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How to Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Sex and Teenage Confusion by [Burton, David]
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'Burton's descriptions of his anxiety and depression are tangibly poignant, giving authentic voice to those struggling with similar issues. His tone morphs fluidly from compulsively funny to devastating from one moment to the next, and his uproarious wit shines throughout. A heartfelt, accessible book that strives to break down the stigmas surrounding mental illness with remarkable humor and honesty. (Memoir. 15-adult)--Kirkus

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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.

David Burton is 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 Album for La Boite indie, and The Landmine Is Me for 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 Happy won 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 Happy says “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 Happy is 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 Happy is 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

How to Be Happy is a perfect books for teens and adults...It's funny, touching, and insightful, and I think it could help a lot of people feel less isolated.’ Bookish Manicurist

‘Burton’s descriptions of his anxiety and depression are tangibly poignant, giving authentic voice to those struggling with similar issues. His tone morphs fluidly from compulsively funny to devastating from one moment to the next, and his uproarious wit shines throughout. A heartfelt, accessible book that strives to break down the stigmas surrounding mental illness with remarkable humor and honesty.’ Kirkus Reviews 


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3628 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Text Publishing (26 August 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Y71OGK8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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3.0 out of 5 starsA rollicking voice
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3.0 out of 5 starsMixed review, but I'm not his target audience, so perhaps that is why I wasn't more enthused
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