Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Symptoms of Being Human
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Symptoms of Being Human “The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?”

This was an interesting book about a gender fluid teen and her struggles to cope with her gender issues.

Riley was an interesting character, and I felt like we got a feel for her/him even though we never found out what gender he/she was. (I’m just going to use feminine pronouns for now) Her troubles seemed genuine though, and dysphoria that she went through seemed pretty awful, not to mention the bullying.

The storyline in this was about Riley’s struggle to understand herself, as well as her struggles with how she presented herself to other people, and her indecision over what to tell her parents about herself.
There was a tiny bit of romance in this, but not a lot.

The ending to this was okay, although the mystery of what gender Riley actually was was never solved.

6.5 out of 10

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