Symptoms of Being Human

Symptoms of Being Human

Jeff Garvin Tom Phelan / Jan 25, 2020

Symptoms of Being Human 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

  • Title: Symptoms of Being Human
  • Author: Jeff Garvin Tom Phelan
  • ISBN: 9780062447258
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Audiobook
  • 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 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 ber 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.

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        Jeff Garvin grew up in Orange County, California, the son of a banker and a magician He started acting in high school, and enjoyed a fifteen year career including guest starring roles in network television series ranging from The Wonder Years to Roseanne to Caroline and the City, as well as several independent features.While studying at Chapman University, Jeff won awards for classical guitar and visual storytelling before graduating with a BFA in Film As the front man of his rock band, 7k, Garvin released three albums and toured the United States When the band dissolved in 2011, Jeff, who had always written short stories and lyrics, found his passion in full length fiction.His debut novel, SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN, tells the story of Riley, a 16 year old gender fluid teen who starts an anonymous blog to deal with hostility from classmates and tension at home But when the blog goes viral, a storm of media attention threatens Riley s anonymity Coming February 2, 2016 from Balzer Bray HarperCollins.Jeff lives in Southern California with his music teacher wife, their menagerie, and a respectable collection of books and guitars.


    1. The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?I'm glad this book exists. I really am. Unlike What We Left Behind, which completely misrepresents gender fluidity, Symptoms of Being Human provides plenty of information about being gender fluid, reminds us that there are many ways to be gender fluid, and will probably make gender fluid teens feel less alone.BUT. I am a real believer in the power of fiction. In my life, I have taken more from powerful stories [...]

    2. As always, I’m going to be honest with you: I had never heard of ‘‘gender fluidity’’ before Symptoms of Being Human came along and held my hand through the process of my discovering this psychology.This book is informative and realistically illustrates what a gender fluid adolescent’s life and thoughts can look like. However, I do hope that not every gender fluid person has to go through everything Riley does, because Riley doesn’t have it easy in school.It’s hard for Riley to be [...]

    3. THIS WAS GREAT. I feel like it could have used a more solid plot as a backbone to all of the information on gender fluidity that was provided, but I really did love it.

    4. Symptoms of Being Human is an illuminating novel on gender fluidity and LGBTQA in general for that matter. It chronicles a particularly poignant point in the life of our main character, Riley Cavanaugh, who is gender-fluid. The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?Riley's gender has always been a subject of speculation by everyone he/she meets. This kind of attention causes significant distress to Riley, as he/she just wants to be left alone to feel [...]

    5. 3.5 starsGender fluid: a gender identity which refers to a gender which varies over time. A gender fluid person may at any time identify as male, female, neutrois, or any other non-binary identity, or some combination of identities. Their gender can also vary at random or vary in response to different circumstances.-Source: gender wikiThis is an incredibly interesting book and I learned a lot of new terms and subjects, as well as it changed the way I think about other people. This is the story o [...]

    6. Ahhhhh, I have nooooo idea how to review this book. Mainly because I didn't particularly like the writing, but I'm also worried that rating it negatively will have people thinking that I don't think it's an important story. IT IS. I learned a lot about gender-fluid people from this book and I think their story is very important.But that sayingwhere was the plot? It was mega-slow and I found the writing tedious at times. I also found Riley's voice rather devoid of emotion. Now that could just be [...]

    7. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/“The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?”And that’s one thing you’ll never find out, so it’s better to go in knowing it. Riley Cavanaugh’s story is one you probably haven’t read before – that of a gender fluid teenager. As the book says regarding gender . . . “Honestly, there’s so much information out there, and a lot of it contradicts itself. The pronouns and the terminology, it’s very [...]

    8. Sometimes, after turning page after page of a truly great book, you think, with total conviction: this book could change someone’s life. That’s how I felt more than once while reading SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN. But not only that—I also had another thought. This book could save someone’s life.The protagonist in SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN, Riley Cavanaugh, is gender fluid and identifies as both a boy and a girl, depending on the day. Some mornings, Riley wakes up and feels more girl; others, Ri [...]

    9. (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)“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 [...]

    10. SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN's Riley Cavanaugh is whip-smart, thoughtful, sensitive, and as Riley's therapist describes, a "two-liter soda bottle that the world keeps shaking." Riley is gender-fluid, and throughout the novel the tension is sustained by threats coming at Riley, as well as through Riley's own internal debate of whether or not to come out to parents, friends, and the pubic, who care because Riley's dad is a politician. Riley is reading The Crucible, and is living in one, withstanding gr [...]

    11. I was bullied quite a lot in high school because my lack of athleticism and my passion for music and drama made me an easy target. While there was a lot in high school I enjoyed, it was a tremendously stressful and traumatizing time in so many ways, and every day I wanted to escape the notice of my tormentors.But as painful as that was, it doesn't hold a candle to the treatment of Riley Cavanaugh in Jeff Garvin's absolutely amazing Symptoms of Being Human."The first thing you're going to want to [...]

    12. (view spoiler)[I'm so tired of cis people writing stories where trans people are sexually assaulted.I know it happens. I know this is part of many trans people's stories, especially if they're trans women and/or people of colour. I know the statistics; they've been burned into my brain. I know how unsafe it is to be trans. But when you compare trans stories written by trans people with trans stories written by cis people, you invariably come up with patterns. One of those patterns is that when c [...]

    13. Finalizando janeiro com uma leitura super rápida e gostosa, mas cheia de coisa polêmica e necessária.O livro aborda um tema bem complexo que começou a ser discutido por não muito tempo, que é a questão dos transgêneros que se identificam como pessoas de gênero fluido. O/A personagem principal se chama Riley e vamos ficar pra sempre sem saber se Riley nasceu menino ou menina. Depois de algumas páginas e uma boa reflexão (pq né, vamos ler e refletir sobre a vida real) a gente chega a c [...]

    14. 3.5 stars round up to 4.I had to consider my review for the last couple of days. A rarity for me as I often write reviews right away as soon as I close the book. Symptoms of Being Human was certainly a page turner and I read it in about 2 hours. This is the first YA read that I have selected that deals with the subject of a teenager being gender fluid. As I peruse the reviews of other , many of the reviewers are much more knowledgeable about this subject. Aside from the fact that Riley takes to [...]

    15. The world is a better place because this book exists. It will make readers more compassionate and empathetic. I can't think of a stronger endorsement than that.

    16. I was hooked on Riley from the very first page--this teenager trying to navigate gender, attraction, politics, and high school all at the same time--and after that I could not put this book down. Riley's voice is as clever as it is vulnerable, both funny and serious in turns. The supporting cast is wonderful, both the peers and the adults in Riley's life, and the friendships reminded me of the ones in THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER: funny, complex, and deeply intertwined.Sometimes books change [...]

    17. THIS WAS AMAZING. IT SHATTERED MY HEART INTO A MILLION PIECES AND PUT IT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN.Look for a more coherent review soon. Just know that you NEED this one.

    18. So ridiculously real and relateable. As a gender-fluid person, i approve this message.

    19. Thought this was book was really good! Funny, sharp, and readable. And the form fits the content. Garvin does a great job of hiding the protagonist's assigned-at-birth gender in a way that doesn't feel forced: that mechanism by itself does a lot to hold up a mirror to the reader's own preconceptions. Book was filled with warmth and understanding, I blew through it a morning. (I got an advanced reader copy of this book through an ARC tour for debut authors, but the copy carried no expectation or [...]

    20. I loved this story - there are not many books out there with genderfluid main characters, and finding one that is also a great story is delightful.Riley is the teen child of a congressman, and they narrate this story of their life with a persuasive voice. (In fact the one criticism here would be that Riley is too talented with words to be a teenager, but in the pleasure of the story and the importance of the message, I was willing to see them as gifted, and eloquent, without damaging the image o [...]

    21. Wow, you guys. Just wow.I wanted to read this book because I wanted to know more about gender fluidity. So far, there are only two people I have come across in my whole life who I know are gender fluid, and if I am honest I didn’t know too much about what the two words meant. I could turn this review into a debate of whether or not gender fluidity is “real” or “right.” But right now I just want to review the book, so let’s discuss this one regardless of where you stand on those viewp [...]

    22. 4.5 estrelas por tudo. Pela história, pela mensagem, pelas personagens e por tudo o que aprendi com ewle. Acho que é daqueles livros que pode ajudar muito a quem esteja a passar por algo semelhante, a quem esteja confuso com a sua identidade de género ou quem conheça alguém e queira ajudar.Aprendi que não é sexo feminino ou masculino, é género. E que não há só estes géneros. Que transexual e transgénero não é a mesma coisa. Gostei mesmo muito e recomendo.()Confesso que o que gost [...]

    23. Otro gran libro que ha llegado a mi vida, directo, fuerte, sensible, inteligente, sublime. Recomendado al 100%.¿Para qué leer qué nos hace humanos?1. En un principio por la originalidad en la manera de narrar por parte del autor, ya que no usa los pronombre personales para su protagonista, dejando en la imaginación del lector el género biológico de Riley la voz de esta novela. 2. Los temas de diversidad de género, identidad de género, disforia de género y todo lo referente a teoría que [...]

    24. Gah, YOU GUYS. THIS BOOK. I absolutely adored Riley's story. It's not an easy one, but it's real and messy and so, so needed. Riley is a gender fluid teen searching for bravery, for a place, for a cause. Riley navigates bullying and anxiety with such authenticity, I found myself breathless for half of this novel. Garvin crafts a story that speaks to the emotionally and physically violent treatment genderqueer and trans persons deal with on a daily basis. He calls attention to this with both a se [...]

    25. (book #5 in my pride month challenge)I can't blame you for trying to categorize me. It's human instinct.4,5 stars!This was insanely good and informative. Despite me wanting to stay away from YA contemporaries for a bit, I wanted to read a book with a genderfluid character for research and I wanted it to be in our world because honestly I had Questions. So when someone recommended it to me I was ready to be a bit bored with the actual story but I decided I would go through with it even in the eve [...]

    26. I have to admit that I was both incredibly intrigued and a bit unsure of how I would feel about this book when I submitted my request to be a part of the blog tour for it. I read the summary and was immediately drawn to the premise of a gender-fluid teen struggling with knowing who they are but not being able to express it and still feel safe and secure in their life, not only at school, but at home too.The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?I’m [...]

    27. Istyria book blog ~ A World of enchanted booksSometimes I have this gut instinct about a book that tells me I have to read it because something inside me is screaming at me that it'll be amazing. Symptoms of Being Human is one of those books and when I finally listened to that voice inside my head, it ended up being my first 5-star read in more than a month.Symptoms of Being Human is about Riley Cavanaugh. Riley is many things. Punk Rock, snarky, funny, rebellious, and gender-fluid. Some days Ri [...]

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