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School-leaver Skye plays guitar in her all-female Chronic Cramps band. Making her name in the punk/indie scene is easier than FTM (female to male) transitioning: from Skye to Finn, from girl to man. Uncovering genetic mysteries about family heritage tear the family apart
Paperback, Large Print, 352 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by ReadHowYouWant (first published 2009)
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Ashley D--
Oy, it took me such a long time to write a review for this book. It was a pretty painful read because it was so dull, and I didn't want to pick it up again to write my review. Still, I'm glad a transitioning story exists at my public library, and I think a lot of the trials Finn faces in the book are accurate.

A lot of stuff in the book isn't realistic, though, particularly the amount of time Finn takes to go through all of the steps of transitioning. In the beginning, he's like, "I'm a dude. I'm
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Alexandra Taylor
I picked up this book a few weeks ago to read as she's attending a festival I'm helping run and doing a talk on this book and I'm glad I did. It's a simple and easy read but completely fascinating. It did go quickly BUT it is aimed for young readers so that is understandable in many ways. Despite that it hits the important issues that are relative to this topic.
Steph Bowe
This is a fantastic, groundbreaking novel - I think the fact that one of the writers is trans himself adds to the authenticity of the novel and the issue of gender transitioning was dealt with honestly. Hopefully this is a novel that will both entertain and educate teenaged readers.

The elements of Skye/Finn's life in the novel outside of his gender transition - the punk music, zines, blogs - all added greatly to the novel. His situation in the novel - having finished school but not yet employed
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Mersini
Oh dear.

On the one hand, I appreciated the subject matter of this novel; trans youth are often ignored in the face of other queer issues, and the stories most heard are of those who began to transition later in life. So I was glad this existed.

On the other hand, it's quite poorly written. There's enough there to keep you going, which is why this novel is getting three stars and not two, but the style is appalling. It begins an idea only to drop it or segue badly into something else. And it does
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Nicole Field
Jan 03, 2016 Nicole Field rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tower-teams-iv
f2m turned out to be fantastic follow up reading for Delusions of Gender.

Written in first person, this book seems more like a memoir or autobiography than anything else. Although it was off to a bit of a rough start, with patchy chapters and scenes that both started and finished a little bit too abruptly, the story found its voice and went really smoothly from there. I really got to like the character of Skye, who became Finn. The story within the story of Finn’s great uncle Al was incredibly i
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Heidi
Jul 02, 2011 Heidi marked it as owned-but-unread  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aus-women-list
OMG, Hazel Edwards is the author of "There's a Hippopotamus on my roof eating cake"? That's an absolute classic!
Jay
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Paul Collins
Feb 03, 2013 Paul Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eighteen-year-old Skye is a member of an all-girl punk rock band. Skye has never felt like a girl. Inside, (s) he is Finn, a boy. Making the decision to let Finn be outside as well as in involves a lot of work. How do you tell your family and friends and the members of your feminist rock band that you’re going to undergo female-to-male treatment and surgery? Fortunately, there’s a family precedent: great-uncle Albert … or is that great-aunt Alberta?

Skye/Finn could easily be a victim, but refuses
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Stuart Bramhall
Nov 09, 2010 Stuart Bramhall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
f2m: The Boy Within is a sensitive, compelling fictional account of an 18 year old female-to-male transgender teenager and the emotional, social and physical challenges he faces in confronting transition. The writing style, which is extremely engaging, makes you inclined to keep reading once you start. I was especially impressed by the way it balances both the inner dialogue and lingo of turbulent late adolescence.

What I liked best about the novel was the authors’ skill in portraying the subjec
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Narrelle
Jun 29, 2010 Narrelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ford Street Publishing is certainly not tying itself down to just one genre for its YA readers. There's been Foz Meadows' "Solace and Grief" (vampires), George Ivanoff's "Gamer's Quest" (fantasy/SF/gaming) and now "f2m - The Boy Within" - a transgender coming of age story.

f2m is the first-person story of Finn - born Skye - who decides, on his 18th birthday, to finally take steps to becoming the male he knows he is, inside the female form he was born with. It's not going to be easy, though. What
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Nikki
I was stunned to realise that the author I adored as a child, the author of the 'Hippopotamus' picture books, was also the author of a YA book about a trans teen transitioning to a male body. I sort of expect authors to be stuck back writing for the age you discovered them at, I think: I didn't expect Hazel Edwards to have any kind of a subtle grasp on gender and sexuality, to have any of the issues I've become familiar with as an adult close to her heart too.

Well, her grasp of gender and transi
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Banditnator
This was the first book I have read that has dealt with the subject matter. After reading the first few pages I was excited as the protagonist and I shared a lot in common. But the excitement stopped there. The writing was mediocre, as was the 'fill in' story that seemed awkward misplaced. On the up side, I loved the portions that dealt with the actual transitioning process, it felt real and very accurate. One of the down sides is how unlikable the characters are, and how blatantly stupid Finn i ...more
Christopher Moss
Skye is the lead guitar in an all-girl punk band Chronic Cramps, but she knows her days with the band are numbered because, as she is learning to accept, she is a boy. Finn, as the trans-kid chooses to call himself, is now eighteen and finished with school, and he is ready to start presenting his true gender, whatever that takes. He will find opposition from many quarters, including his punk friends, but his persistence and self assuredness are inspiring.

Though I did not act on the same convicti
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Tara Calaby
I wanted to love this. It's so important that books dealing with trans issues are available, especially to a YA market. However, this particular book just didn't do it for me. The characters are annoying neo-"punks" and it's all so EASY. I'm not an expert on transitioning, but it seemed as though Finn was able to proceed with T and surgery at an unrealistic pace.

It'd be a one star review if it weren't for me being so pleased to find a trans book in my local library.
Hazele
May 11, 2010 Hazele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Internationally, this is the first YA novel co-written by an author who has transitioned gender.If you Google the full title, there are lots of online guest blogs and reviews. Further details, reviews and a book trailer on the co-authors sites www.hazeledwards.com and www.ryanscottkennedy.com The publishers site www.fordstreetpublishing.com
Casey
Jul 18, 2012 Casey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read in two days. Hazel is a great author, really captivates the audience and goes into depth about aspects most books would skim over. great read and informational at the same time
Jools Xavier
Feb 24, 2011 Jools Xavier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
A good book about a f2m journey from womanhood to man hood. I know the book is fiction, but it made me think about my journey in this world. I loved it and own it.
Alison
A more positive story featuring a transgender character, proactively transitioning from female (Skye) to male (Finn).
Written in collaboration with a family friend who experienced the same transition, F2M is illuminating for all readers.
Finn has his parents' support and learns of a family history he can identify with. Most of his friends understand his need to be recognised as Finn - there are others who look at him from their point of view and are judgemental.
I have to agree with other review
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Jane Connory
Apr 12, 2013 Jane Connory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, insightful and tugs on the heart strings. Ignorance is no longer an excuse ...
Esther
Jul 12, 2015 Esther rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skye is a punk who plays in an all-girl band, the Chronic Cramps. She’s finished high school and she’s still working out what she wants to do with her life. But she knows one thing for sure: she doesn’t want to be a girl any more. She wants to be a guy, Finn. But that involves some big changes: breast-binding, hormones, surgery if possible. Not to mention telling everyone to use male pronouns and call him by his new name, Finn.

It’s a rocky adjustment for some. His best friend Marla has trouble
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Sarah
Aug 19, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Had to read this for children's lit, for the week on sexuality (which, incidentally, contained only books about gay, lesbian or transgender sexuality - I felt IGNORED!) I skimmed through the bits about Skye/Finn's family life and punk band, which seemed a bit boring and half-hearted because (I suspect) they were only added to flesh this out and make it a novel rather than an account of someone's transition from female to male. But I found the transition stuff totally fascinating. It seemed reall ...more
Dom
Nov 17, 2011 Dom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eighteen-year-old Skye is a member of an all-girl punk rock band. Skye has never felt like a girl. Inside, (s) he is Finn, a boy. Making the decision to let Finn be outside as well as in involves a lot of work. How do you tell your family and friends and the members of your feminist rock band that you’re going to undergo female-to-male treatment and surgery? Fortunately, there’s a family precedent: great-uncle Albert … or is that great-aunt Alberta?

Skye/Finn could easily be a victim, but refuses
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Gem Dean
May 16, 2013 Gem Dean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Skye is an 18-year-old girl. She plays in an all-girl punk band. She has a loving family. She has friends. She also has a major problem: deep down inside, she knows that she’s actually a boy. f2m: the boy within is the story of how Skye becomes Finn — of how he deals with the transition; of how he tells his family and friends. It is a coming-of-age story about identity.

In many ways this book is a bit of an “Everything you wanted to know about gender transition but were afraid to ask” manual. It
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Sarah Sammis
Feb 15, 2013 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
f2m by Hazel Edwards and Ryan Kennedy is a YA novel about 18 year old Skye deciding to go with her heart and transition to male. Will Finn be welcomed into the once all-girl band? What will her parents and brother think? Plus, there are family secrets!

The book is a pretty quick and tame read. For young adults who might feel the need to transition (especially those in Australia, as some of the steps are very specific to Australian health care), the book reads like a step by step process, wrapped
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Boy is the android
The prose starts out stilted, and the characters seem at first like cardboard cut-outs; both improve over the course of the book. There are also a number of punctuation and typographical errors which could have been avoided with a better proofing job. My initial impression was that it was an okay YA book -- not great, but not bad, either, and worth reading for anyone looking for a (YA) novel with an FTM protagonist. The further I got, the more I liked it, and by the end, I'd switched from feelin ...more
Hazel Edwards
Jul 18, 2015 Hazel Edwards added it  ·  (Review from the author)


ABC Radio 'f2m;the boy within' Reviewed by Sarah Mayor Cox from the Bendigo Writers' Festival http://blogs.abc.net.au/victoria/2015...
Jamila Bost
Jul 07, 2012 Jamila Bost rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amanda
I couldn't bring myself to finish this one. Stories about transgender teens are so important and it is even more important to have some presented by transgender authors. But as a story, it was too formulaic and predictable. It was very "tell" rather than "show" in terms of exposition and the descriptions of the punk scene were too cliche. I put it down after about fifty pages and then didn't pick it up again until it was due back at the library. Maybe this book works for someone and I sincerely ...more
Ryan Kennedy
Aug 30, 2010 Ryan Kennedy rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
"f2m: The Boy Within will be a boon to any teenager with feelings of gender anguish and will help to promote tolerance of, and indeed empathy with, those who feel trapped in a body of the wrong gender." Papertigers blog.

Read more reviews at http://ryanscottkennedy.com/reviews/
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