elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Spy Stuff by Matthew J. Metzger (129-06-05-2016)

1) This was a delightful story from beginning to end. Snappy, humorous dialogue, and best of all, teenagers who sounded like teenagers. The story was real, believable, heartwrenching at times, and I absolutely fell in love with Jude. In fact, the entire cast of characters were vividly drawn and just leapt off the page. Very enjoyable read!

2) Awesome characters.

3) I loved this book from the first page. Anton’s secret and his constant fear of discovery drew me in and made my heart ache with the knowledge that, as so often happens in fiction, the worst would inevitably come to pass. I marked down a touch on setting because I felt like the author could have done better there. But this book reads like the best of the YA genre and has become a definite favorite of mine. I will look for more from this author.

4) I enjoyed is book and found it very thought provoking. It was good to read it from the perspective of a teenage trans man which gave great insight. I did find some of the secondary characters (Jude in particular) a bit too good to be true, and everything major did seem to work out very neatly in Anton's favour. However, I learned a lot.

Spy Stuff by Matthew J. Metzger
Transgender Young Adult
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 29, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1530638771
ISBN-13: 978-1530638772
Amazon: Spy Stuff
Amazon Kindle: Spy Stuff

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. And Anton is transgender, and transgender people don't get happy endings. If he tells Jude, it might destroy everything.

And if Jude tells anyone else ... it will.

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