Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin, Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, February 2016 – Review by Shona
Some days Riley feels like a boy; others like a girl. Confusing for people – but most of all for Riley. Being gender fluid makes life hard enough and starting a new school was never going to be straightforward. But, then again, nor is negotiating life with a high-profile politician for a father or being stalked on the online blog Riley began, first of all to vent frustration, but then to support others with gender fluidity. Add in the challenge of making friends, while avoiding enemies, and, even then, you’re still only looking at the surface of Riley’s complex life. Hugely empathetic characters facing enormous challenges and great writing make this a fascinating, multi-layered book for older teens.