Felix Ever After

Felix Ever After

Book - 2020 | First edition.
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A Stonewall Honor Book

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, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780062820259
0062820257
Branch Call Number: Y Fic
Characteristics: 354 pages ; 22 cm

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Felix has never been in love and is afraid that being black, queer, and transgender will mean he will never find his happily ever after. When someone posts a damaging transphobic message, Felix is enraged and out for revenge only to find that may actually lead to love.

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SLPL_Divoll Nov 16, 2020

"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 m... Read More »

"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 m... Read More »


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sofiepearl
May 04, 2021

This book told a great story, but… personally, everything felt very on the nose; long speeches about privilege, about trans acceptance, about transphobia and racism within the gay community. Of course, these are all things that need to be addressed, especially in this story, but I would have preferred not to have the messages of the book spoon-feed to readers in paragraphs of dialogue. Show!! Don't tell!

SAPL_Teens Feb 23, 2021

Felix Ever After was a pretty eye-opening book. I was really taken aback with this being one of the first books I’ve read about a transgender person. So, it was a whole different experience for me. The story starts off with our main character, Felix Love, running late for his art program with his best friend Ezra. Felix is a very talented artist, and is aiming for a scholarship to Browns, his #1 pick for University. But fellow artist Declan, isn’t making it easy for him. With snide remarks and angry banter, Felix and Declan don’t get along. But this is only a small issue when old photos of Felix before his transition pop up during the program. With the first person he suspects to be Declan, he hatches a plan only for it to backfire in ways he never thought possible. In a harrowing chase, he looks to find the person responsible. While also questioning himself and what he wants to be. This was a roller coaster of a novel. My emotions were running high throughout the whole novel. It really opened my eyes to things that I’ve never imagined before. But, overall I really enjoyed this very interesting book. 4.5/5 stars - Maade, SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

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penelopegomez
Feb 05, 2021

OMG this book was so incredibly CUTE! This is the perfect book to read for Pride Month, if you can stand to wait that long, because this book was so incredibly good! In this book we follow a boy named Felix. He has recently transitioned from being a girl to a boy. He's changed his name and cloths and has even had some surgeries to start his transition. Felix is living his best life. He has amazing friends and is going to an art school in New York and just really enjoying this time in his life now that he is fully Trans. All of a sudden Felix's world is thrown upside down when an anonymous classmate has somehow gotten a hold of pictures from Felix's past. Pictures of Felix as a girl that he never wanted anyone to see. This horrible, mean, vile human, has plastered them all over his school for everyone to see. Determined to figure out who could do such a thing, Felix creates a fake Instagram and starts talking to a boy named Dylan, his only enemy and his obvious choice for his anonymous bully. I don't want to give too much away but I just wanted to say how incredibly good this book was. In this book the main character is Trans and unlike every other YA book that claims to be LGBT+ I felt like this book did an incredible job of actually going in depth and exploring Felix's sexuality. I've read so many other books where the main character is stated as being transgender in the first few sentences and then it NEVER gets talked about again! I felt like this book was really unique in that sense where we really get to go in depth with this character and his thought process and questioning his own sexuality.Felix knows he's not a girl, but sometimes he doesn't feel like a boy either, he contemplates if he really is transgender or if he's something "+." I feel like this book had a lot of beautiful messages and I think anyone questioning their own sexuality could really benefit from reading this book and knowing that they are VALID and not alone. This book had such a happy ending also, I literally cried at work listening to this audiobook. It was such a beautiful read in my opinion. 5 Stars for sure and also that cover is absolutely STUNNING!

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Aolanis101
Jan 18, 2021

This was honestly such a great read, I couldn’t put it down. If you want a read where you cry so often and learn that you are allowed to question your identity, your sexuality, yourself. You are allowed to feel and to express yourself, allowed to choose to forgive or not to, allowed to make mistakes and cry. You are in charge of your own destiny, your own identity, your own future, you don’t owe this to anyone else. Even when life just throws you so many ouchies, that it hurts to even imagine that it’s possible to be happy and to be loved.
This was really helpful to me, in many aspects. Amazing.

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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!

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evieonthetv
Oct 09, 2020

pick up this book! you will not regret it! I want to hug this book. from th get go I was attached to the characters and what happened to them. it was super easy to determine each character voice. it's about a black, queer trans boy finding himself and accepting that he's worthy of live and he tries to get revenge on his annonomyous bully and he's up in this twisted up love triangle. spoiler maybe: everything ends up working out and the ending left me feeling satisfied and not hungry for more either. I give this 10/5 stars haha

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.

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