Waiting on Wednesday: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff GarvinPublisher: Balzer + Bray

Author: Jeff Garvin

Release date: February 2, 2016

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

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’m excited: This book kind of sounds like Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda but about a gender fluid person, and you guys know how much I loved Simon vs. Riley sounds awesome and smart and I’m looking forward to meeting them. I really appreciate how many issues are being covered these days in YA lit, and though I think we always need more, I’m glad Balzer + Bray is publishing this one. I hope we get a mixture of narrative and blog posts – give me those alternate storytelling methods!