How to be happy: a memoir of love, sex and teenage confusion

Burton, David ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2727-0030 (2015) How to be happy: a memoir of love, sex and teenage confusion. Text Publishing Company, Melbourne, Australia. ISBN 9781925240344


Abstract

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.


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Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2021 04:55
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Uncontrolled Keywords: depression in adolescence; adolescence; happiness
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470531 Young adult literature
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41785

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