James Lecesne. Trevor: The Story that Inspired the Trevor Project.Â Seven Stories Press, 2012. HC. 111p. $14.95.
In this novella for children and young adults, the author shares the story that inspired the Trevor Project. Lecesne uses his own experiences to tell the story of adolescent Trevor who seeks to express his true self without fear of repercussion. Yet he is frequently told he is gay and faces discrimination, bullying, ostracism, and disbelief from his family. Each time Trevor feels he is succeeding he is betrayed, ridiculed, or attacked by a person he thought was his friend and ally.
Trevorâ€™s suicide attempt causes him to find help and acceptance from his family and the friends who learn to accept him for who he is. The novella shares a heartbreaking story of a call for help and acceptance, a plea for change in attitudes.
The afterword shares the birth and growth of the Trevor Project that would have changed Trevorâ€™s life if it were available when he needed it. The â€œResource Guideâ€ in the back of the book can help readers get the assistance Trevor couldnâ€™t even dream of seeking.
This book belongs in any upper elementary, junior high, and high school collection, but adults will also benefit from this honest, poignant tale of a lost soul seeking help, whether for being gay or for being different and bullied in any other way.
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