Symptoms of Being Human Summary
Jeff Garvin

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Symptoms of Being Human Overview

Riley Cavanaugh, the main character of the novel The Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin, is much like any other teen. Riley likes punk rock, has trouble paying attention in precalculus, and dresses to fit in with other students. There is one major difference between Riley and the other students, Riley is gender fluid. Even though Riley has not formally come out yet, the other students sense the differences in Riley and bully them about their sexual orientation. When Riley transfers from Catholic private school to public school at the beginning of the novel, they hope for a chance to just blend in with the other students. Instead, Riley is bullied to a point where they must make a stand for themselves and other LGBTQ people like them. Themes in the novel include the dynamics of parent-teen relationships, presentation and identity, and the prevalence of violence toward the LGBTQ community.

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