Freaks and Revelations
Little Brown and Company
"You can come back when you're done being gay." Jason is a 13-year-old who comes out to his religious and conservative mother, only to be cast out of their home. Homeless, he learns how to survive, eventually turning to hustling as a way to live. Doug is a 17-year-old with an abusive father and a chip on his shoulder. Energized and empowered by violence, he gets mixed up with a group of Neo-Nazis. The lives of these two flawed teens spiral towards each other, and one fateful night their paths cross at a fast-food restaurant in Los Angeles, and a horrendous hate crime is committed. Freaks and Revelations is a raw and gripping novel based on the haunting true story of Timothy Zaal and Matthew Boger. Told in alternating perspectives by Jason (Matthew Boger) and Doug (Timothy Zaal), author Davida Wills Hurwin creates a fictional narrative that traces the tragic - but ultimately inspirational - journeys of two very polarized teens.
Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Separation; Family violence; Homelessness; Race discrimination; Homosexuality; separated parents; abusive father; homeless child; homeless teenager; racism; biogtry; gay teenager
mother and father; separated parents
Choices, 2010 Fiction Young Adult
Gay and Lesbian Themes and Topics in Selected Children's and Young Adult Books, 2009 GLBTQ Children and Teens: Fiction
Rainbow List, 2010 Fiction
Sequoyah Book Award, 2011 - 2012
teenage boys; neo nazi; kicked out of home; violence; hate crime; California; harassment; abuse
Hurwin, Davida Wills, "Freaks and Revelations" (2009). DIVerse Families. 1351.