Symptoms of Being Human
Books | Young Adult Fiction / Coming of Age
Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist * YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers * ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults List * 2017 Rainbow A sharply honest and moving debut perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Ask the Passengers.Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. But Riley isn't exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in über-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley's life.On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it's really like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley's starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley's real identity, threatening exposure. And Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.From debut author Jeff Garvin comes a powerful and uplifting portrait of a modern teen struggling with high school, relationships, and what it means to be a person.
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"This is the first book I’ve read that talks about gender identity and I absolutely loved it. Riley is such an amazing human and the writer of this book created them anyway that made me want nothing more than to hug them. The supporting characters, the plot, the location, all of it was absolutely amazing and I highly suggest you read this book￼￼"
"Being human has its quirks...and its irks. And most of those occur within yourself. You'll never cease to stop learning about yourself. And that's okay, because like all things, we're destined to change. Not finding out who you are is not a problem, its an adventure. Because you won't have to settle so soon. And it doesn't matter how old you get, you won't stop changing. And that's okay, enjoy it🖤😋"
"Genderfluid, lgbtq perfect combination of romance, high school drama, and mystery"
"My comfort book. I also love the audiobook! This book helped me get through highschool and inspired me in so many ways. When I can't sleep or I can't calm down, if I feel anxious or sick, I play the audiobook on my phone if I don't have a copy with me to read. One of my favorite art pieces I've ever created is an homage to this book. An all time favorite for sure."