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f2m;the boy within

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School-leaver Skye plays guitar in an all-female Chronic Cramps band. Making a name in the punk/indie scene is easier than FTM (female to male) transitioning: from Skye to Finn, from girl to man. This is a 'coming of age' YA novel. e-version available on Amazon.
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Paperback, 330 pages
Published 2010 by Ford Street Publishing (first published 2009)
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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...more
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...more
Jul 02, 2011 Heidi marked it as owned-but-unread
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!
Ada Cicada
From footscray library!
This is a YA fiction about a young trans guy.
It's set in Melbourne actually, about five years ago published.
It felt very nostalgic then I realised that because Skye/Finn talked a lot about stuff I was interested in at that age and lots of conversation I had around 18 in Melbourne.
There's a lot about patterns in families, which I quite like.
Overall I liked it, although I think there is some unneccessary 'trans guys have it sooooo much harder than trans women' points made fr...more
Stuart Bramhall
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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
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
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...more
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Paul Collins
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...more
Gem Dean
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...more
Sarah Sammis
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...more
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
Jamila Bost
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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 5 of 5 stars  ·  (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.

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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
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.
June Alexander
Thanks, Hazel, for another great book, on an issue that has been 'hidden under the carpet' for far too long.
Jane Connory
Interesting, insightful and tugs on the heart strings. Ignorance is no longer an excuse ...
Mar 07, 2012 Kara rated it 3 of 5 stars
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YA trans lit, my first. Vanilla, but nice enough.
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