Riley starts a tumblr to talk about their struggles with their gender identity– but then it goes viral and is discovered by someone at Riley’s new school who threatens to out them. As the child of a conservative congressman running for re-election, that could get really bad.
The 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.
Cis girls: Bec (side character)
Queer: Riley, Bec
Not mentioned in the book. Presumed to be the same as the characters’ sexual orientation.
White: Riley, Bec
Riley has anxiety and depression