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Bad Kid: A Memoir (P.S. (Paperback)) Paperback – May 19, 2015
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“The author’s story wonderfully captures the awkwardness, strife, and even terror of his experience as a gay teen; it is also upbeat, endearing, and achingly funny. A vivid and dramatic slice of adolescence.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“I expected a memoir from David Crabb to be funny; what I wasn’t prepared for is how touching it is. It’s a story of finding oneself in adolescence for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.” (Teddy Wayne, author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine and Kapitoil)
“Crabb winds up taking us to the sweet spot of literature: the truth. I rarely laugh or cry when reading. Bad Kid moved me to both.” (Brad Gooch, author of Smash Cut)
“You simply won’t find a more hilarious and captivating storyteller than David Crabb. His tales of a misspent youth are jaw-dropping, but clearly, his head and heart stayed gold.” (Kevin Allison, writer and performing member of MTV's The State)
“How can this author’s painful coming-out story-set in Texas be so utterly hilarious? Only David Crabb could transform loneliness and awkwardness and heartache into a laugh-out-loud, ‘90s-music-blasting, eyeliner-dripping joy ride. Bad Kid is a must-read.” (Diana Spechler, author of Who by Fire and Skinny)
“...engaging memoir...Crabb presents this hormone-fueled roller-coaster ride with humor and sensitivity, and draws moving portraits of the people who provided him with a community. Crabb’s exploration of the intensity, and necessity, of teen friendships especially resonates.” (Publishers Weekly)
“With just the right mix of humor and pathos, Crabb recounts cringe-worthy teenage milestones like a forced first kiss and the unwanted gift of a car. Not everyone had to face what he did, but all can empathize with Bad Kid.” (Booklist)
From the Back Cover
Discovering George Michael's Faith confirmed for David Crabb what every bully already knew: he was gay. What saved him from high school was finding a group of outlandish friends who reveled in being outsiders. David found himself enmeshed with misfits: wearing black, cutting class, staying out all night, drinking, tripping, chain-smoking, idolizing the Pet Shop Boys—and learning lessons about life and love along the way.
Richly detailed with nineties pop-culture, and including black-and-white photos throughout, Bad Kid is as laugh-out-loud funny as it is poignant. David Crabb's journey through adolescence captures the essence of every person's struggle to understand his or her true self.
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I saw David performing on America's Got Talent, and thought that he is a comic genius. Then I realized that I already had his book on my Kindle waiting to be read!
David's life and book contain very entertaining and interesting stories. How many people can offer that from their own lives? Done properly, this book could become an excellent movie. I really felt like I knew the characters, and cared about them. That is a tribute to a good writer, I think. If he writes another book, I would buy it.
I loved this book, and like David's mom, I was annoyingly acceptive of my son when he told me he was gay. This book gave me insight into the lives of so many young men and women trying to find their place and then making a place for themselves in this crazy world. David is a talented, funny, expressive writer who has a gift of making room for the reader to become a part of his experiences. Whether it's school, a smoke filled automobile, a wild bar, a funeral, or a stranger's couch, I felt like I was always welcome to be a part of the ride.
My musical taste was similar to David's with earlier New Wave, Punk, and Techno mixed in. There were some laugh out loud moments in the book and good and bad reminders of the past. It felt authentic to me as someone who was young at the time. Good job.
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