Brave Face: A Memoir

By: Shaun David Hutchinson

“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.

Content warnings and resources. Preface. Author’s note.

ISBN: 9781534431515

JLG Release: Sep 2019


Sensitive Areas: Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Language: Homophobic Slur, Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Violence: Self-Harm, Violence: Mild Violence
Topics: Shaun David Hutchinson , Patients , Suicidal ideation , Self-destructive behavior , Manic-depressive illness , Clinical depression , Gays , LGBTQ , Memoirs

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Book Details

ISBN

9781534431515

First Release

September 2019

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

B

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

368

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 890L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Simon Pulse

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Language: Homophobic Slur, Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Violence: Self-Harm, Violence: Mild Violence

Topics

Shaun David Hutchinson, Patients, Suicidal ideation, Self-destructive behavior, Manic-depressive illness, Clinical depression, Gays, LGBTQ, Memoirs,

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