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A young man's journey with AIDS : the story of Nick Trevor
Reese, Luellen K.
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [1997]

Physical Description:
159 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The mother of a young man with AIDS tells his story based on the journal which she kept throughout their experiences with his illness.
Reading Level:
940 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.8 7.0 1904.

Reading Counts RC High School 7.9 9 Quiz: 12947 Guided reading level: NR.
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RJ387.A25 R44 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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During the 17 years since HIV/AIDS claimed its first victim, hundreds of thousands of Americans have succumbed to the virus. Among those people was a young man named Nicolas J. Trevor. His story, as told by his mother, Luellen Reese, is the moving and hopeful account of one young man's illness and death--and the impact it had on his family, community, and the many young people who read his life's story.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Reese puts a face and a name on PWAs (persons with AIDS) through her brutally honest account of her late son Jonathan's long struggle with the disease. A songwriter in a rock band, Jonathan changed his name to Nick Trevor, ran away from home and experimented with sex and drugs; his experiences took him to a foster home, a juvenile hall and a psychiatric facility. Then, at the age of 19 when he was just starting to see a steady girlfriend and go back to school, Nick was diagnosed with AIDS. Readers will see glimmers of Nick's charismatic and magnetic personality via an article he wrote for Static, the newspaper he edited, the occasional song lyric and from quotes Reese recalls in dialogue, but the majority of the book is from his mother's perspective. The facts in themselves are compelling, but, unfortunately, the adult point of view may deter teens (e.g., when Nick wants to sleep with his girlfriend in his home, "To Nick, it was a matter of trust and not of his parents' responsibility for his 14-year-old visitor"). This chronicle of Nick's daily struggles and background on various treatments for PWAs will likely be most informative for those seeking information on AIDS. Ages 14-17. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up‘A disturbing story, and not because it is about AIDS. In a third-person narrative, Reese presents her son's life story based on her personal journal and the young man's writings. The result is a highly controlled view of a troubled youth that substitutes rationalization for insight. Enough information is presented for readers to know that there are problems with alcohol in the family, but the effects of this disease aren't explored in the narrative and the context for Nick's drug and alcohol abuse is lost. The idea that a teen who runs away from home continually and moves from foster home to juvenile-detention center to psychiatric ward is merely working out his need to be his own person or is restless, is an example of the kind of rationalizations given here for extreme behaviors. The mother is particularly off-putting. She always has the answer for everything from prescribing medications, to helping her son define his sexuality, to gauging his spiritual growth. This presentation doesn't come across as much as a struggle with AIDS as a struggle for control. The human insight and understanding expected from a biography is all but absent. While one does not doubt that Trevor was a talented and intelligent young man, readers cannot help feeling that this isn't the whole story. Michael Thomas Ford's The Voices of AIDS (Morrow, 1995) and Ryan White and Ann Marie Cunningham's Ryan White (Dial, 1991) are more compelling biographies about teens infected with AIDS.‘Melissa Gross, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.