Symptoms of Being Human


  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
  • Format: paperback ARC
  • Source: giveaway
  • Pages: 352
  • Genre: contemporary
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  • Rating: 5/5 stars

Publisher Summary:

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is . . . Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” 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. 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.


My Thoughts:



  • diverse
  • I could actually feel Riley’s feelings and anxiety
  • I actually became Riley in some scenes
  • amazing
  • window book
  • deals with
    • suicide
    • gender
    • sexuality
    • coming out
    • anxiety
    • body dysmorphia



  • doesn’t cover the topic of pronouns

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