01 November 2009

Freaks and Revelations; Davida Wills Hurwin

Freaks and Revelations Freaks and Revelations by Davida Wills Hurwin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is another one of those difficult to read books. Difficult in style (figuring out who is who, and when) and difficult in ideas (would a mother really kick her gay 12-year-old son out? how can anyone get that high and hate that much? can you really forgive?). Like The Hate List, this is a book that teens should read, if only to understand how twisted people can be inside and how sad our world really is.

Doug's journey from an abusive home through drugs to Punk Rage to skinhead to working to protect others from people like him is far more dramatic than Jason's, and in some ways it's his story that stays with you after the book is done. Jason, a beautiful gay boy living on the streets, first in The Castro and then in L.A., is easier to reach but no less heartbreaking. The events that lead to their collision seem so random, both the first time and the second, adding to the discomfort that one feels when reading this.

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