Felix Ever After
by Kacen Callender
YA Contemporary, Romance
From Stonewall and Lambda Award–winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.
Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after.
When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages—after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned—Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi–love triangle….
But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.
This book has got so much hype and I’d seen it recommended so much that I was actually almost put off picking it up for a while – but thank goodness I did.
Phwoar. What. A. Book.
Felix Ever After follows the story of Felix, who feels like he’s one marginalization too many – Black, queer and trans. And when someone posts old pictures of him and shares his deadname with the school, he’s furious and horrified. With the help of his friends, he has to find out who it is, all while confronting his own identity as well as getting tangled in quite the messy romance.
I absolutely loved this book!! Callender’s writing was so inviting and beautiful – I was so impressed by its beauty and heartfelt prose. This book for me is the pure example of why I read – to escape into someone else’s story and step into their shoes for 300/400 pages. I will never know the experience or hardships of being trans or Black, but this book allows me to educate myself and look outside my own experiences into those belonging to others. It fet like such a marvelous privilege.
Also the story took me by surprise. I have to admit I made myself go into this story not knowing much more than it had a transgender main character, so it definitely took me in a route that I wasn’t expecting but one I pleasantly enjoyed. Thoroughly recommend!