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.
This the first YA contemporary that I fully enjoyed without a problem. It was real and raw. There was no fluff, there was no fudgy business. It was real. I avoid contemporaries because there is a certain unrealistic notion about the novel. But Symptoms of Being Human was real from beginning to end. This simple cover has a profound message of the overall context of the novel. I'm so happy this book was written and I can't recommend it enough. Go out and read Symptoms of Being Human.
Overall I would give Symptoms of Being Human 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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