CHARACTERS Symptoms of Being Human 107

CHARACTERS Symptoms of Being Human

CHARACTERS Symptoms of Being Human 107 Ý The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is Am I a boy or am I a girlRiley 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 congreThe first thing you’re going to want to know about me is Am I a boy or am I a girlRiley 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 runni. The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is Am I a boy or am I a girl I'm glad this book exists I really am Unlike What We Left Behind which completely misrepresents gender fluidity Symptoms of Being Human provides plenty of information about being gender fluid reminds us that there are many ways to be gender fluid and will probably make gender fluid teens feel less aloneBUT I am a real believer in the power of fiction In my life I have taken from powerful stories than I have from any reference book encyclopaedia or biography I truly believe that a tale about someone going through the same experiences is so much meaningful than reading up on the facts And I think that's where this book loses somethingSymptoms of Being Human is very informative told by a charismatic narrator called Riley Riley is a sympathetic character and the bullying they endure will surely speak to readers But it still feels like a lot of information and no story arc Riley explains over and over what gender fluidity means how it makes them feel every day what it was like being a child in a gendered toy store The plot however is virtually non existent This information kind of hangs around without direction and there is no sense that the book is ever going anywhere What are we reading towards There is nothing to discover No sense that Riley is waiting to come out or anything like that It's an exploration of everyday thoughts and personally I thought it wasn't enoughIt's almost good Perhaps it would have made a better short story rather than a full length novel Perhaps it will work for readers who have never heard of gender fluidity and are prepared to read lots of information For those already open minded and somewhat informed it's a little boringI think a much powerful LGBT book though about being transgender not gender fluid is George That book is subtle with the information weaved into a story that is heartbreaking without feeling manipulative I really wish Symptoms of Being Human had delivered something eually powerfulHowever I appreciate that Riley's biological sex is never revealed I'm sure many readers will see that as a mystery to be solved but that misses the point of the whole book I'm glad we never know what's in Riley's pants You know why Because it's none of our damn business Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Pinterest

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Tarting 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 everythin. Sometimes after turning page after page of a truly great book you think with total conviction this book could change someone’s life That’s how I felt than once while reading SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN But not only that—I also had another thought This book could save someone’s life The protagonist in SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN Riley Cavanaugh is gender fluid and identifies as both a boy and a girl depending on the day Some mornings Riley wakes up and feels girl; others Riley’s compass is pointing toward boy Although Riley’s parents don’t know the truth Riley starts a blog anonymously under the name “Alix” to share what it’s like to be a gender fluid teenager As Alix Riley is open and honest and real and begins to realize the number of gender fluid and LGBT people looking for someone who understands—but Riley is still waiting for the right time to come out in real life To add to this Riley has just transferred schools and struck up a friendship—and maybe — with enigmatic Bec who has secrets of her own Riley’s voice is everything I could ever want in a YA narrator Snarky whip smart thoughtful brave and authentically teen And I can honestly say that seeing the world through Riley’s eyes opened mine I loved that Riley wasn’t perfect and at times made the same judgments or assumptions about other people that people make about gender fluid or trans individuals There are so many brilliant lines in this book so many powerful truths But this is my favorite one “People are complicated And messy Seems too convenient that we’d all fit inside some multiple choice uestion”Nobody should be confined to identifying as male or female if that doesn’t match how they feel inside Why do we need to know whether Riley is a boy or a girl What does that label matter and what does it mean anyway Being a boy or girl isn’t the body you were born with It’s what is inside you and if you’re gender fluid it can be a spectrum that changes from day to day As I read I started thinking about all the people who don’t have access to the Internet who may not have access to books like this who don’t know the support is there who might need it most The violence and hatred toward gender fluid and LGBT individuals breaks my heart and makes me both overwhelmingly sad and completely enraged I’m confident that this book—this smart sensitive wonderful courageous book—will open up a dialogue that needs to be had will open doors for people that were previously closed I hope this book reaches every single person who needs it teens and adults alike because I think it has the power to change lives And save them

Jeff Garvin ´ 7 CHARACTERS

Symptoms of Being HumanNg for reelection in uber conservative Orange County the pressure media and otherwise is building up in Riley’s so called “normal” lifeOn 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 s. view spoilerI'm so tired of cis people writing stories where trans people are sexually assaultedI know it happens I know this is part of many trans people's stories especially if they're trans women andor people of colour I know the statistics; they've been burned into my brain I know how unsafe it is to be trans But when you compare trans stories written by trans people with trans stories written by cis people you invariably come up with patterns One of those patterns is that when cis people write our stories they almost inevitably follow the trajectory of closeted struggles coming out or being outed sexual assault struggles optional happily ever after That's true to some trans people's stories for sure but there is so much to our lives than coming out and violence and it seems that only other trans people ever want to tell those truths hide spoiler