Symptoms of Being Human
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Symptoms of Being Human

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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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 335 pages
  • 135 x 213 x 30mm | 408g
  • Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
  • United States
  • English
  • 0062382861
  • 9780062382863
  • 80,851

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An important introduction for readers who know little about gender fluidity and a welcome nod to those who may be experiencing similar feelings. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"show more
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