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.
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.
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.