I haven't done a Waiting on Wednesday post since 2012, can you believe it? Today I have my eyes set on a young adult novel from Balzer + Bray that deals with gender fluidity. Come on in and read more about it.
Today I am giving a spot in the limelight to a debut novel titled Symptoms of Being Human, written by Jeff Garvin. Gavin is, among other things I am sure, an author, a rocker, an actor, a husband and a Californian. The novel is a story where the main character is gender fluid and blogging about it to sort out(and let out) feelings.
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Boy or girl? Yes, I am!
he 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.
Gender fluid - what is that?Actress and model Ruby Rose made a video trying to explain and in an interview with Huffiongton Post she explain what gender fluidity is for her. Read the interview here.
Being gender fluid, as far as I know(before reading the Ruby Rose interview), means that a person does sometimes feels more like one of the sexes than the other, sometimes something in between. It has nothing to do with genitals or sexuality. To some this might be difficult to understand and I think it is fair to say, even though I have yet to read the novel, that Jeff Garvin is contributing to help people be more aware and understanding of others with his upcoming young adult novel. I applaud him for it.
Have you read other novels where the main character is gender fluid? Let me know in a comment.
7K - a bandJeff Gavin, the author of before mentioned novel, was front man, guitarist and lead singer in the band 7K. Here is one of 7K's songs which I think is rather sweet and perfect for summer. I cannot brag about having a perfect summer day here where I live in Norway today. Summer is in hiding and it is pouring down from above.
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin is set to hit the stores February 2nd 2016. Published by Balzer + Bray.
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