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Bad Kid

A Memoir

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 13, 2015 – In this engaging memoir, Moth host and performer Crabb makes it quite clear that for a gay, awkward teenager in the 1980s, there were better places to be than South Texas. As he entered puberty, Crabb was forced to admit to himself that he wanted Marky Mark, not Madonna, and that he had to keep this information from the world. Crabb attempted to survive high school through invisibility, but his secret crush became a best friend, and he was introduced to eyeliner, drugs, and the San Antonio underworld. Soon he was struggling to stay awake in class after yet another LSD all-nighter. When his guidance counselor called him out in front of his father for lying, skipping school, and being gay, Crabb moved to another town where he lived with his mother and eventually found the courage to accept himself. 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. His evocation of postpunk bands, brutal skinheads, and Goth attire will resonate with those who experienced the era, while his sexual anguish and fumblings are all too universal. Crabb's exploration of the intensity, and necessity, of teen friendships especially resonates.
Bad Kid
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: May 19, 2015
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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