BOOK REVIEW: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Publication Date: October 9, 2018
Format: Paperback
Genre:  Non-fiction, death, dying

Publisher: WW Norton & Co     
288 pages
Buy:  Kindle Paperback 


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.


I received found this book through the book club Literati

I loved this book. What a great coming of age novel! Felix is a young art student, he spends half his time with his dad and half his time with his best friend who lives closer to their school.  Felix is trans, his father has been nothing but supportive except he can't or won't call Felix by his name.  

An anonymous art installation at the school featuring Felix as a girl and dead naming him leads Felix on a hunt to find who would be so hurtful.  His first guess is the another student at school who always seems to give Felix and his best friend a hard time. Felix decides to try to get back at him by cat fishing him but what turns out as a way to get back at him turns into something else.  

Felix is also struggling with his identity, is he really a boy or is there a different gender that fits better? As Felix struggles he also has to come up with a plan for his portfolio to get into college. 

A great exploration of gender identity, coming of age, young love, and being less judgmental.  I can't recommend this book enough. I loved every second of it.  

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