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Spy Stuff

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  392 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Anton never thought anyone would ever want to date him. Everyone knows nobody wants a transgender boyfriend, right? So he's as shocked as anyone when seemingly-straight Jude Kalinowski asks him out, and doesn't appear to be joking.

The only problem is ... well, Jude doesn't actually know.

Anton can see how this will play out: Jude is a nice guy, and nice guys finish last.
ebook, 226 pages
Published April 30th 2016 by JMS Books LLC
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Kaje Harper
A very good YA book which introduces readers to a gay F2M transgender boy who is appealing, not too angsty but realistic in emotions, and fun to watch. Anton has changed schools, after being bullied for his transitioning at his old school. In this new one, he has registered as a boy, and although a couple of the faculty know he's trans, he is otherwise not out.

His new classmates are an interesting bunch, open and rowdy, but mostly not mean and their teasing doesn't have a deep bite. But he's


I’m sorry to say I can’t get rid of the impression this is done halfway.

I was all the time “Yes, but no”.

“Okay, but not really”.

“No, but whatever”.

I wanted to be dazzled with all my being but I couldn’t. I was starstruck by What it Looks Like (WILL for friends), so I know what this author is able to do. I know he has the power to put me on my knees and make me plea. He has done it before.

So it was no wonder I expected fireworks here, too.

But there were none.

I’m even brave
Suki Fleet
Absolutely loved this story. I was glued from the first page. I adored Anton and Jude. The way their relationship unfolds is the sweetest <3

From the cover and the title I wasn't sure what to expect, but if you like YA and you want a read that will make your heart big and have you smiling ear to ear, this is the book for you.

More people need to read this for sure. Recommended.
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

YA + transgender + sweet romance

This book begins with 15-year old Anton's first day at a new school. Bullying forced him out of his old one and he's very happy to make a fresh start where people will know him just as a boy. He realizes immediately that his new school is not quite like his old one as he's welcomed right away into a new circle of friends, including Jude. Oh Jude. Jude's the too-nice boy with the big smile. The boy who's always been straight.

Anton and Jude become closer
Jay Northcote
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved every minute of this book. Snappy, witty, beautifully British writing that drew me in and wouldn't let me go (except I was at Euro Pride Con, dammit, and had to keep putting it down). Finished it on the plane home and had a goofy happy smile.

The characters are wonderful, and I really love Matthew's writing style. Highly recommended.
Chris, the Dalek King
In a splendid mix of humor and teenage angst, Spy Stuff brings out the daunting difficulties of being trans male when all you really wanna be is male, all the while still being incredibly charming and a fantastically encapturing read.

First days at a new school are hard enough, but first days at a new school when you are hiding a secret that forced to you change schools are even worse. Especially when you find yourself smitten with the supposedly straight class-clown. Add to that the fact that
3.5 stars

Jude was a bit too perfect to be true and in part the same goes for the rest of their friends, but I’d like to think that I’m just too cynical and that some teenagers these days are really that accepting and mature while still being completely obnoxious teenagers.
Rounding up because of that and the fact that Matthew J. Metzger can apparently make even me enjoy reading a YA book.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The actual rating is 4,5 stars.

I was a bit bumped at first when I realize there are no actual spies with guns, missions and secret ops. (I'm an idiot who picks books from their tbr without checking why it's on tbr in the first place, don't judge). I got over it quickly tho, the book is really wonderful and after reading it I understand what "spy stuff" refers to and it's a good book title.

So, Spy Stuff is well-crafted contemporary book about British 15 year old transgender boy Anton and his
Vee S
I have a lot of thoughts and will share them more in depth at some point but for right now: this is the #ownvoices contemporary trans YA that I have wanted for YEARS and it's so good and so important.
Melissa Veras
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a transgender teenage boy named Anton, starting in a new school, and guys... this is so fluffy and cute and heartwarming. The romantic interest, Jude, is maybe too perfect, but I didn't mind that because I think this is just a feel good story. Of course, we have transphobia and homophobia, but what most stands out about the book is the romantic aspect, and we have an amazing mother here, and an awesome aunt, and nice friends. I really recommend this book, I wish it had more ...more
BWT (Belen)
Anton is a fifteen year old FTM transgender teen dealing with a lot. His father refuses to acknowledge he's a boy. This is one of the reasons there was serious friction in his parent's marriage, and was a big reason leading to their divorce.

Now that the divorce is done, Anton and his mother have moved in with his Aunt, which has two silver linings: Anton is now in a home with adults who unconditionally and completely support him 100%. But the best part is that Anton is able to leave behind his
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The books I gravitate to tend to be gritty, gut wrenching, and angst filled. Spy Stuff is none of this; it is sweet and cute. From my perspective, sweet was perfect for this story and I loved it. Although the story is sweet, it does have heavy moments and themes. Anton's backstory is traumatic. There is a fair amount of internal conflict and the story is emotional. At times I raged. At times I cried. More often than not, I felt hopeful and happy. For me, it was a perfect blend of ...more
J.L. Merrow
I really enjoyed this book. The story pulls the reader in effortlessly and Metzger has teenagers down to a "t" - the dialogue in particular is very strong. The characters were all kinds of endearing, too, especially the lovely Jude. The story is positive and uplifting without ignoring issues faced by trans teens in schools today. Highly recommended.
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Possibly my favourite book of the year. Book hangover anyone? Review soon.
Lorraine Lesar
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Not only have I found a new author, I’ve found the most amazing and beautiful storyline that I have ever read. I can’t begin to describe the amount of emotions that this book invoked in me, I went from sadness tears, to standing up applauding tears to pure enjoyment tears and I have to mention that the “coming clean” scene, had belly ache laughter tears – one of the best scenes ever!

The storyline reminded me of the age old saying of “you can run but you can’t hide”. Anton moved schools thinking

5 feel good stars from me, for this YA Transgender story full of humour, good friends...oh, and swearing ;) Anton's transition, and his problems with morons who won't deal with it are told in a matter-of-fact way. His blossoming relationship with Jude made me smile and feel that things would eventually work out fine.

Jude, I <3 you so much, you're my hero!! You horrified me too, losing your virginity at 12 for Heaven's sake, but whatever....I just couldn't comprehend even thinking about sex at
Claire Potterton
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'd like to say that 15 year olds don't swear all the time, but a lot of those I've met actually do.
I'd like to say that 15 year olds aren't sexually active, or actively thinking about sex, but a lot of those I've met actually are.
I'd like so say that there aren't arseholes like Anton's father around, but sadly there are.
The stereotypical boy behaviour is perfectly realistic at 15, when kids are staking their claim to their place in the world, blustering, rough-housing and show boating to their
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Anton is a gay transgender teenage boy who has transferred schools after some intense bullying. He's anxious yet hopeful that things will go well in the new environment. However, his life gets hella complicated when he develops a crush on one of his new friends...

It took me a bit to unpack how I felt about this book. The good things made me give it thumbs up. The bad things made me cringe (a lot.) BTW, I won't talk much about the plot since it's a v. straightfoward one: Anton gets into a new
Lena Grey
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“So keep your mind wide open and allow for stereotypes to be defied. Express yourself in whatever way you wish and allow others to do the same. Don’t make anyone afraid to stand up and stand out for who they are and who they want to be.” ~ Rachel Thompson

After being bullied unmercifully at his former school, Anton of 'Spy Stuff' by Mathew J. Meltzer, is starting a different one in hopes of having a new beginning. When his teacher asks him to introduce himself, Anton bristles; since he wants to
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4.5 Stars

This one blindsided me a bit. It was my first read by this author and the content is not usually what I would select in a potential read. But I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The story begins with Anton Williams, a gay/ftm transgender boy, who is starting his first day at his new school. He's dealt with bullying in the past and is determined to keep his transgenderism secret. Anton catches the attention of fellow classmate, Jude Kalinowski, and they hit it off.

Suddenly Anton has a boyfriend, and for once
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Highly recommended.
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

This is my first transgender story and it was EXCELLENT!!! Anton was born Natasha, but gender wasn't an issue as a young child. Wearing dresses didn't mean anything because Natasha was still allowed to play sports and have short hair. It wasn't until Natasha got her period at age 11 (wow, that's young) that things started to be confusing and traumatizing. When Natasha was having serious freak outs about her period, her parents took her to a
Gene Gant
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story with a main character you'll want to hug, mixed with doses of humor here and there. It definitely held my attention from beginning to end.
Ulysses Dietz
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wrote this book for Prism Book Alliance and it was published yesterday.

This is a book that helped me so much, I can’t begin to explain it. If you had told me it was entirely about a fifteen-year-old trans boy, I might not have picked it up. I requested it to review because I loved Matthew J. Metzger’s other book, “The Suicidal Peanut.” Both of these are five-star books.

“Spy Stuff” is, from one point of view, a primer on what it is to be a trans teenager. It answers every question and doesn’t
Amanda Jones
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love, m-m
This book was everything I didn't know I was looking for! And so so beautiful!! I would love to see a book for these two in 5 or so years after Anton's transition!
4.5 stars A large part of what made this so amazing... is Jude. Wonderful, crass, hilarious, beautiful, kind, simple Jude <3 Their conversations about being trans were very well done, and I loved his perspective. I liked Anton a lot, and getting to watch him grow in confidence and pride. I was super bummed the sex scenes were only referred to, but alas, they are only 15. It was joyful watching Anton experience being seen and appreciated and understood. I liked how they didn't say I Love You's ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Thank you soooo much, porn elf!!
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer, lgbtq, my-e-things
Fantastic. I loved this. It's about a trans high school kid making a new start and it's lovely. Anton is awesome. He's a wonderfully engaging character and I loved reading his story. This book felt very real and very natural. The characters and the dialogue and everything just felt natural and normal and realistic, which I loved. The romance is delightful and Jude is a lovely character. This book made me smile a lot. It's a really nice book. I wish it wasn't noteworthy that this is a book about ...more
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*4.5 stars*
The classroom chat at the start nearly put me off. I couldn't connect with a bunch of 15 year olds. Stick with it, it's worth it. Anton and Jude (extra 1/2 star for Jude being a Spurs fan) are great. Would love to read more about them.
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Matthew is an asexual, transgender author from the wet and windy British Isles.

Matt writes LGBT novels, both adult and young adult, and particularly enjoys digging into the weird and wonderful diversity of people all across the sexuality and gender spectrums. When not writing, Matt is usually asleep, or crunching numbers at his day job. Free time is not really a concept here.

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