How to Be Happy

David Burton

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A funny, sad and serious memoir, How to Be Happyis 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 Happytackles 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.

David Burtonis a twenty-seven-year-old writer from Brisbane, best known for his theatre work. His play April's Fool(Playlab Press) toured nationally in 2012. He has recently co-written Hedonism's Second Albumfor La Boite indie, and The Landmine Is Mefor Queensland Theatre Company. A speaker and presenter in school across Queensland, David is passionate about sharing his remarkable story with young people. How to Be Happywon the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing in 2014.

'[Burton] delivers some devastating truth bombs. Sexuality is hard. Identity is hard. Love is hard. School is hard...This book shines a much-needed light back through the tunnel. It is a call-out to teenagers still struggling to find their way. How to Be Happysays "here's the path I took, hope it helps".' Books & Publishing

'I'm blown away by Burton's raw honesty and admirable wit.' Alpha Reader

'A fast-paced read that reminded me of one of my favourite memoirs, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.' Bumbling Bookworm

'How to Be Happyis easily a five star book ...I just can't fathom my love for this book into words. You all need to read it.' Endless Pages

'How to Be Happyis funny. Bitingly, embarrassingly, genuinely--FUNNY...This book is gold, and if I could I'd make it mandatory reading in schools.' Alpha Reader

'This is an important book, one that deserves our attention... Highly recommended.' Reading Time

'Anyone who has ever felt like they didn't fit in will be able to relate to the story of David's unusual childhood and teenage years. I wish there had been a book like this when I was 14.' Get Reading

ISBN: 9781925240344
Publication Date: 26-Aug-2015
Publisher: Text Publishing Company