Told narratively as diary entries, the film follows 13-year-old
Trevor, a passionate Diana Ross fan who strives for attention
from his parents by faking suicides. To no avail. To his delight,
Trevor is befriended by a hunky school athlete named Pinky
Faraday, upon whom he develops a crush. When he confesses
how he feels about Pinky to his best friend Walter Stiltman,
not realizing anything is unusual about his feelings, his
friend turns on him and word spreads at school that Trevor
is gay. Shortly thereafter, a confused Trevor is ostracized
by all of his friends. In his ensuing pain, he attempts to
give himself electric shocks to reverse his apparent homosexuality,
runs away from home, and ultimately attempts real suicide
while lip-syncing to the song "Endless Love."
When Trevor awakes in the hospital, he meets Jack, a young
candy-striper with a supportive demeanor and pleasant bedside
manner. Jack's friendship and advice, alongwith his offer
of a free ticket to see Diana Ross, inspire Trevor to live.
The film closes with a buoyant Trevor dancing up the sidewalk
to his parents' house while Diana Ross sings "I'm Coming
NOTE: The majority of this synopsis is excerpted from
a review of the film that ran in The Edge. Thanks to the reviewer
for capturing it so well.