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Felix Ever After

By Kacen Callender
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Publisher Description

A Stonewall Honor Book * A Time Magazine Best YA Book of All Time

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.

"Felix is attending an ultracompetitive arts summer program to have a better shot at a full scholarship to Brown when someone posts Felix’s dead name beside photos of him, pre-transition, in the school’s lobby. Felix’s plot to get revenge throws him onto the path of love and self-discovery." (Publishers Weekly, "An Anti-Racist Children's and YA Reading List")

328 Reviews

Thumbs Up“Ive enjoyed my reading. Felix's story touched me a lot and I'm happy to have followed him during his journey, in search of his identity. Ezra and Leah are my favorites 😍 and I learned a lot of things about gender identities. On the other hand, I didn't really get hooked on Kacen Callender's writing style. And I found some repetitive parts. Also how Felix didn't know that Ezra loved him there was so many signs 😫”
Characters change and growRelatable charactersEasy to readRomanticRealistic settingComing of ageMeaningfulThought-provokingObstacles overcome too easilyPredictable
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“I loved this book, and Felix finding themselves really resonated with me.”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenAddictiveImmersive settingInspirational
Slightly Smiling Face“I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would initially, I found it a little hard to get into at first but that was only because of my own headspace at the time. So glad I pushed through, really enjoyable and original storyline, I found the characters super believable and well developed. Definitely makes me want to diversify my reading more to gain different perspectives.”
Believable charactersDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersEasy to readOriginal writing
Slightly Smiling Face“With all that has happened this February, I almost feel that this book was meant to show just how much I needed to pay attention and be a better ally...I'm happy that Felix was able to gain so much confidence in his identity, and despite the hurt he's had to suffer, it just made him stronger. I hope for the same strength to those who have had to face worse situations...the trans community is filled with so many unique and amazing people and you all deserve so much love and support!”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersHeartbreakingComing of ageInspirationalThought-provoking
Slightly Smiling Face“I related to Felix when he talked about his relationship with his dad and towards the end of the book I related to Declan bc of the fact that his dad will never accept him too. This book made me relize how much harder it is to be a person of color and to be part of the LGBTQ+ community and how much harder that can be if ur trans too. I didn't like Marisol at all bc of what she said did to Felix. I especially hate Austin for outing Felix and for putting that gallery up and those messages too.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersRelatable characters

About Kacen Callender

Kacen Callender is originally from Saint Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. Kacen has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from the New School’s writing for children program. They are also the author of the young adult novel This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story and the middle grade novel Hurricane Child, winner of the Stonewall Book Award and Lambda Literary Award. They can be found online at www.kacencallender.com.

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