Symptoms of Being Human

Symptoms of Being Human.jpgAuthor:  Jeff Garvin
Published: February 2nd 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | LGBTIA+
Edition: library hardcover
Length: 330 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

“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.”  ~Goodreads

I have so much to say about this book yet I’m incoherent of what to write. Hopefully I do justice to this book in my review.

Symptoms of Being Human was an amazing book. It was well written and so deep. I haven’t cried because of a book in a while & I had lots of tears and was pretty close to crying while reading this book. I think had I been home alone and/or not so self-conscious, I would have cried.  It’s a brilliant book. It was heartbreaking.  I started this book and read it straight. I finished it in a few hours without any breaks. That’s something I haven’t done in a while. Mostly because of school & work but this book is gripping.

Riley was amazing & snarky. I just about instantly like them as I started reading the book. All the characters were amazing. I enjoyed reading Riley’s story.

Lately I’ve kinda been reading a lot of first person books and I was kinda over it but in this book I really enjoyed it. It didn’t bother me. It added that much more to the story. You could see and feel Riley’s emotions and thought. Which made the book so much more impactful.

I love how there wasn’t really romance in the book. There was a hint of it but it was so low key. The major focus was about Riley and their issues. This was an emotional book. And yet I feel like this could be so much emotional to a person who is genderfluid or had yet to discover they are. I am glad there is a book like this out for those who have yet to find a book with a mc they can relate to.

I really enjoyed the writing. I want more of this book and yet I feel like it could be left like that. I can’t wait to see what else Jeff Garvin comes up with next. 🙂

Have you read this book? If so what did you think of it?


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