Thursday, January 19, 2017

How to Be Happy

Title: How to Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Sex and Teenage Confusion

Author: David Burton

Genre: LGBTQIA, Teens & YA

Rating: 4 out of 5 fairies

Where to buy: Amazon

Synopsis: *Winner, the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing, 2014*
A funny, sad and serious memoir, 'How to Be Happy' is David Burton's story of his turbulent life at high school and beyond. Feeling out of place and convinced that he is not normal, David has a rocky start. He longs to have a girlfriend, but his first 'date' is a disaster. There's the catastrophe of the school swimming carnival - David is not sporty - and friendships that take devastating turns. Then he finds some solace in drama classes with the creation of 'Crazy Dave', and he builds a life where everything is fine. But everything is not fine.

And, at the centre of it all, trying desperately to work it all out, is the real David.
'How to Be Happy' tackles depression, friendship, sexual identity, suicide, academic pressure, love and adolescent confusion. It's a brave and honest account of one young man's search for a happy, true and meaningful life that will resonate with readers young and old.

About the Author: David Burton is a writer from Brisbane, now based in Sydney, best known for his theatre work. A speaker and presenter in school across Queensland, David is passionate about finding ways to open dialogue about the challenges faced by teens including sexual identity, depression and family life. You can check out his website here.

Review: A great look inside the mind of a teenager struggling with various aspects of their identity, How to Be Happy is less a book on finding happiness, and more a ray of hope for those who don't realize how not alone they are.