Symptoms of Being Human (Hardcover)

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Riley is GENDERFLUID. This is a YA book with an incredibly strong voice. Enter Riley's world: a skinny, white genderfluid child of a congressperson, just starting a new school. Their best friend is an overweight, mixed race Star Wars obsessed jock, and their love interest an androgynous goth girl. But don't just read it for the characters - Symptoms of Being Human adds an important perspective with accessible langugage to the world of YA. --Becca

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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 uber-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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062382863
ISBN-10: 0062382861
Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2016
Pages: 352
Language: English