Personal, political and passionate, Finding Nevo is an autobiography about gender and everything that comes with it.
Meet Nevo: girl, boy, he, she, him, her, they, them, son, daughter, student, teacher, friend, gay, bi, lesbian, trans, Jew, dyke, masculine, feminine, androgynous, queer. Nevo was not born in the wrong body. Nevo just wants everyone to catch up with all that Nevo is. Finding Nevo is an autobiography about gender and everything that comes with it.
Finding Nevo: How I Confused Everyone by Nevo Zisin is the joint winner of the Australian Family Therapists’ Award in the Older Readers category, 2018.
Nevo Zisin is a 20-year-old activist, student, writer and public speaker with a particular focus on issues surrounding gender, sex and sexuality. Assigned female at birth, Nevo has had a complex relationship with gender, transitioning to present as male at the age of 17, undergoing different medical interventions and now identifying outside of a female / male gender binary. They work particularly with children as a youth leader and through running programs and workshops in schools. They are also a contact point in the Jewish community for other children and families confronting issues of gender and sexuality in their own lives. Finding Nevo is their first book.
A gorgeous coming of age story about one person’s journey to discover themselves. Zisin is a compelling storyteller with a delightful and exciting new voice.
Finding Nevo is an honest, enlightening story of one person’s quest to understand who they are, and to overcome the prejudices and pressures which that can entail.
Could not put it down!…What a beautiful story from such a young author. Nevo’s combination of raw honesty and heartfelt memories come to life in this magnificent recollection of their life so far. A good read for anyone with an open mind and an open heart.
Finding Nevo is not a tragedy. It is a positive book filled with clever humour and an endearing enthusiasm. Nevo is unapologetic about their identity and what it means, they’re also insightful and empathetic towards their family and community’s experiences.
This book, to me, is one that should exist as a learning tool for people who aren’t queer and want to learn about queer identities, and queer people who are struggling to find a label or identity that fits with who they are.
I really liked Finding Nevo and I think Nevo is an amazing person for being so honest and willing to share their story with everyone. I’m sure this book will help a lot of people. I cannot recommend this book enough. It has stayed with me since I finished it and I think that’s the sign of an amazing book.
My Life in Books
This is a truly amazing book that we would recommend to everyone without a doubt.
A Pocket Full of Pages
If this book supports those going along the same path as Nevo and helps others empathise with those going through this process, then it has done its job. And done it well.
Amid the controversy over the government’s Safe Schools program, stories like Nevo Zisin’s are crucial in helping us all better understand what it means to be transgender.
The Sydney Morning Herald
This book will help many, many people.
Finding Nevo is Personal, political and passionate, Finding Nevo is an autobiography about gender and everything that comes with it.
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