Monday, July 25, 2016

Symptoms of Being Human: Boy or Girl? Yes.

Symptoms of Being Human: Boy or Girl? Yes. by Jeff Garvin

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.

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Lori Snyder said...

This sounds great - thanks, Lee! Just ordered it from the library.

Unknown said...

A friend of mine and I read this as we're preparing a presentation for a multicultural conference. Here's my review