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Finding Nevo by Nevo Zisin Book Review

Hello there!

I’m SO SORRY FOR BEING SO LATE WITH MY REVIEW! I was meant to post this last week but I was away in Japan having exciting new adventures overseas! Before I left though I made sure to read this book for Lit Club as my last book of 2018 and I can say that it definitely made me think a lot about what it means to be a woman, a man, lesbian, gay, transgender and what it means to be LGBTQ+ as a whole.

Firstly, I’d like to begin that I (sort of) was a part of the LGBTQ+ community as what they call an “ally” meaning someone who supports them a lot and I became a strong supporter through reading the Silver Inky nominated book of 2016: Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I think through showing others that I supported LGBTQ-ism, it made my friends be able to comfortably come out to me. Most of my friends came out to me as bisexual or in some cases lesbian. But this year a friend of mine (who was a girl) said that she was gay and a few months later told me that she was transgender and was going to transform herself into a male later that year. So to say that Finding Nevo was a pretty personal book is a statement that barely scratches the surface. I was only a hundred pages in before I almost broke down in tears because so much of Nevo’s story I could see draw parallels to my friend’s.

I thought this would be a fiction novel instead of an non-fiction book which was a pleasant surprise. Nevertheless I managed to happily binge read through all the 200 pages and followed through with their story. I found their voice to be passionate and full of political prowess and philosophical ideas wondering what gender means and making even my own perceptions of gender change. What does it mean to be a female? What does it mean to be a male? and it really made me understand transgender from another viewpoint and from an own voice which was not only written beautifully but told beautifully too.

I don’t feel like it’s right to rate a life story, that’s cruelty I reckon but I will leave it to say that this book is definitely one that needs to be read and I think it has the power to really grab onto its readers. Many would feel for Nevo and follow them on their journey of self discovery and finally finding comfort and happiness. I think that this book deserves to be heard.