Review : Symptoms of being human by Jeff Garvin

“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. ”


I love the fact that this book is a thing. I love how explicative it is and how much informations on gender fluidity we can find in this fiction. I really enjoy this book. The main character, Riley, is a great narrator. Fun, charismatic, interesting. I also really like that Riley’s biological sex is never revealed. The blogging aspect was really great too, i like the mystery part, trying to figure out who Riley’s stalker was. The plot was not developed enough for my taste, there was alot informations and not enough story. I feel maybe it would have been interesting to focus a little more on the plotline. The side characters were fantastic. I LOVE Solo soooo much. I would love to see more of him. He was such a fun character and i love his friendship with Riley. Bec was also a very cool character, i like her alot.  The writing style was great too, lots of geeky references and nice quotes. 

I really love this book, i’m glad i picked it up and i can highly recommend it.

Symptoms of being human : 4/5

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