Friday, December 25, 2020

YA Review: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Title: Felix Ever After

Author: Kacen Callender

Year Published: 2020

Category: YA fiction (LGBTQIA+, romance)
Pages: 368
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2020 Google Reading map)USA (NY)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): 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:  I have had this book on my shelves for a while, looking at it each time I choose what to read next, but never choosing it. Why? What was I thinking? It's so good!

This book has a likable main character in Felix who is free with his emotions, feelings, questions, and talks to his friends and family like I wish many would. Even though he is unsure of himself and his artistic talents, he learns to trust himself and to take care of himself, as we all should. 

I love how the author used their own experiences of transitioning and figuring out who they are to make Felix feel real. Felix's questions, discussions at an LGBTQ center, and research teach the reader in a way that isn't preachy or fake. The novel handles sensitive topics with love and care.

In addition to all that, the story is a good one, showing friendship, first love, pride in oneself, and families coming to terms with their teenagers.

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