Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
WOW! WOW! WOW!
Riley is gender fluid. Some days Riley feels girly, and others boyish. Sometimes Riley alternates between boy and girl in the same day. When Riley moves to a new school, it is supposed to be better. But as Riley gets picked on, will Riley's gender fluidness stay a secret?
This book was one I picked up just because I saw it on the new release table at my local library. I was very hesitant to read it. Boy, am I glad I did. Riley really grew on me, and made me realize that there is nothing wrong with gender fluid people. Riley went through many issues that everyone, despite their gender, faces, like bullying. Riley gets bullied big time, and also even threatened. I learned how hard it is for gender fluid people to fit in.
Jeff Garvin is an amazing writer. As I might have said before, I don't cry very easily during books, but this one almost had me in tears. The author created a world so real with characters so elaborate that this book is impossible to put down. There are always twists and turns happening.
I liked how they never really showed what gender Riley was born as. It puzzled me as someone who always has to know everything, but I know leaving that part out made the book more interesting.
I can not express how hard it was to write this review without using pronouns. I guess my English teacher was right when she told us how important they were. That make the 1st person perspective make so much more sense in this book. It makes Riley more relatable, and also doesn't need to use any pronouns except for I and we, which are not gender specific.
In conclusion, this is an amazing book that everyone should read.
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