Title: Felix Ever After
Author: Kacen Callender
Page Count: 368
Publisher: Baltzer and Bray
Age Category: Young Adult
Trigger Warnings: deadnaming, transphobia, hate crimes
Rep: black queer trans mc, m/m romance, multiple queer characters
Back Cover Blurb:
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.
Felix Ever After is an honest and layered story about identity, falling in love, and recognizing the love you deserve.
I want to acknowledge that I am not the person who should be the reason why you read this book or not. Please go seek own voices reviews of this book. For that reason, I am going to keep the review relatively short.
I really enjoyed this book! I think that there are really important topics scattered throughout this book that I think everyone should read. If you are looking for books that discuss intersectionality, I think that this is one that you should read. Felix constantly discusses the way he is oppressed and privileged numerous times.
I really love the way Kacen Callender discussed Felix’s feelings towards his gender. I feel like there is very little demi-boy or girl rep, and I love that we got that. I also really identified with Felix’s questioning his gender after he came out because I have felt mildly similar with my sexuality. I think it’s important to discuss how fluid sexuality and gender is, but that doesn’t always appear in books.
I liked the characters, but I will say that they are probably the reason I didn’t rate it five stars. They were good, but I sometimes got confused by who was who. I wasn’t super attached to the love interests (pretty much either one). It’s not that he was bad. I just didn’t feel super connected to him. They weren’t the most fleshed out in my opinion.
Overall, this is a solid read. I would definitely recommend it to someone because I think there are very important conversations about gender, sexuality, and intersectionality.
Rating: 4 stars