Symptoms of Being Human

Jeff Garvin (Author)

Product Details

$9.99  $9.19
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Publish Date
November 14, 2017
5.2 X 1.0 X 7.9 inches | 0.57 pounds

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About the Author

Jeff Garvin grew up in Orange County, California, the son of a banker and a magician. He started acting in high school, and enjoyed a fifteen-year career including guest-starring roles in network television series ranging from The Wonder Years to Roseanne to Caroline and the City, as well as several independent features. While studying at Chapman University, Jeff won awards for classical guitar and visual storytelling before graduating with a BFA in film. As the front man of his rock band, 7k, Garvin released three albums and toured the United States. When the band dissolved in 2011, Jeff, who had always written short stories and lyrics, found his passion in full-length fiction. Jeff lives in Southern California with his music teacher wife, their menagerie, and a respectable collection of books and guitars.


"Vibrantly imagined...a welcome mirror for gender-fluid teens."--Kirkus Reviews
"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."--Renee Ahdieh, author of The Wrath and the Dawn
"An important introduction for readers who know little about gender fluidity and a welcome nod to those who may be experiencing similar feelings."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Riley is a smart, funny, sharp-eyed force"--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"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)