Symptoms of Being Human

Symptoms of Being Human
Author: Jeff Garvin
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2016-02-02
ISBN 10: 0062382888
ISBN 13: 9780062382887
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Symptoms of Being Human Book Review:

A sharply honest and moving debut perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Ask the Passengers. Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. But Riley isn't exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in über-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley's 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. And 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. From debut author Jeff Garvin comes a powerful and uplifting portrait of a modern teen struggling with high school, relationships, and what it means to be a person.

Symptoms of Being Human

Symptoms of Being Human
Author: Jeff Garvin
Publsiher: Balzer + Bray
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2017-11-14
ISBN 10: 9780062382870
ISBN 13: 006238287X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Symptoms of Being Human Book Review:

Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist * YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers * ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults List * 2017 Rainbow List A sharply honest and moving debut perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Ask the Passengers. Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. But Riley isn't exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in über-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley's 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. And 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. From debut author Jeff Garvin comes a powerful and uplifting portrait of a modern teen struggling with high school, relationships, and what it means to be human.

Symptoms of Being Human

Symptoms of Being Human
Author: Jeff Garvin
Publsiher: Balzer + Bray
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2016-02-02
ISBN 10: 9780062382863
ISBN 13: 0062382861
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Symptoms of Being Human Book Review:

A sharply honest and moving debut perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Ask the Passengers. Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. But Riley isn't exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in über-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley's 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. And 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. From debut author Jeff Garvin comes a powerful and uplifting portrait of a modern teen struggling with high school, relationships, and what it means to be a person.

The Lightness of Hands

The Lightness of Hands
Author: Jeff Garvin
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2020-04-14
ISBN 10: 0062382918
ISBN 13: 9780062382917
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Lightness of Hands Book Review:

A quirky and heartfelt coming-of-age story about a teen girl with bipolar II who signs her failed magician father up to perform his legendary but failed illusion on live TV in order to make enough money to pay for the medications they need—from the author of Symptoms of Being Human. Perfect for fans of Adi Alsaid, David Arnold, and Arvin Ahmadi. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Dante is desperate for something in her life to finally go right. Her father was a famous stage magician until he attempted an epic illusion on live TV—and failed. Now Ellie lives with her dad in a beat-up RV, attending high school online and performing with him at birthday parties and bars across the Midwest to make ends meet. But when the gigs dry up, their insurance lapses, leaving Dad’s heart condition unchecked and forcing Ellie to battle her bipolar II disorder without medication. Then Ellie receives a call from a famous magic duo, who offer fifteen thousand dollars and a shot at redemption: they want her father to perform the illusion that wrecked his career—on their live TV special, which shoots in Los Angeles in ten days. Ellie knows her dad will refuse—but she takes the deal anyway, then lies to persuade him to head west. With the help of her online-only best friend and an unusual guy she teams up with along the way, Ellie makes a plan to stage his comeback. But when her lie is exposed, she’ll have to confront her illness and her choices head-on to save her father—and herself.

Being Jazz

Being Jazz
Author: Jazz Jennings
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2017-06-27
ISBN 10: 039955467X
ISBN 13: 9780399554674
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Being Jazz Book Review:

"Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Crown Books for Young Readers, New York, in 2016"--Copyright page.

An Apprenticeship or The Book of Pleasures

An Apprenticeship or The Book of Pleasures
Author: Clarice Lispector
Publsiher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2021-04-13
ISBN 10: 0811230678
ISBN 13: 9780811230674
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Apprenticeship or The Book of Pleasures Book Review:

A love story by the great Clarice Lispector that asks: Just how might two people be joined? What to make of a writer who follows the metaphysical heights of her great Passion According to GH with a book that looks suspiciously like a romance novel? In An Apprenticeship or The Book of Pleasures, Clarice Lispector tries to discover how to bridge the gap between people, or how to even begin to try. A woman struggles to emerge from solitude and sadness into love, including sexual love: her guide on this journey is Ulisses, who (yes) leads her patiently into the fullness of life. An Apprenticeship was a bestseller and, as her biographer Benjamin Moser writes, "This accessible love story surprised many readers. When it came out, an interviewer said: 'I thought The Book of Pleasures was much easier to read than any of your other books. Do you think there’s any basis for that?' Clarice answered: 'There is. I humanized myself, the book reflects that.'”

None of the Above

None of the Above
Author: I. W. Gregorio
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2015-04-07
ISBN 10: 0062335332
ISBN 13: 9780062335333
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

None of the Above Book Review:

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she's intersex . . . and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between. What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant? When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She's a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she's madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she's decided that she's ready to take things to the next level with him. But Kristin's first time isn't the perfect moment she's planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy "parts." Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin's entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

How to Be Animal

How to Be Animal
Author: Melanie Challenger
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2021-03-23
ISBN 10: 0735238138
ISBN 13: 9780735238138
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How to Be Animal Book Review:

What makes us human, and why are we so sure we're different from other animals? Humans are the most inquisitive, emotional, imaginative, aggressive, and baffling animals on the planet. But how well do we really know ourselves? How to Be Animal rewrites the remarkable human story and argues that at the heart of our psychology is a profound struggle with being animal. Most of our effects on the planet are the consequences of technological improvements and advances in our understanding of natural mechanisms. But why did this cognitive and technological edge come about in the first place and what kind of being has it made us? In How to Be Animal, Challenger brilliantly argues that this dizzying trajectory is the result of a singular characteristic of our species: the struggle with being an animal. Using a combination of memoir, historical texts, interweaving interviews and cultural and environmental history, How to Be Animal is lively and thought-provoking, bursting with ideas. This is a book for anyone who has ever contemplated what humans are and what makes our species so simultaneously brilliant and awful. Even more so, it is a book that asks tantalizing philosophical questions, such as whether and how human life matters. How to Be Animal is a tough-minded but ultimately sympathetic portrait of humanity. It exposes human beings as extraordinary animals defined by a profound struggle. In the third millennium, the way humans respond to being an animal among animals is the greatest and most inspiring challenge we face.

Just Visiting

Just Visiting
Author: Dahlia Adler
Publsiher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Total Pages: 407
Release: 2015
ISBN 10: 9781633920538
ISBN 13: 1633920534
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Just Visiting Book Review:

Reagan and Victoria are sure about two things in their future: they're going to be college roommates, and they're going to get out of Charytan, Kansas, together. But as they go on a series of college visits, the two begin to realize their visions of the future may not align, and as the secrets they've been keeping from the other slowly come to light, they learn they're not exactly the yin and yang they thought they were. Suddenly, neither one is sure what the next four years hold, or whether they'll be spending them together at all. Combining the unique settings of college visits with a cast that's diverse in race, ability, and socioeconomic class, Just Visiting touches upon the kinds of conversations we fear having with those closest to us, and why the strongest relationships can be the scariest. It also contains scenes that are rare but important in YA, about sexual agency, contraception/plan B, and relationships that neither last forever nor destroy the characters when they crumble

Adam Canfield of the Slash

Adam Canfield of the Slash
Author: Michael Winerip
Publsiher: Candlewick Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2011-05-10
ISBN 10: 0763654264
ISBN 13: 9780763654269
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Adam Canfield of the Slash Book Review:

"Between laughs, readers will be prompted to think — about what constitutes truth, how the media massages it, and the importance of ethics, fairness, and getting the facts right." — Publishers Weekly (starred review) Adam Canfield has to be the most overprogrammed middle-school student in America. So when super-organized Jennifer coaxes him to be coeditor of their school newspaper, THE SLASH, he wonders if he’s made a big mistake. But when a third-grader’s article leads to a big scoop, Adam and his fellow junior journalists rise to the challenge of receiving their principal’s wrath to uncover some scandalous secrets. From a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New York Times columnist comes a funny, inspiring debut that sneaks in some lessons on personal integrity — and captures the rush that’s connected to the breaking of a really great story.

The Body Keeps the Score

The Body Keeps the Score
Author: Bessel A. Van der Kolk
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 445
Release: 2015
ISBN 10: 0143127748
ISBN 13: 9780143127741
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Body Keeps the Score Book Review:

An expert on traumatic stress outlines an approach to healing, explaining how traumatic stress affects brain processes and how to use innovative treatments to reactivate the mind's abilities to trust, engage others, and experience pleasure--

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
Author: Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Publsiher: North Star Editions, Inc.
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2012-10-08
ISBN 10: 0738732656
ISBN 13: 9780738732657
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children Book Review:

Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl’s body. With his new public access radio show gaining popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents. His entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out that Gabe the DJ is also Elizabeth from school.

Becoming Human

Becoming Human
Author: Jean Vanier
Publsiher: House of Anansi
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2008-06-18
ISBN 10: 0887848095
ISBN 13: 9780887848094
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Becoming Human Book Review:

Acclaimed as a man "who inspires the world" (Maclean's) and a "nation builder" (Globe and Mail), Jean Vanier has made a difference in the lives of countless people — including those with disabilities and the many young people who have been moved by his life's work. Becoming Humanis a modern classic that continues to resonate among the generations. In a world of competition, where the strong dominate the weak, Vanier calls on each one of us to open ourselves to those we perceive as different or inferior. This, he says, is the key to true personal and societal freedom. This 10th anniversary edition includes a new introduction by the author.

Euphoria Kids

Euphoria Kids
Author: Alison Evans
Publsiher: Echo Publishing
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2021-06
ISBN 10: 9781760685850
ISBN 13: 1760685852
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Euphoria Kids Book Review:

'More than just a coming-of-age novel, this is a story about queer teenagers realising the magic they have and allowing themselves to own it.' - The Saturday Paper Ever since the witch cursed Babs, she turns invisible sometimes. She has her mum and her dog, but teachers and classmates barely notice her. Then, one day, Iris can see her. And Iris likes what they see. Babs is made of fire. Iris grew from a seed in the ground. They have friends, but not human ones. Not until they meet Babs. The two of them have a lot in common: they speak to dryads and faeries, and they're connected to the magic that's all around them. There's a new boy at school, a boy who's like them and who hasn't yet found his real name. Soon the three of them are hanging out and trying spellwork together. Magic can be dangerous, though. Witches and fae can be cruel. Something is happening in the other realm, and despite being warned to stay away, the three friends have to figure out how to deal with it on their own terms. Anyone who loves the work of Francesca Lia Block and delights in Studio Ghibli films will be entranced by this gorgeous and gentle young adult novel about three queer friends who come into their power.

Noteworthy

Noteworthy
Author: Riley Redgate
Publsiher: Abrams
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2017-05-02
ISBN 10: 1683350693
ISBN 13: 9781683350699
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Noteworthy Book Review:

A New York Public Library 2017 Best Books for Teens selected title! It’s the start of Jordan Sun’s junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, she’s an Alto 2, which—in the musical theatre world—is sort of like being a vulture in the wild: She has a spot in the ecosystem, but nobody’s falling over themselves to express their appreciation. So it’s no surprise when she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third year straight. But then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshiped . . . revered . . . all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.

Ask the Passengers

Ask the Passengers
Author: A.S. King
Publsiher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2012-10-23
ISBN 10: 0316214531
ISBN 13: 9780316214537
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ask the Passengers Book Review:

Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother's pushiness and her father's lack of interest tell her they're the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn't know the passengers inside, but they're the only people who won't judge her when she asks them her most personal questions . . . like what it means that she's falling in love with a girl. As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn. She can't share the truth with anyone except the people at thirty thousand feet, and they don't even know she's there. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect these strangers' lives--and her own--for the better. In this truly original portrayal of a girl struggling to break free of society's definitions, Printz Honor author A.S. King asks readers to question everything--and offers hope to those who will never stop seeking real love.

Brooklyn Burning

Brooklyn  Burning
Author: Steve Brezenoff
Publsiher: Carolrhoda Lab ®
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2011-09-01
ISBN 10: 1467731889
ISBN 13: 9781467731881
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Brooklyn Burning Book Review:

When you're sixteen and no one understands who you are, sometimes the only choice left is to run. If you're lucky, you find a place that accepts you, no questions asked. And if you're really lucky, that place has a drum set, a place to practice, and a place to sleep. For Kid, the streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, are that place. Over the course of two scorching summers, Kid falls hopelessly in love and then loses nearly everything and everyone worth caring about. But as summer draws to a close, Kid finally finds someone who can last beyond the sunset. Brooklyn, Burning is a fearless and unconventional love story. Brezenoff never identifies the gender of his two main characters, and readers will draw their own conclusions about Kid and Scout. Whatever they decide, Brooklyn, Burning is not a book any teen reader will soon forget. Brooklyn, Burning is the story of two summers in Brooklyn, two summers of fires, music, loss, and ultimately, love.

The Damage

The Damage
Author: Caitlin Wahrer
Publsiher: Doubleday Canada
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2021-06-15
ISBN 10: 0385696469
ISBN 13: 9780385696463
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Damage Book Review:

An edgy, propulsive read about what a family pushed to the brink will do in the name of love and blood. "The Damage pulled me in from the first page with smart narration, characters I cared about, a hold-your-breath plot, and a terrific final twist. Put this one high on your summer list." —Stephen King Tony has always looked out for his younger brother, Nick. So when he is called to a hospital bed where Nick is lying battered and bruised after a violent sexual assault, his protective instincts flare and a white-hot rage begins to build. As a small-town New England lawyer, Tony’s wife, Julia, has cases involving kids all the time. When Detective Rice gets assigned to this one, Julia feels Nick is in good hands. Especially because she senses that Rice, too, understands how things can quickly get complicated. Very complicated. After all, one moment Nick was having a drink with a handsome stranger; the next, he was at the center of an investigation threatening to tear not only him but his entire family apart. And now his attacker, out on bail, is disputing Nick’s version of what happened. As Julia tries to help her brother-in-law, she sees Tony’s desire for revenge—to fix things for Nick—getting out of control. Tony is starting to scare her. And before long, she finds herself asking: Does she really know what her husband is capable of? Or of what she herself is? Exploring elements of doubt, tragedy, suspense, and justice, The Damage is an all-consuming read that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer.

The Art of Being Normal

The Art of Being Normal
Author: Lisa Williamson
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2016-05-31
ISBN 10: 0374302391
ISBN 13: 9780374302399
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Art of Being Normal Book Review:

David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he's gay. The school bully thinks he's a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth: David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal: to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in his class is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long , and soon everyone knows that Leo used to be a girl. As David prepares to come out to his family and transition into life as a girl and Leo wrestles with figuring out how to deal with people who try to define him through his history, they find in each other the friendship and support they need to navigate life as transgender teens as well as the courage to decide for themselves what normal really means.

Shiver

Shiver
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publsiher: Scholastic UK
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2011-08-04
ISBN 10: 1407129406
ISBN 13: 9781407129402
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shiver Book Review:

Grace is fascinated by the wolves in the woods behind her house; one yellow-eyed wolf in particular. Every winter, she watches him, but every summer, he disappears. Sam leads two lives. In winter, he stays in the frozen woods, with the protection of the pack. In summer, he has a few precious months to be human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. When Grace and Sam finally meet, they realize they can't bear to be apart. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human - or risk losing himself, and Grace, for ever.