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Symptoms of Being Human
Symptoms of Being Human | Jeff Garvin
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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 pressuremedia and otherwiseis 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 schooleven developing feelings for a mysterious outcastthe 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 createda lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe inor 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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johncadams
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Read my review of LGBTQIA+, gender-fluid, YA novel Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin right here at the John C Adams Reviews blog:

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/symptoms-of-being-human-by-jeff-ga...

#JohnCAdamsReviews #JohnCAdams #jeffgarvin #symptomsofbeinghuman #Review #Reviews #fiction #Bookreview #Bookreviews #LGBTQIA+ #LGBT #book #books

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johncadams
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Symptoms of Being Human is one of the first Young Adult books to address gender fluidity and gender identity, so it has been duly recognised as groundbreaking via a number of awards, including being a finalist in the Lambda Literary Award and ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults.

Read my full review here at John C Adams Reviews.

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/symptoms-of-being-human-by-jeff-ga...

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Chittavrtti
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Enjoying my final weeks in the city and getting ready to dive into packing boxes.

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VioletMoonBooks
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The book tells the story of young Riley Cavanaugh, a gender fluid adolescent who writes a blog about their experiences and identity. The story evolves around Riley's life and their eventual decision to come out as gender fluid to the world.
#TheSymptomsOfBeingHuman #JeffGarvin #book #books #bookyourself #bookunion #booutopia #bookunicorn #bookunicorns #bookunhaul #bookish #bookishfeature #bookishfeatures #YoungAdult #LGBT #Contemporary 💗💗💗💗💗

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VioletMoonBooks
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The book tells the story of young Riley Cavanaugh, a gender fluid adolescent who writes a blog about their experiences and identity. The story evolves around Riley's life and their eventual decision to come out as gender fluid to the world.
#TheSymptomsOfBeingHuman #JeffGarvin #book #books #bookperson #bookpeople #bookpassion #bookpicture #bookpictures #bookphoto #bookphotos #bookphotograph #bookphotograph #YoungAdult #LGBT #Contemporary 🤎🤎🤎🤎

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johncadams
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VioletMoonBooks
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catie_a_n
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I‘ve read this book before, but it‘s so good! I highly recommend it.

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Zoe-h
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Loved it!!!! I could‘ve finished it yesterday if I hadn‘t been so distracted. Riley‘s story had just the right amount of humor and romance to deal with the stuff going on in the book. 5🌟

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johncadams
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I loved this book. Find out why over at my blog:Read my review of LGBTQIA+, gender-fluid, YA novel Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin right here at the John C Adams Reviews blog.

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/symptoms-of-being-human-by-jeff-ga...

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johncadams
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Read my review of LGBTQIA+, gender-fluid, YA novel Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin right here at the John C Adams Reviews blog.

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/symptoms-of-being-human-by-jeff-ga...

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VioletMoonBooks
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kitteh_reads
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Bailedbailed

I thought this was going to be a great read, really educate myself on what it means to be gender fluid. It was very difficult to understand, to relate. I was so confused. With my current eye issues, I figured I would rather spend my time reading books I enjoy and can follow along with rather than drag myself through a book I can‘t understand. Maybe I‘ll try again when my eye issues have been resolved.

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AvalonRoselin
Mehso-so

2.5/5
I appreciate the effort the author put into researching genderfluidity and lgbt issues, but the actual plot and characters come off as framing devices for a novel length essay. Points for trying but I think there's plenty of room for better representation of genderfluidity in contemporary fiction.

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Fruitypebble
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Riley... neither a girl or boy creates an anonymous blog for the LGBT+ community in hopes of others relating to his/her (Riley‘s ) stories. Riley undergoes challenges while transferring to a new school and her/his father is the mayor. While it took Riley a long while to come out the closet it she/he stands down and helps others online going through the same situation. In the end this influences her/him to come out. Symptoms of being human.

rretzler Welcome to Litsy! Enjoy! 🎉📚😀 4y
Fruitypebble @rretzler thanks so much ! I can finally be on an app where i can find people that love reading just as i do! Thanks for the welcome ! 🌺 4y
rretzler 😁 4y
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wanderinglynn Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 4y
Ericalambbrown Welcome to Litsy! 😊📚❤️ 4y
Fruitypebble @wanderinglynn thanks to you and the beautiful women that welcomed me! Thanks so much ! ❤️ 4y
jenniferajanes Welcome to Litsy! 4y
Bklover Welcome to Litsy!! 4y
Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more!#LitsyWelcomeWagon 4y
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 4y
AlwaysForeverReading Welcome to Litsy 💚❤️♥️💙💗💜 4y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 4y
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bookishkai

I feel like lots of the story was predictable, until it wasn‘t. It was realistic but not; I highly doubt Riley‘s outing would have resulted in more people coming out at school, but really, we‘re still following the Traumatize Your Queers trope? And is the author queer himself or is this another book by cis het people telling the rest of us how to Queer Better?

However, I am taking a significant leap: I‘m Kris and my pronouns are they/them.

kgriffith Is this a new move toward your authentic self, Kris?? Congratulations and thank you so much for sharing it with us, what an honor! 💜🥰🙌🏻 4y
bookishkai @kgriffith It‘s an acknowledgement that while I can‘t pass as anything but female, I‘ve always felt sort of meh about my gender. About a year ago I started researching and reading, and I‘ve been wanting to “go public” but I‘m too chicken to say anything on other social media. So you guys are the lucky winners! 4y
kgriffith @bookishkris Super proud of you for taking the leap, very courageous! 😊 4y
bookishkai @kgriffith thanks 🙂 this may be the only place I ever come out, but that‘s okay. *I* know, and that‘s what‘s most important. It really won‘t impact my public presentation much because I‘ve always swung from butch to casual femme (I was a wannabe baby butch through most of my time at MHC, but other than my hair I wasn‘t androgynous enough to successfully pull it off). 4y
Redwritinghood 💕💕 4y
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bookishkai
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I was totally indulgent today and other than emptying the dishwasher I‘ve done nothing but read. Starting my second book of the day.

Slajaunie Same here. I loaded the dishwasher and ran a load of clothes. I did absolutely nothing yesterday. It is not indulgent but necessary for our mental health to have days like this. (edited) 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I had to go to the dentist 🦷😫 I was indulgent yesterday though!! ☺️ 4y
RinaBrahmbhattBarot Wow! Second book of the day! Rock on :) I have yet to get back to reading this year 4y
VeryLazyDaisy Two book days are what I live for ♥️ 4y
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Avis
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Loved it! I liked how it‘s never revealed what gender Riley is assigned at birth, because it‘s not what‘s important. This book tackles real-life problems we have today, and it does it well. One small thing I disliked, was that some foreshadowing was very obvious.

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Rowanwax
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LIKES: 1) the answer to what lies between Riley‘s legs... perfect. 2) great characters, everyone feels like a complete person even though we only see into Riley‘s head. 3) the ending is only the beginning DISLIKES: 1) all the advice is good, no mistakes on that were made by Riley which felt unreal 2) gender IS fluid, but very binary, never mix and match. #gender #lgbtqia+ #represent #ya4life

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AndreaReads
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This book. 💕 Rylie‘s story begins with the question: boy or girl. The answer: both. As a gender fluid teen, Rylie is desperate to fit in or, better yet, go unnoticed. When that doesn‘t happen, it is a struggle to keep everything bottled up inside. I loved this story—it is funny, real, heartbreaking, and even though I don‘t identify with Rylie‘s gender identity, I identified with Rylie‘s human experience.
#ReadDiverse #LGBTQMC #IReadYA

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AndreaReads
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Today‘s my favorite day! Here‘s what I‘m currently reading! What are you reading today?

#NationalReadABookDay #ReadDiverse #LGBTQMC

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AndreaReads
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I love it when my librarian brings me book suggestions! I love that she values my opinions when it comes to the literature we try to provide to our students!

Today was our official back to school meeting, so here we go!
#Back2School #TeachersofLitsy #LitsyLovesLibrarians

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BookishGirl06
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I liked the story. I always like reading stories about gender fluid people, because it gives me a little more perspective about what that‘s like. I just don‘t feel like I liked it nearly enough to give it a higher rating, but I thought it was pretty good.

GondorGirl I really enjoyed this one. I found Riley to be believable and really appreciated how the relationship between them and their parents changed over the course of the book. I also appreciated that Riley's biological gender was never openly revealed. 5y
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BookishGirl06
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One of my #bookmarks #readingresolutions it‘s a magnetic one and smells like cherry pie 🍒 🥧

MirrorMask Cute ❤️❤️❤️ 5y
AlaMich Smelly bookmarks?! That‘s even better than smelly stickers!! 5y
BookishGirl06 @AlaMich true. I didn‘t realize they smelled until I bought them. I just thought they looked cute 5y
olivia.ferz That's cute❤ 5y
mcipher They make scented bookmarks?!? That‘s amazing!! 5y
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SinkLikeTheMoon
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"We‘re all taught from a young age that there are only two choices: pink or blue, Bratz or Power Rangers, cheerleading or football. We see gender in two dimensions because that‘s what society has taught us from birth. But, are you ready for a shocking revelation?
Society needs to change."

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Peddler410
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My first read after a month of reading only novels in verse. So far, I‘m liking it.

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Peddler410
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I received this in a bag of books for my birthday. This was never on my radar but I‘m so glad for it. I don‘t think I‘ve come across any other book with a gender fluid character.

ReadingRover I listened to this a few months ago and thought it was really good. The audiobook was well done too. 5y
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CampbellTaraL
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Uh-oh, #bookLoots happened!

I've decided that if I'm going to buy from the local chain bookstore, I have to walk there and back. If only an #indieBookstore would pop up within walking distance.

Jess7 #SYWTTAR is a 5 Star must read!! 5y
CampbellTaraL @Jess7 I've heard all amazing things, very much looking forward to this one. 5y
CampbellTaraL @WiseGirl13 My kiddo is going to love it. 😊 5y
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MissAimz_55
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My #spinepoem for #booksandshelfiesm18 . I had it be about names I and other women have been called in my life.

Symptoms of Being Human (woman)

Prey
Captive
Mental
Nasty Woman
Small, Great Things

Amabear Love❤️💔❤️ 5y
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Stevieisking
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One of my favourite reads! #riotgrams #UnderratedRead 🏳️‍🌈

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CleverBaggins
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So I almost didn't read/finish this one. It is for teenagers and reads that way often especially in the beginning but I wanted to read this first book I've found with a genderfluid character and I'm so glad I did.

It's hard and its...impactful. I cried a lot as I read. The why will probably keep me thinking for a while. I do recommend it even if you're not a teen, but definitely if you're genderfluid of any age.

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alibrarianslibrary
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Just wanted to make my own rainbow of books today. #pridereads

Zelma Nicely done! 👍 6y
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LiteraryinLawrence
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TFW your boss comes in waving an awesome new YA book about gender fluidity and says "I just read this in a day! Want to borrow it?" This one was already on my radar but it's now going to the top of my list! Cheers for working in a school that values being a safe space, and for authors who write about all of life's diverse experiences.

minkyb Excellent! 6y
Clwojick 🙌🙌 props to your boss! 5y
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Ej_books
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Riley starts off scared. Starting a new school and obviously not fitting in. But through out the book she gets more and more brave, from starting her anonymous blog to speaking in front of an entire room full of people. This book was inspiring, it encourages you to be your self even if people don't accept you for you. Definitely one to remember ✊🏻 #books #booknerd

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saguarosally
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It's good. It's intriguing. And yet, gender fluid? Is this just a new trend? I don't really care what a person's gender expression is, but why don't you ever see gender fluid people in their fifties or sixties? I feel like I'm an enemy of gender issues but I really don't yet get it. If there are any gender fluid grandparents out there, you're needed to come out. #gender #genderidentity #audiobook

ValerieAndBooks Maybe because nowadays most coming-outs happens when one is still young? But, yes, it does seem like not many gender-fluid older people are portrayed in fiction (yet). I can't think of any examples. 6y
Soubhiville There's a great TV series called Trans Parent... I think it's on HBO. It's about a seriously dysfunctional family, with a dad I'd guess in his 60's coming out as trans. I love it. 6y
RebL NPR just posted an article about how young people today are rejecting the binary. (I haven't read it.) Perhaps there may be space for that exploration now that didn't exist in our youth. 6y
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saguarosally @ValerieAndBooks I'll take reality or fiction. I know sexual orientation and gender identity are different, but it's definitely not uncommon to find gay adults aged 21 or aged 61. It's less common to see older transgendered people, but at least Janet Mock and Laverne Cox are in their thirties. 6y
saguarosally @Soubhiville Could be quite interesting. Hey, Caitlyn Jenner was 65, come to think of it. 6y
saguarosally @RebL Sounds like I need to find that article. In my youth, being gender fluid or transgendered would have been extremely dangerous. It's not perfect now but it has to be better. 6y
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Mackypup
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A #RITeenBookNominees about Riley, a gender fluid teen who switches from private school to public school to escape daily harassment. It's a good book, and you care about Riley and root for Riley to overcome the battles he/she faces.

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Yamich49
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Interesting novel about a gender fluid teen who is struggling to get through high school while dealing with the rigid and binary gender roles and expectations of most people. Through Riley's blog posts and experiences, the reader becomes well-informed about this specific character's experience as a gender fluid person. The story itself could have been better, but overall a good story.

TW: violence, transphobic and homophobic slurs

#queer52

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Dvmheather
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I loved this book about a gender fluid teen whose blog goes viral leading to outing. It is a great book for learning about gender fluidity. Full review at http://www.spiritblog.net/symptoms-of-being-human

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rach_simone
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I read this for book club. Between a pick and so-so. I think it was well-written, but I would rather read a book by someone who is genderfluid. It's probably a good introduction for people to different terminologies, but it follows some of the same tropes cis people use when writing non-cis stories. Definitely a good representation of teenagers. Also, I had to keep in mind that this is a YA book.

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Alicia
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Read this book in anticipation of hearing the author and meeting him for Tucson Festival of Books. This was an eye opening story about a gender fluid teenager struggling with being a teen and not being accepted for who they are. I loved the characters, they were all so realistic and wonderful. I loved how the author never mentioned the gender the main character was assigned at birth either. The entire book was so effective and touching. Love!

BekahB I really want to try to make it to the 2017 Tucson festival. The list of authors is amazing! I have a lot of reading to catch up on. 😀 6y
Alicia @BekahB I know!! They truly have some amazing authors this year! 6y
saguarosally I keep looking for the TFOB schedule like a total fan girl. 6y
Alicia @saguarosally I heard January 15! I have a fear that all the authors I want to hear will be at the same! 😭 6y
saguarosally @Alicia Last year there was one time slot that had something like four that I wanted to see. 6y
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lsh13
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Riley is a sixteen year old teenager who has identified them self as gender fluid and is encouraged to start an anonymous blog.

I cannot seem to find the right words to review this but this book explores an important issue and after reading this I do feel more educated about what it means to be gender fluid but I just wasn't a fan of the writing style and I didn't feel really attached to the characters and their problems.

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Manu11
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Just finished and this book is amazing. I love how the author never reveille Riley's birth gender. The story gives an fantastic look into the head of a gender fluid. You don't need to could identify you with Riley even if you are just on the look after a new lovely book you should totally read symptoms of being human.

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Kelreads
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This book is about Riley who is gender fluid. I'd never read a book on this topic and it was educational and interesting. Highly recommend it!

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vobertretter
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This book is one of the best LGBTQ books currently out. Gender fluidity is rarely talked about and this book portrays it so well. It also has an amazing plot. One of my favorite parts of the mechanics of the book is that Riley always referred to as "they" and think that's genius because if the author had said what gender they were born as, the audience would see them as a boy or girl, rather than an androgynous person. I highly recommend this book

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Rizz
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It was very enlightning and I was startled to discover just HOW gender binary my own thinking really is.. I really liked this book, I _loved_ it _while_ I was reading it but I wasn't really rushing to pick it back up when I wasn't.. I DO want my own copy though..

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Veronik4Rio5
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This book was never boring for me and although I am not in the LGBTQ community, this book was interesting all around and I have no complaints about it whatsoever

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Aswenson
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Loved this. Riley is a gender fluid teen dealing with some heavy issues. Some of this was a bit cliche and predictable, but this is still a book that could help teens struggling with, or trying to understand different gender identities. Quick and likable read!

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Meryvamp
Mehso-so

Liked it. It's a good book to learn about gender fluidity. It has its emotional parts but it still could've had more character depth. The only part I didn't like was when things got very emotional/graphic, the author chose to skip the content, leaving the reader 2 guess what had happened.