Riley Cavanaugh is many things, including 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, the pressure is building up in Riley's so-called "normal" life. On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to 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, the blog goes viral, and someone discovers Riley's real identity. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created, or stand up, come out, and risk everything.
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by Jeff Corwin
by Alice Schertle
by S.E. Hinton
by Stephen Krensky
"Riley Cavanaugh, who is starting at a new school, is navigating the complex notion of identifying as both a boy and a girl in a conservative town. Narrator Tom Phelan deftly conveys all the emotion and angst in Riley's journey. New friends help Riley cope with daily judgments and harassment by peers as a mostly supportive online community arises from Riley's anonymous blog posts about being a gender-fluid teen. Pressure mounts as family expectations, especially Riley's father's re-election, add to the anxiety of being exposed as the anonymous blogger. Phelan's ability to deliver an authentic voice for a teen who is exploring non-binary gender identity while coping with the fear of being outed lends truth to this powerful story of self-discovery. E.A.B. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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