Finding Nevo - First Impressions
Finding Nevo is deeply personal, a deeply intriguing look into the life of a homosexual, transgender and non-binary person named Nevo. They state early in the book, and repeat often enough, that their book is only representative of a single trans narrative and does not represent the untold aggression or unrequited acceptance that trans people receive widely in their respective lives. Finding Nevo is also about community, the will to find one that accepts you for who you feel you are rather than who you should be. Nevo feels unkempt in some portions of the Jewish community, rejecting some expectations, but ultimately finds their place within it.
The thing that really struck me about finding Nevo was how educational it strives to be far from a simple recount of the events of their life, the book also tries to address the issues behind coming out and the strains it can put on a family, especially as Nevo comes out three times, as homosexual, transgender and non-binary. While re-stating the fact that their life is a singular, perhaps different narrative to others, they give advice on how they found their way through a dark path.
I would recommend reading it if you’re looking for a honest and mature reflection on the pains of growing up different from the norm.
Also, apologies that this is so short. At a rough 200~250 pages, Finding Nevo is short too, a quick but educational read on a unique life. The writing style is fine; simple and easy to follow, and so it’s easy to go from one page to the next, although unsatisfying. The one thing that really irked me about the book was that the ending was aiming to be sentimental and reflective, but didn’t feel like a good ending. I can’t describe why, I just came away feeling underwhelmed.
Please feel free to add anything that really struck you about the book, these are just some of the things that got stuck in my head about the book.
(Feel free to point out to me any disrespect or outdated terms I may have used in this post, always deepest apologies if I have)