Finding Nevo

Nevo Zisin

Black Dog Books

May 2017

$18.99 AU

222p pb

ISBN: 978-1925381184

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Finding Nevo by Nevo Zisin is an amazing and inspiring novel. It is the autobiography of a young person struggling with gender dysphoria and questioning their identity. The way it is written makes every topic easy to handle and relatable, even if you, personally, have never struggled with those problems. I could understand exactly where Nevo was coming from, and I felt myself opening up to the issues that people like Nevo face every day.

The story is beautiful, and written from the heart. It is touching, and reads very realistically, and true. The passion that went into the story is easy to see as if the author really cared about the topic, which they really did. I would recommend this book to all teenagers, and young adults. I think that it would help other young people to understand, really understand, transgenders, all members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and feminism. The book covers so many different issues realistically and truthfully. 

I was engrossed in the world of Nevo, because the language of the book was so inviting. It invited me to feel what Nevo felt, to walk in the shoes of people with less privilege than myself. I started to understand how much casual transphobia, stereotypes, and homophobia hurt people every single day. Again, I would recommend Finding Nevo to all my friends, so that they can understand the struggles of minority groups, and, with it, feel some compassion towards other people around the world in different situations and circumstances to themselves. Thank you for giving me the gift of such a great story.

Grace, Year 9

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