Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Symptoms of Being Human

Waiting on Wednesday is featured on Breaking the Spine

I saw this on Escape In a Book the other week, and I wanted to share it here!


Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Out: Feb. 2, 2016

Summary: 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.


Why I Want to Read: I've never read a book with a gender fluid character, so that is interesting in and of itself. I also really like that Riley has a blog - I think all of us bloggers can relate to that enjoyment. I'm really excited to read this one. February isn't too far away.

What do you think? What are you waiting on?

-Lauren Becker

12 comments:

Blogoratti said...

Seems such a fine read, thanks for sharing!

Kindlemom said...

I've heard a lot of great things about this one! I hope you love it!

Alise said...

Ooh, this one is new to me but I'm always on the lookout for some more unique novels that talk about real topics like this. Thanks for sharing!

Shannon R. said...

I hadn't heard of this one before. It doesn't sound like my taste, but I hope you enjoy it!! :-)

Shannon @ The Tale Temptress

Yvonne said...

Interesting one!

Just One More Chapter said...

I've never heard of this book but it certainly sounds deep! :)

Verushka Byrow said...

This is such a great choice! And a stunning cover to boot. Going to rec this at the end of the week on my blog too! Here's mine: http://editingeverything.com/blog/2015/08/12/waiting-on-wednesday-truman-capote-and-harper-lee-ya/

Laquesha Bailey said...

I added this one to my TBR list because it sounds like it's going to be a very thought provoking read! And I think it is amazing that our protagonist is a blogger! Great pick!

Liz. R said...

I want to read this too! I have high hopes (though I do try not to get too excited because that always leads to disappointment :P). Great pick, I'm looking forward to picking this one up.

kimbacaffeinate said...

This has me curious. You always find unique books to share. Thanks Lauren.

Bogdana said...

This sounds like a great read. I haven't heard of this book but I am super glad you featured it because now I can add it to my wishlist. :)

czai said...

I've never seen this one before. It sounds like a nice read. I'll definitely keep my eyes out for this one. Nice pick! :)

czai @ the Blacksheep Project