Symptoms of Being Human PDF/EPUB À Symptoms of

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  1. Emily May Emily May says:

    The first thing you re going to want to know about me is Am I a boy, or am I a girlI 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 alone.BUT I am a real believer in the power of fiction In my life, I have takenfrom powerful stori The first thing you re going to want to know about me is Am I a boy, or am I a girlI 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 alone.BUT I am a real believer in the power of fiction In my life, I have takenfrom 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 muchmeaningful than reading up on the facts And I think that s where this book loses something.Symptoms 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 enough.It 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 boring.I think a muchpowerful 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 equally powerful.However, 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


  2. Cristina Monica Cristina Monica says:

    As always, I m going to be honest with you I had never heard of gender fluidity before Symptoms of Being Human came along and held my hand through the process of my discovering this psychology.This book is informative and realistically illustrates what a gender fluid adolescent s life and thoughts can look like However, I do hope that not every gender fluid person has to go through everything Riley does, because Riley doesn t have it easy in school.It s hard for Riley to be in the closet a As always, I m going to be honest with you I had never heard of gender fluidity before Symptoms of Being Human came along and held my hand through the process of my discovering this psychology.This book is informative and realistically illustrates what a gender fluid adolescent s life and thoughts can look like However, I do hope that not every gender fluid person has to go through everything Riley does, because Riley doesn t have it easy in school.It s hard for Riley to be in the closet around the latter s own family and friends and to constantly be harassed at school, because of the way our protagonist dresses and acts around people Sometimes Riley feels like a boy, and other timeslike a girl.I have to say this to me, this is very fascinating.And to my surprise, I connected with Riley s characterthan I thought I would I m not saying I m gender fluid, or anything of the like, but Riley made me realize how people do expect things when they see you.I remember this one time it was the day before the beginning of high school, many years ago I prepared a girly outfit for my first day, but then the next morning, I was just not feeling like wearing pretty and tight clothes, which I would normally wear I really wanted to just put on some joggings and a large t shirt but then I thought I can t do that It would be too much of a contradiction if the next day I decided to wear elegant clothes People won t know in what box to place me the sporty one or the girly girl type.As I grew older, I started gainingconfidence and stopped trying to fulfill others expectations, but for people like Riley, who constantly feel society s pressure, it s harder.You may have noticed that I didn t use any pronoun when mentioning Riley That s because we never do learn the main character s gender I do have my theories, but they re not solid, since the narration will not give you any clues Sometimes it feels like a guy is telling the story, other times a girl and that s okay I never read a book in which the narrator s gender is not specified, so it was an interesting reading experience for me.But I think that if someone who doesn t have Riley s charming personality had narrated the story in Riley s place, I would have been quickly bored You see, this book IS instructive and eye opening, but it s not very entertaining The author stated in his author s note page that he knew he needed to write this book when he gave a sample of the story to some acquaintances and they asked him if being gender fluid is something that exists And it feels that way in the story I DO feel like this was written for those who have no prior knowledge of gender fluidity or are gender fluid themselves.And that, too, is okay You just have to know what you want, before diving into this book Do you want informative and moving Because that s what this book has to offer.Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google


  3. Raeleen Lemay Raeleen Lemay says:

    THIS WAS GREAT I feel like it could have used asolid plot as a backbone to all of the information on gender fluidity that was provided, but I really did love it.


  4. ♛Tash ♛Tash says:

    Symptoms of Being Human is an illuminating novel on gender fluidity and LGBTQA in general for that matter It chronicles a particularly poignant point in the life of our main character, Riley Cavanaugh, who is gender fluid The first thing you re going to want to know about me is Am I a boy, or am I a girlRiley s gender has always been a subject of speculation by everyone he she meets This kind of attention causes significant distress to Riley, as he she just wants to be left alone to Symptoms of Being Human is an illuminating novel on gender fluidity and LGBTQA in general for that matter It chronicles a particularly poignant point in the life of our main character, Riley Cavanaugh, who is gender fluid The first thing you re going to want to know about me is Am I a boy, or am I a girlRiley s gender has always been a subject of speculation by everyone he she meets This kind of attention causes significant distress to Riley, as he she just wants to be left alone to feel and become a boy some days and a girl on some.The human impulse to categorize is strong We d poke and we d prod until we figure it out It s easier to categorize in black and white, man and woman, good and evil, but we all know it s alwayscomplicated than that In between black and white is a whole spectrum of colors.We see that impulse here in Symptoms of Being Human, the attempts to figure out what s between Riley s legs from ignorantly invasive questions to outright violence The book kept true its essence by keeping this info a complete mystery all throughout.The extent of Garvin s research is admirably comprehensive I learned a lot about the non binary and,often than not unfortunately, the stigma that comes with it According to this book 64% of transgender and non binary people in the US experience sexual violence in their life 12% before they graduate high school 41% will attempt suicide. As staggering as those figures are,the book still presented ahopeful picture for the gender fluid As hard as Riley had it, there was no dearth of understanding and support I appreciate the message it conveys, especially to the young and conflicted that not everybody they meet will be a prejudiced prick and that they re not alone.Jeff Garvin writes about gender fluidity beautifully, let me share a few quotes The world isn t binary Everything isn t black or white, yes or no Sometimes it s not a switch, it s a dial And it s not even a dial you can get your hands on it turns without your permission or approval. Gender identity is not external It isn t dictated by your anatomy It s internal It s something you feel, not something you see and it can be waycomplicated than just male or female Some people, like me, slide on a continuum between the two.like I have a compass in my chest, but instead of North and South, the needle moves between masculine and feminine. But why the 3 stars However compelling the message is, story wise it s a bit of a disappointment We follow Riley s daily struggles, even then there s a meandering quality to the narrative as if it s not entirely sure of that path it s going to take Sure, I was enraged with Riley s plight but I did not feel the visceral connection I expected to feel when reading books about heavy issues, perhaps because of the underdeveloped plot.Overall though, Symptoms of Being Human is an important read for gender fluidity awareness arc provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  5. Max Max says:

    view spoiler I m so tired of cis people writing stories where trans people are sexually assaulted.I know it happens I know this is part of many trans people s stories, especially if they re trans women and or 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 c view spoiler I m so tired of cis people writing stories where trans people are sexually assaulted.I know it happens I know this is part of many trans people s stories, especially if they re trans women and or 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 muchto our lives than coming out and violence, and it seems that only other trans people ever want to tell those truths hide spoiler Which is the problem with this book, and why it let me down so much after I looked forward to it so eagerly it s written by a cis person and, whatever the author s notes may say, it feels like it s written for other cis people There are other indications in the story besides the narrative trajectory that the author is very definitely cis simple things like spelling gender fluid and cismale instead of genderfluid and cis male genderfluid is one word and cis is an adjective, people to broader things like the tendency to explain gender in very 101 terms even when it s not appropriate for the character but view spoiler the on page sexual assault and all the trans characters in the story who considered, attempted, or committed suicide hide spoiler is what took this book from a fairly good read to a letdown, for me I m just so tired of gratuitous trans misery.Which isn t to say the book didn t do some things right Riley s dysphoria and anxiety felt very true to my experience of both, in a way that really tugged at my heart I loved Riley in general, and I loved Solo and Bec even if they felt underdeveloped at times Doctor Ann was a good fictional therapist, for the most part, and those are pretty rare And the overall reason this book gets three stars from me is because it felt so good to read about a character whose gender identity is similar to my own, for once in my goddamn life But I can t give it a higher rating, and I don t recommend it to other trans people, because it s just too preoccupied with the standard old miserable narrative we ve all seen too many times before


  6. Rachel Reads Ravenously Rachel Reads Ravenously says:

    3.5 stars Gender fluid a gender identity which refers to a gender which varies over time A gender fluid person may at any time identify as male, female, neutrois, or any other non binary identity, or some combination of identities Their gender can also vary at random or vary in response to different circumstances Source gender wikiThis is an incredibly interesting book and I learned a lot of new terms and subjects, as well as it changed the way I think about other people This is the st 3.5 stars Gender fluid a gender identity which refers to a gender which varies over time A gender fluid person may at any time identify as male, female, neutrois, or any other non binary identity, or some combination of identities Their gender can also vary at random or vary in response to different circumstances Source gender wikiThis is an incredibly interesting book and I learned a lot of new terms and subjects, as well as it changed the way I think about other people This is the story of Riley, a gender fluid individual who is struggling to cope with anxiety and other issues such as starting at a new school When Riley s therapist suggests starting an anonymous blog, Riley is shocked when it becomes popular But then someone discovers that Riley runs the blog, and everything just sort of explodes from thereThe world isn t binary Everything isn t black or white, yes or no Sometimes it s not a switch, it s a dial And it s not even a dial you can get your hands on it turns without your permission or approvalI think this is an important book, like I said earlier I learned a lot from it and think others will too My issue with it was it wasinformation strong than plot strong I learned all of these things, but I don t feel there was much of a story The side characters were there only to enhance Riley, and there were a few personal tidbits thrown in, but they didn t feel real to me Just there to supplement Riley s issues I also felt for a teen struggling with issues of gender fluidity that Riley was very in touch with his her thoughts and had wayinsight than a struggling teen would have this is just my opinion everyone, I can already feel people ready to argue with me Plus the story always had perfectly timed issues where something would happen and I found myself thinking wow that s convenient timing I sound like a grump I did like this book, but sitting down after reading it I found way too many head scratching moments to really love it The surface of the story was scatched but I felt it could have gone much deeper I wish forwith the parents,of a development of Bec and Solo, heck even Vickers BUT many teens will love this, and I hope the right teens read it and it changes the way they think I know I found myself wanting to know Riley s gender at the beginning before thinking later that it didn t matter And I will do my best not to put people into categoriesI can t blame you for trying to categorize me It s a human instinct It s why scientists are, to this day, completely flabbergasted by the duck billed platypus it s furry like a mammal, but lays eggs like a bird It defies conventional classification I AM THE PLATYPUS Coo coo ka choo


  7. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    Find all of my reviews atThe first thing you re going to want to know about me is Am I a boy, or am I a girlAnd that s one thing you ll never find out, so it s better to go in knowing it Riley Cavanaugh s story is one you probably haven t read before that of a gender fluid teenager As the book says regarding gender Honestly, there s so much information out there, and a lot of it contradicts itself The pronouns and the terminology, it s v Find all of my reviews atThe first thing you re going to want to know about me is Am I a boy, or am I a girlAnd that s one thing you ll never find out, so it s better to go in knowing it Riley Cavanaugh s story is one you probably haven t read before that of a gender fluid teenager As the book says regarding gender Honestly, there s so much information out there, and a lot of it contradicts itself The pronouns and the terminology, it s very complexIt is and that s why it s so important that MANY stories like this get written For Riley, gender identification works as a dial, not a switch Sometimes Riley feels feminine, some days masculine However, Riley always remains gender neutral due to the fact that he she has not yet come out to the parental units or anyone else for that matter You re probably wondering why the low ish rating if I thought this was such an important book, huh Well, the problem for me dear trolls, really think a second about coming to any reviews on a book about treating others with respect and then commencing to disrespect the reviewer was with the execution Riley was not a very likeable character for me throughout the majority of the story He she was quick to take offense at nearly everything and everyone while being super quick to place labels on others immediately without giving it second thought And while Riley did end up experiencing horrible things that no one should ever have to, the words of one of the characters early in the story really rang trueHigh school sucks for everyoneOkay, maybe not everyone, but for a lot of people You just have to seek out the ones who will accept you for youAnother issue I had with the story was the parents It was refreshing to actually have parents in a YA novel, but these two were pretty terrible To begin with, there are only 535 people in Congress period Of those there are even fewer of breeding age so seriously with the can t come out because my dad is running for reelection storyline It s hard enough to come out if your parents are Average Joes so there was no need for Riley s father to be anything other than that Speaking of coming out It s effing 2016 Riley s parents obviously loved him her and were simply not sure of what was going on with regard to Riley s gender sexuality The idea that parents like that would never bother asking questions or offer support was not realistic to me at all Speaking as a straight old lady, we may not always understand everything, but parents like Riley s were the type who would listen and accept without judgment.Finally, the message itself It was wonderful, but it was repeated sooooooo many times that it became almost preachy This book could have easily been cut by 50 100 pages to eliminate the repetitiveness.Bottom line is this was a good addition to the world of LGBTQIA young adult literature and will hopefully help to finally get the message to sink in that Maybe blending in is overratedParental warning This book deals with heavy subject matter such as bullying, suicide and rape While no graphic details are included, this is a book I would encourage you to read with your child so you can answer any questions.


  8. Laurie Flynn Laurie Flynn says:

    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 feltthan 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 feelsgirl others, Riley s c 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 feltthan 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 feelsgirl 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 maybewith 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 question 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


  9. Sarah Elizabeth Sarah Elizabeth says:

    Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to HarperCollins and EdelweissThe first thing you re going to want to know about me is Am I a boy, or am I a girlThis was an interesting book about a gender fluid teen and her struggles to cope with her gender issues.Riley was an interesting character, and I felt like we got a feel for her him even though we never found out what gender he she was I m just going to use feminine pronouns Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to HarperCollins and EdelweissThe first thing you re going to want to know about me is Am I a boy, or am I a girlThis was an interesting book about a gender fluid teen and her struggles to cope with her gender issues.Riley was an interesting character, and I felt like we got a feel for her him even though we never found out what gender he she was I m just going to use feminine pronouns for now Her troubles seemed genuine though, and dysphoria that she went through seemed pretty awful, not to mention the bullying.The storyline in this was about Riley s struggle to understand herself, as well as her struggles with how she presented herself to other people, and her indecision over what to tell her parents about herself There was a tiny bit of romance in this, but not a lot.The ending to this was okay, although the mystery of what gender Riley actually was was never solved.6.5 out of 10


  10. Kurt Dinan Kurt Dinan says:

    The world is a better place because this book exists It will make readerscompassionate and empathetic I can t think of a stronger endorsement than that.


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Symptoms of Being Human ✮ [PDF] ✩ Symptoms of Being Human By Jeff Garvin ✻ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk A sharply honest and moving debut perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Ask the PassengersRiley Cavanaugh is many things Punk rock Snarky Rebellious And gender fluid Some days Riley A sharply honest and moving debut perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Ask the PassengersRiley Cavanaugh is many things Punk rock Snarky Rebellious And gender fluid Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl But Riley isn t exactly out yet And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in ber conservative Orange County, the pressure media and otherwise is building up in Riley s lifeOn the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent up feelings Symptoms of PDF/EPUB or 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 And 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 everythingFrom debut author Jeff Garvin comes a powerful and uplifting portrait of a modern teen struggling with high school, relationships, and what it means to be a person.