Felix Ever After

Felix Ever After

Book - 2020 | First edition.
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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")

Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780062820259
0062820257
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Calle
Characteristics: 354 pages ; 22 cm

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Love may be his last name, but Felix has never experienced it. Although he is proud to be Black, queer, and transgender, he worries that no one will appreciate him for who he is. When someone at school starts posting Felix's deadname beside images of him before he transitioned, Felix is determine... Read More »

From Overdrive: "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... Read More »


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chris_pv
Jan 18, 2021

On top of the trans/queer representation that is handled so well and so realistically (at least to me) in this book, it also offers a more intriguing love story than the ones I've seen before. I like that you didn't quite know where the story was headed in a way that was so relatable.

LoganLib_Sheridan Jan 15, 2021

So I loved this book. There was plenty of LGBT issues discussed in this book as it follows a group of creative students in an artistic school. The book has a very LGBT friendly setting but this doesn't negate the transphobia and homophobia that still arise.

Felix is trans-demiboy living with between his father's and his best friends place. His father was trying to be supportive but doesn't always do very well and Felix gets understandably frustrated. He also has some anonymous person sending him transphobic messages which creates self-confidence issues.

He gets bullied anonymously by this person at school prior to the messages and is determined to find out who it is. This leads to an examination of the people around him and how just because you don't like someone doesn't mean they are a bad person and just because you like them doesn't mean they are a good person.

I enjoyed the drarry vibes that Felix's relationship with his former enemy had and felt like maybe that relationship could work but I do enjoy the way the book finished.

I was frustrated with the inclusion of Felix's emails to his mother in this story and how that story thread ended but in the end I realised it's Felix's way of saying he doesn't need anyone's approval to be himself.

This book was a lovely book, with soft and heart-wrenching moments, about navigating a bunch of different relationships and just how important communication can be.

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Margar_B
Nov 20, 2020

What a beautiful book! Not every storyline has a happy ending as the title would have you believe. Every guess I made about the ending turned out to be incorrect. What I love most about Felix is that he realizes that just because you are trans doesn't mean you have to have all the answers. The dialogue is realistic, as are the choices the characters make. Real teenagers (okay, not all, of course) smoke pot, drink, stay out too late, don't tell their parents what they're up to. This story validates that it's perfectly normal to want to find your own path in life, and provides a clear distinction between choices that only hurt yourself and choices that hurt others. Highly recommended!

sjpl_rebekah Sep 05, 2020

First off, can we take a minute to appreciate that cover…gorgeous! I would have picked this book up for the cover alone if it wasn’t already in my TBR pile as a Mock Printz Committee selection. In the novel, Felix is an artist with a penchant for painting self-portraits. I like to think that this would have been one of those portraits.

But anywhoo, this book was a nice coming-of-age story filled to the brim with tropes. Misunderstood teenager? check. Angsty art school students? check. Mysterious online admirer? check. Confusing feelings about an attractive best friend? check.

Tropes aren’t necessarily a strike against a novel. When done well I enjoy them, however, I can’t say that about all the tropes in this book. I thought the romance angle in particular was weak. There was a weird quasi-love triangle that I didn’t feel did justice to either of the love interests. I could have cared less if Felix ended up either or neither of them.

So in summary, do not read this book for the romance, but rather for the character arc of a trans teen achieving self-acceptance and figuring out that it is ok to not have it all figured out.

LPL_VanessaR Aug 24, 2020

Felix Ever After is a seminal work of affirming fiction that allows one to go the highs and lows of this, oftentimes, harmful, difficult, and painful life. Yet, it's much more than that. We are left with the beauty, hope, and outright joy that is possible. It's an ode to the Black queer, trans experience: an ode to love. The way it moves you as you are reading, will leave you sometimes bleary eyed, and clutching at your chest. If you want to be moved, I recommend you read it, sit with it, and reread again.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Aug 24, 2020

A solid teen romance...made special by virtue of its trans male lead. Appropriately swoon-worthy and affirming (because everyone who wants romance should be able to see themselves reflected in these types of stories).

ArapahoeJennieB Aug 09, 2020

I wanted to wrap this book in a hug. Inspired by the author's own journey, this story is a love letter to Black, queer and trans teenagers. Felix Love's realization that he is capable (and worthy) of giving and receiving love will make your heart burst with queer joy.

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cat23_12
Jul 20, 2020

Well I loved this book right from the word go. Felix makes for a great narrator and it was just so wonderful being a part of their world and hearing the thoughts in their head. I really think that if you loved reading the development in Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, you will love reading this one. This books takes it that step further, that step deeper and I am so here for it.

All of the themes explored in this book are of course wonderfully timely and definitely something that you people today need to be reading about. The issues surrounding online harassment and bullying just can't be written about enough in my opinion. There is so much stigma around speaking up against that kind of harassment and how schools handle that when it occurs outside of their walls. I just loved how it was handled and dealt with in this book.

Friendship is a major theme of this book as well as family and that is something that often comes up in young adult fiction but it is dealt with in new and interesting ways in this novel. I like that friends might be those you find outside of school and family might just disappoint you, that can happen. There is a fab support group in this novel that reminds me a lot of the support group I read about in Rick by Alex Gino. It is encouraging to know that that kind fo support is out there.

Identity is also of course the over arching theme in this novel and it is dealt with so well. We might think we know something about our identity but at any point in our lives that can change drastically or even minutely and that can be terribly discombobulating. I think living this issue through Felix is great and it is written about so well here. I also love that Felix is encouraged to be creative at school, that it is celebrated. As a teacher it makes my heart happy to see that it could actually happen.

If you are wary of picking up this book because it covers so many issues, please don't let that put you off. This book is romantic and funny and the plot is perfectly pace. Yes issues are dealt with but they are part of the story of Felix and I really enjoyed every moment of this. Highly recommend.

LPL_MaryW Jun 07, 2020

Kacen Callender is definitely an author to watch! His latest novel follows Felix Love—a black, queer, trans teen who’s never been in love. He’s confident in many ways—he doesn’t hide his top surgery scars, for one—but when an anonymous classmate posts pictures of him pre-transition, he’s devastated and furious. Felix takes to Instagram to exact revenge, but catfishing soon turns into texting for real, and his relationship with best friend Ezra is evolving, too. Felix Ever After perfectly captures gut-wrenching high school romance and sheds light on the trans experience. An #ownvoices novel about love, hate, and identity.

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