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Symptoms of being human

by Garvin, Jeff,

Format: Print Book [2016]
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Summary

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 #65533;ber-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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Riley has a secret. The androgynous 16-year-old is gender fluid. Some days the teen wakes up feeling like a boy, others like a girl. Riley dresses gender neutral, though that isn't enough to forestall belief at school that Riley is either homosexual or transgender. Not surprisingly, bullying results, most of it sparked by a football player and his toadies. At the suggestion of Riley's therapist, the teen begins writing as Alix in a pseudonymous blog that provides a place for candid commentary on life as gender fluid. Surprisingly, the blog goes viral and Riley's true identity is discovered by an enemy who may out Riley. This could have a disastrous impact on Riley's emotional life as well as the teen's father's campaign for reelection to Congress. Garvin's novel is one of the first YA books to deal with the complex issue of gender fluidity. To emphasize the dynamic nature of this situation, the author avoids references to Riley's birth-assigned gender. This means eschewing personal pronouns, a device some readers will find frustrating but nevertheless underscores readers' instincts to put individuals into a box. The novel has its share of histrionics Riley's typical reaction to situations is to have a panic attack, a device that gets old but for the most part, Riley's emotional life and personal growth shed welcome light on a hitherto obscure subject.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "It's the first day at a new high school, and Riley is facing typical problems, such as deciding what to wear and where to sit at lunch, and a few less common ones, such as avoiding being heckled by classmates who object to Riley's gender-nonconforming appearance. Gender-fluid Riley wakes up each morning in a different place on the male-female continuum. To be safe, Riley strives for neutrality, but that doesn't necessarily feel right. As junior year starts, Riley makes an unlikely friend, develops a crush, and-encouraged by a therapist acquired after years of anxiety and secrecy led to a suicide attempt-starts a blog about being gender-fluid. Despite bullying that escalates into full-on assault, Riley gains the courage to come out with help from friends, a love interest, and a support group. Readers never learn Riley's birth-assigned gender, but there's no question that Riley is a smart, funny, sharp-eyed force. Debut author Garvin clearly wants to teach his readers about gender and gender fluidity, but the knowledge he imparts buoys this rewarding story, never weighing it down. Ages 14-up. Agent: Rachel Ekstrom, Irene Goodman Agency. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Identity (Philosophical concept) -- Fiction.
Gender identity -- Fiction.
Sex role -- Fiction.
Bullying -- Fiction.
Blogs -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Children of politicians -- Fiction.
Orange County (Calif.) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :[2016]
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 335 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780062382863
0062382861
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