mdettmann's review against another edition
raeanne's review against another edition
I wasn't sure I'd actually read this, but since it was free on Rivetedlit.com 12/10/19, I decided to try it out.
The Trigger Warnings? LOVE.
The disclaimers about Truth and memory and owning shitty behavior in the beginning won me over.
Then there's the journal entries, which oh my heart. It balances the adult writing the YA POV and cements the reality of Teen Shaun.
And again the trigger warning for the actual suicide attempt.
I was okay reading about the self-harm and crappy angsty poetry, though they did capture how I felt then too perfectly, but I didn't want to risk reading that section.
This one read like a YA book, which really worked for me. I love the casual conversational storytelling style. Including all the facts about pop culture then and now, with hindsight and context.
I've read two of Hutchinson's books before: We Are The Ants and At The End of the Universe. I was one of the few that didn't love We Are The Ants, but I did love At The End of The Universe. For both, the characters, writing, and handling of tough topics were amazing.
This gives me a new appreciation and understanding of his work. I do plan on reading any of them that strikes my fancy in the future.
c100's review against another edition
Graphic: Vomit, Homophobia, Suicidal thoughts, Suicide attempt, and Self harm
Moderate: Toxic relationship, Blood, and Sexual assault
heyscottcurry's review against another edition
I appreciated a lot about this memoir. The 'coming out story' portion is a common story but one we don't hear or read about often enough. It helped me realize that the coming out stories I typically read make me feel comfortable because they're usually more relatable to me. His story was nothing like mine, and that was helpful for my own understanding of how the queer world works because it pushed me out of my little box.
Hutchinson sharing how depression shows up in his life was moving and relatable. And how he managed to 'grow up' despite all of these circumstances deserves applause.
It's hard to judge a memoir on any set of criteria. I will say, the last few chapters of the book were my favorite as Hutchinson speeds through several decades of his life with small glimpses at memories that I'm sure are fascinating stories. Hopefully, he's saving those for a follow-up! :)
one_crazy_eliott's review against another edition
nosmallthing's review against another edition
Graphic: Mental illness, Self harm, Injury/Injury detail, Suicide attempt, Sexual assault, Homophobia, and Suicidal thoughts
Moderate: Medical content, Toxic friendship, Drug abuse, and Drug use
catbewks's review against another edition
annebennett1957's review against another edition
My review: https://headfullofbooks.blogspot.com/2019/12/review-brave-face-how-i-survived.html