Review: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender.

Blurb

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.

Felix Ever After is an honest and layered story about identity, falling in love, and recognizing the love you deserve. 



Review

So much to love in this magnificent book.

We see themes of gender, identity, love (in various forms), and learning to love yourself.

I enjoyed reading Felix’s story of self-discovery on many different levels. Exploring his gender identity, sexuality, evolving friendship dynamics and relationships, as well as looking at racism and privilege.

Felix makes mistakes as he navigates his friendships and relationships but he learns from them and grows. He grows as a person and gains confidence within himself. We learn about self-acceptance and allowing yourself to be loved. It is a beautiful sentiment.

I found the book to be emotional, somewhat anger-inducing, but also uplifting and at points very humourous! I had to snap the book shut and throw it down (gently) twice, the cringe! We’ve all made mistakes on Social Media and in text messages, so the pain and panic I felt for Felix in these situations was very real! Just nope, no way, jeez you didn’t do that!!

A brilliant take on YA themes, with topics important and prevalent to everyone in society today.

Thank you to Faber Children’s for sending me the Proof Copy.


Author Bio

Born and raised in St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, Kacen Callender is a bestselling and award-winning author of the middle-grade novels Hurricane Child and King and the Dragonflies, the young-adult novels This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story and Felix Ever After, and the adult novel Queen of the Conquered and its forthcoming sequel King of the Rising. They enjoy playing RPG video games in their free time. Kacen currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.


One thought on “Review: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender.

  1. Hallo, Hallo Katrina,

    I wanted to see your thoughts about this novel because this is one that I earmarked to read myself last year and yet, wasn’t able to get round to borrowing it during a month I had to time read it. Uniquely I’m thankful I hadn’t as Mum wants to do a buddy-read with me with this one and I thought it might lead to a wonderful discussion afterwards. We tend to like the same stories and read the same genres but although in recent years we’ve been limiting ourselves to reading the same INSPY Romantic Suspense novels (ie. Love Inspired) which spark their own discussions of plot and characters, this was one of the first times we decided to branch out into YA Contemporary.

    Given your reaction and mine to another YA Contemporary this month, I was thankful to see you enjoyed Felix! I had a good feeling about this one but without having read it myself, I was always worried about it – whether I could soak into it and enjoy it or if it would prove to be one I had to put down. So thankful I read your thoughts tonight!! I will have to see if I can requeue this at the library at some point this year. I’d love to finally say I’ve read it too! Once that happens I’ll try to remember to come back to your review and see if I can add new commentary after having experienced it myself.

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