Brave Face


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.

Available 5/21/2019


Praise for Brave Face

“As much a book about coming out as it is a book about simply coming to be, Brave Face is the bravest memoir I’ve read in years. Illuminating, brutally honest, poignant, and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, this isn’t a book just for queer kids; it’s a book for any teen (or adult) who feels left out, rejected, confused, and scared about their place in the world.”
Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

“Shaun David Hutchinson has been hammering out one brilliant book after another, and Brave Face is his most honest and courageous one yet. This profound memoir is a triumph—a full-throated howl to the moon to remind us why we choose to survive and thrive.”
Brendan Kiely, New York Times bestselling author of Tradition

“Fearless and resonant, Hutchinson’s memoir explores personal darkness with profound candor and earned wisdom. Courageous, devastating, and beautiful.”
Caleb Roehrig, author of Death Prefers Blondes

“Shaun David Hutchinson has long been one of our brightest lights and best storytellers. In Brave Face, he shares all the sh*t he had to survive to get there—and how we can too. Brutal and essential.”
Sam J. Miller, award-winning author of The Art of Starving

“Shaun David Hutchinson’s account of his teenage years is as honest and compelling as his young adult fiction. People of all ages will find comfort and hope in this powerful, beautifully written memoir.”
Brandy Colbert, Stonewall Book Award–winning author of Little & Lion

“Shaun David Hutchinson’s Brave Face is an unforgettably profound memoir. A gut punch with moments covered in raw emotion. Its exploration of depression, family relationships, acceptance, sexuality, old wounds, and pain remind all of us that it’s okay to not be okay. That we are not alone, even in our darkest hours.”
Julian Winters, author of Running with Lions

Content Warnings for Brave Face

This book contains the following content:

  • Suicide
  • Depression
  • Self harm
  • Queerphobia