Book Review: Felix Ever After

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Felix Ever After
Author: Kacen Callender
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Coming-of-age, Realistic fiction, LGBTQ+ rep, trans demiboy MC, questioning rep
Content Warnings: Bullying/harassment, misgendering, deadnaming, forced outing, transphobia, racism
Goodreads synopsis:

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.

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Big thanks to Epic Reads for gifting me a copy of this book!

I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book before it was even released. Now, that I finally got to read it, I know that this book deserves all the praises and more.

Felix Ever After is a story that needs to be heard, a story that needs to be amplified. It’s honest and raw, it’s heartbreaking, and it’s absolutely beautiful.

My thoughts on Felix Ever After

This book is just so good from start to finish. The writing style is great and there’s something poetic and mellow about it that provokes emotion and thoughts out of the reader.

I loved the characters, especially Felix! He’s so precious and talented and passionate, but he’s insecure and confused about a lot of things. And though we seem him make mistakes, we also see him go through everything and learn and grow. I liked Ezra and his friendship with Felix. And in a weird way, I liked Declan, too. However, Leah has got to be my favorite. She is the absolute best and I’m so glad Felix has a friend like her.

The plot is relatively simple, and I almost thought it was going to be predictable. However, I have to applaud the author as they did a really good job telling the story. There were little details and plot twists that really managed to get through me (and the fact that I never saw them coming is just so great!). As a whole, it was also a journey of self-discovery, of self-love, and learning to realize and accept that you deserve something good as well. I loved that.

I also loved how family is a big part of the story, and that it talked about exploring and questioning one’s gender identity and/or sexuality (so awesome and wholesome!). I also particularly loved how Felix and Leah cuts off a few toxic “friends” out of their lives, because this is how it should be.

Callender also said in the Author’s Note that this book is very personal to them. And I can see it, I can feel it all throughout the book. It’s so heartfelt and deeply moving (and if I cried in some parts of the book, no one needs to know). This is the story of many Black trans and queer youth out there, and we need to listen to them and support them, rather than bring them down and make them think they’re not a real person.

Overall, Felix Ever After is one of the most beautiful books I’ve read. Now I’m going to need someone to turn it into a movie (please) because this is a masterpiece.

Quotes from the book 

​“Straight people are so exhausting.”

​​“It’s easier to accept hurt and pain, sometimes, than love and acceptance. It’s the real, loving relationships that can be the scariest.”

“I’m not flaunting anything. I’m just existing. This is me. I can’t hide myself. I can’t disappear. And even if I could, I don’t fucking want to. I have the same right to be here. I have the same right to exist.”


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In conclusion, Support trans authors and their books!

That is all.

Have you read this already? Tell me your thoughts!

9 thoughts on “Book Review: Felix Ever After

  1. Awesome review! This sounds like such a powerful and touching read. I cannot wait to pick it up and honestly, every time I see this cover I want to read it even more. It’s just *chefs kiss* perfection 😍

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