Top Ten Underrated Young Adult Books


Hello and happy Top Ten Tuesday, you guys! This week’s theme has to do with underrated books, something defined as books with less than 2000 Goodreads ratings by the talented folks at The Broke and the Bookish.

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Book Review: Symptoms of Being Human – Jeff Garvin


Title: Symptoms of Being Human (2016)
Author: Jeff Garvin
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
Extent: 352 pages
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads Description

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.


Symptoms of Being Human is the story of Riley, who on some days identifies as a boy, and other days identifies as a girl — also called gender fluidity in this book. I encountered the idea quite a while ago during my Tumblr days so it’s not entirely unfamiliar to me, but this book, through Riley, will give an easy-to-understand introduction for those unfamiliar with it and want to learn more.

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