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Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And secretly gender fluid. Riley starts an anonymous blog to deal with hostility from classmates and tension at home—but when the blog goes viral, an anonymous commenter threatens to out Riley to the world.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

  • “…One of the most important young adult releases of the year…a gorgeous debut and an engaging story about a teenage outsider.”

    -Lambda Literary

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  • “Garvin’s novel is one of the first YA books to deal with the complex issue of gender fluidity…Riley’s emotional life and personal growth shed welcome light on a hitherto obscure subject.”

    —★BOOKLIST (starred review)
  • “…A smart, funny, sharp-eyed force. The knowledge [Garvin] imparts buoys this rewarding story.”

    —★PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)
  • “Vibrantly imagined…a welcome mirror for gender-fluid teens.”

    —KIRKUS REVIEWS
  • “Jeff Garvin has written a gorgeously crafted story with a complex, fascinating, and intensely real lead who I know will stay with me for a long time. Riley is a character who’s deeply needed in young adult fiction, and this book is a beautiful new addition to the queer YA canon.”

    —ROBIN TALLEY, author of What We Left Behind
  • “With a main character who truly deserves to be called unique, combined with heartbreak and triumphs that are universal, this unforgettable book made me laugh, and also cry. Garvin’s powerful new voice rocks!”

    —LISSA PRICE, international bestselling author of Starters
  • “Riley Cavanaugh is a sharp, funny, powerful voice for those who haven’t quite found theirs yet. Both highly entertaining and highly necessary, Symptoms is the kind of book that makes you a better human for having read it. I loved it.”

    —DAHLIA ADLER, author of Under the Lights and Just Visiting
  • “A moving portrayal of what it means to be different, yet the same, all at once. Jeff Garvin has written a beautifully thoughtful book.”

    —RENÉE AHDIEH, author of The Wrath and the Dawn

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