeded. The honesty and detail in his writing is incredible, and
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Circe
I wanna read this more than do my thesis.

I know it shouldn't have been easy to write this book and more because is his own memoir book, so I wanna say: Thank you so much Shaun for writing. I don't have words to describe how much you have help me with your books.

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O M G!

ANOTHER SHAUN DAVID BOOK AND EVEN BETTER HIS OWN MEMOIR

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Stephanie
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, favorites
I read this book in one day and I haven't stopped crying. Everyone please please please read this book.
Reaperne
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want-to-buy-read
"I was just a confused kid who'd learned the vocabulary of being gay from a world that hated fags"
BookHugger
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
It feels weird rating a memoir, like I'm rating Shaun David Hutchinson's life, which I'm trying very hard not to do. At the end of the day, though, I found the beginning far more compelling, both because it was less heavy and because it was more controlled. Objectively, this is not a bad book nor a bad memoir, but somewhere along the way, it became harder and harder to read. I don't want to diminish his experiences, but much of the time I felt like there was a gap in his development. We saw him ...more
bri ♡
Oct 05, 2019 added it
Shelves: lgbtq-books
not going to rate this but read it.
↠ dan ↞
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
i'm so grateful and proud of shaun for writing this ...more
Jess
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
My review of Brave Face is up on my blog now!

https://bookreviewsfromanovelnerd.wor...
Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reads-of-2019
Stop whatever you are doing right now and go read this memoir.

I have written and re-written this review about a dozen times and I still don't know quite what to say. I want to say something profound and heartfelt about what listening to this audiobook (narrated by Shaun himself) meant to me but my words are fumbling and juvenile in the face of this book. Nothing I can say in my review will suffice to convey how much I needed to read something like this.

If you're young, queer, nerdy, confused,
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Shaun is a major geek and all about nerdy shenanigans. He is the author of many queer books for young adults. Find out more information at shaundavidhutchinson.com. He currently lives in Seattle and watches way too much Doctor Who.
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