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Felix Ever After

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  17,714 ratings  ·  4,427 reviews
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 fin
ebook, 368 pages
Published May 2020 by Balzer + Bray
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Audrey Not at all. The book really is about Felix figuring himself out, and the love triangle is a small part of a much bigger process. Without spoiling too …moreNot at all. The book really is about Felix figuring himself out, and the love triangle is a small part of a much bigger process. Without spoiling too much, he talks to one boy for a while then learns a second boy has feelings for him. He's thrown for a few chapters, but the situation is quickly resolved. (less)

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chai ♡
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It is so intoxicating to be so clearly seen by someone else. To look at each other across a gap that had once felt unbridgeable and feel like your whole life is being brought into sharp focus by that moment, a perfect pocket of stillness. Even if that someone else is a book. A book that gives language for the things churning restlessly in your throat, so many little buzzing words that you can't release and can't swallow. A book that helps you build the
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***read for YA lit course***

i’m really thrilled i got the chance to read this for class, because i’ve been meaning to get to it for months. as we know, i don’t rate school books, but i’ve gotta say: this is a gem of a story & the hype is not undeserved! u should read it!!
I loved this so much.
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
So overwhelmed with love for this cover with a queer poc main character with top surgery scars. It's so visible and incredible I can't handle it.

Update 6/20/20:

Wow. Wow wow wow. There is such a scope of emotion here that it all overwhelms me. This is the messy queer book that I have needed desperately. It is sad and it is fierce and it is funny and it is hopeful and it is so full of love and full of forgiveness and fucking up and learning from it all. It’s a masterpiece.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Hello this book was perfect and messy and sweet and queer and I loved it so, so, SO much.

TW: transphobia, being outed, cyber-bullying
I just can't quit YA.

Try as I might to rebrand to an Intellectual Adult, whose favorite genre is Literary Fiction and whose to-read list is filled with international award-winners and dusty classics, I can never quite fully get there.

Because, in an example of great tragedy and unfairness, only YA has books like this one.

Books with effortless diversity and effortful representation and casts of characters that reflect what people really look like and are. And also, yes, really pretty covers with
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The World
Shelves: favorites
Felix Ever After offers up a cornucopia of queer identities and was just so incredibly moving, beginning to end.

I had to take a time out before I could even consider writing a review for this diverse YA Contemporary.

This novel is everything right now. It is everything I needed and it is certainly everything the world needs.

I've been trying to figure out why this one touched me so deeply and all I can say is, Felix Love. Felix Love who wants to know love, but first needs to learn he is worthy of
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
still not over this going to be on tv


I have a solid feeling Felix Ever After will be my favorite book of 2020.

Ever since I read the synopsis of this book, my expectations for it were soaring, and after reading it my love for it was even higher. Felix Ever After was such a joy to read, but it also felt as if each page wrapped around my heart and saw the deepest corners of my soul. Sometimes, I feel as if this book was written just for me, as a nonbinary queer Black person.

So, in this review,
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I'm not flaunting anything. I'm just existing. This is me. I can't hide myself.
Felix Love is an art student at an incredibly prestigious high school.

He's been through a lot in the past few years - from transitioning to losing his mom (she's not dead...just gone. Moved on.) And he's ready for the next step - college. And
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, queer
“But, just because we loved each other, doesn't mean we were meant to be together.
And just because you loved one, doesn't mean you can't love another.”

It cannot be said often enough: Boys with flower crowns on book covers are my ultimate weakness. This needs to be a thing.

The hype is very real for this one. Rave reviews everywhere, all my mutuals praising it in their bookstagram posts - reader, I was scared. But I didn't have to be because I flew through this book. There are some really importan
C.G. Drews
this was one of those incredible books that left me actually wordless 😭I just want to say go read it instead of reading me trying to form words on how heartfelt and aching and confused and angry and deeply loving and incredible it was. All Felix's artist feels, the ambitious vs procrastination moments, the fear of not being good enough and jamming yourself into creative blocks? That hit hard and true. (I don't pretend or act like this book was written for me; but I'm a little soggy and grateful ...more
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
A phenomenal young adult read which explores identity, race, sexuality/transgender identities, coming of age, bullying, the confusing emotions that teens go through, dreams and determination, friendship and family dynamics

Felix Love is one of the most dynamic ya characters I have ever come across!
Even though he tends to be seen as a teen who's not that socially dynamic at school but he's loyal to his friends, family and his dreams.

Inspite of all the extreme bullying in the form of revelation of
Kevin (Irish Reader)
If you liked Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, you’ll love Felix Ever After!

This book is going to be a new favorite of mine, I just loved it so much! I absolutely loved the characters, Felix, Ezra and Leah being my favorites. This book also has so much LGBTQIA+ representation, which I loved. I loved the discussions on being transgender and also Felix’s journey with self identity. The book is also set during pride month and the romance is absolutely adorable!

I don’t think I have anything negati
Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My emotions are everywhere! Such a powerful story about identity, friendship, family, self discovery with realistic characterization!

Felix Love wants to experience the true love! He wants to reflect those intimate feelings for creating more passionate art works! He is 17 years old who is chasing his dream to get approval from Brown University to study art! His competitor is Declan, an d friend of his. Now they became strangers because of the choices he made. Most of his friends didn’t understa
This was so good. I got so emotionally attached to this main character and all of his friends. It’s hard for me to connect to YA novels lately but every now and then I find a gem like this one and it reminds me why I still try. I love Felix, I love his journey of identity and self discovery in this book, and his romantic endeavors in this book. My heart broke for his complicated relationship with his Mom, and his at-times difficult relationship with his Dad. This isn’t the first own voices trans ...more
Larry H
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
We’re all worthy of love, but sometimes the path to realizing that is a tough one. This message is at the core of Kacen Callender's newest book, Felix Ever After .

Ironically, Felix Love has never been in love. He wants that more than anything, though, as much as he wants to get in to Brown University to study art. He knows his grades and his test scores aren't enough, but if he can make a splash with his portfolio he might have a chance. If only he could motivate himself to work on it...

"I wa
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FELIX EVER AFTER was a really, really good book. It's a story about questioning your identity, writing secret letters, first loves, secret cruelties, calling out harassment and bigotry, and educating loved ones-- oh, and art, New York, and coming of age. Basically, it's a hodge-podge of everything I love about YA, handled really maturely, and with a really great message to boot.

Felix is a trans boy who has never been in love but would li
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: Black trans demiboy mlm mc, Black Bengali mlm li, lesbian sc, mixed-race Black, Puerto Rican & white gay sc, poc sapphic sc, sapphic sc, gay sc, nonbinary sc
tw: transphobia (exposing old pictures and deadname, transphobic messages), mentions of past emotional abuse, absent parent

i just feel so very, very loved right now

the thing abt felix ever after is that it is CLEARLY written for trans kids. yeah, bad things happen to felix and yeah, there's quite a lot of transphobia but it's there bc p
may ➹
this cover broke into my house, spit in my face, and called me ugly

// buddy read with an angel
"You deserve to be loved," he tells me, then kisses me. "You deserve all of my love."
Felix Love has never been in love. The irony grates at him. Trust me, I get it. My name is Gloria and I'm an atheist. For Felix though, I don't think the problem is that he's never been in love. I think it's because he's obliviously in love and that good people, is how you write a brilliant romance.

I've said time and again that I worship the holy trinity of first person pov, great writing and surpr
I realise that this book isn't going to be for everybody, because Felix fucks up more than once, but I remember how I was at 17, and I was the queen of fucking things up. putting teenagers on a pedestal isn't realistic. Felix is still figuring out his identity while being deadnamed and harassed, and yes he doesn't react in the most logical way or a way that won't get other people hurt, but to me this is a realistic representation of what it's like being a teenager and being scared and hurt. it's ...more
Ashley Nuckles
I read this in one sitting and I LOVED. WANT MORE. AHH.
Wow. I normally am not a fan of character driven novels, but my emotional connection to these characters is what kept me hooked the entire time I was reading this. Felix's story was so emotional and he was just...confused. Which is something a lot of people go through, especially teenagers. I think that the conversations Felix had with people and with himself were just so raw and real and I really appreciated them.

The romance in this book was so sweet and so surprising and I loved how messy the
Lauren Lanz
Striking in its authenticity, Felix Ever After may as well be the best ownvoices novel I’ve ever read. It was impossible to turn away from Felix’s enlightening journey; I could feel the author’s own hardships through his every word.

“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.”

Felix Love, a black, gay, transgender teen is in the
This book is pure magic and I have a new all time favorite couple. ❤️

I loved Ezra and his bond with Felix so much! How comfortable they were together is just chef's kiss.
It's a spoiler so I won't say who Felix ends up with. Honestly, I loved both guys and since they all had a history together I wanted all of them to be in a poly realationship at one point, but I'm so happy Felix got together with the right person at the end! I shipped them since the beginning! They have my dream relationship!
Amy (libraryofamy)
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Changing my rating from a 4 to a 5 because this book just fucking deserves it. I want to put this book into the hands of every LGBTQ+ teenager ever.


“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.”

Content Warning: transphobia, outing, misgendering, harrassment, homophobia, abandonment

God damn, all the YA contemporar
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to hayden by: Phoenix (Books with Wings)
Shelves: 4-5-5-stars, lgbtqiap
This book follows Felix, a trans male, who is going through quite a lot. Most of this book dealt with the gallery that showed pictures of Felix before he transitioned. Felix was dealing with a lot in this book. His father wasn't very supportive for most of the book and he deals with former friends and friends who betray him. There were some problems with this book, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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Felix- I liked Felix. He was a decent character
First off, this cover is so beautiful, and knowing the book is about an artist who starts making self portraits, it really hits differently.

This is such a special book, and it really resonated with me. There was a lot of transphobia, but there was also a lot of hope and a lot of self exploration, which was amazing to read. I expected this book to be about a trans guy, but I didn't know he would also be questioning his gender identity and figuring out where he falls on the non-binary spectrum.

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Kacen Callender is a Saint Thomian author of children's fiction and fantasy, best known for their Stonewall Book Award and Lambda Literary Award-winning middle grade debut Hurricane Child. Their fantasy novel, Queen of the Conquered, is the 2020 winner of the World Fantasy Award and King and the Dragonflies won the 2020 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

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