Felix Ever After

hardcover, 368 pages

Published May 5, 2020 by Balzer + Bray.

ISBN:
978-0-06-282025-9
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4 stars (14 reviews)

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 …

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Review of 'Felix Ever After' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Perfect read for Pride Month – especially since it ends with a Pride parade! It makes me sad that this book is on the banned list in a lot of states because it does a great job both normalizing non-binary and non-cis identities and raising the issues kids face in navigating the ignorance of their peers. This book is fun because most of it is underpinned by a mystery – trying to figure out who is anonymously harassing Felix.

TW: dead-naming, transphobia/homophobia

Review of 'Felix Ever After' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Sweet, drama-filled YA with some serious soul-searching and the usual teen love themes.

Young, black, gay and trans Felix has a lot working against his success. Add his insecurity into it, and it's unlikely he'll reach his dreams.

I read this for a book club, with an eye to self-love as the theme of our discussion, so my take was heavily influenced. It was an excellent story of Felix finding his core and learning to love himself. It was a bit pat for my tastes, but I believe that's a function of the audience. Overall, it was uplifting and interesting.

Review of 'Felix Ever After' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Kacen Callender is a trans­masc­uline Stonewall and Lambda Award-winning author who has written for children, teens and adults; Felix Ever After is a YA m/m romance novel with a Black, queer, transmasculine protagonist.

Felix is a 17-year-old art student in New York who worries that he’s never been loved or in love. After a transphobic troll deadnames him and violates his identity at the start of summer school, he wants to get revenge to help heal that hurt.

But, inevitably for someone moving into adulthood and wondering about his place in the universe, that’s only one of several complicated emotions he’s working through.

One thing I liked about Elise Hu’s review for NPR is that she addresses the thing that might be discomfiting for some readers who are white, cis, straight, middle-class and, frankly, not 17 anymore:

All of those boxes Felix checks, in addition to being abandoned by his …
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