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Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 5-star, contemporary, read-2020, young-adult, best-of-2020

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 that I connected deeply for many reasons.)

It also is about gender questioning, by an #ownvoices perspective, as Felix starts to have doubts about identifying as a boy. His exploration is full of anxiety and emotional moments; it hurts and it's raw. There's discussion on loving vs rejecting labels. And there was quite a nuanced discussion on being queer but transphobic.

And it is so much about love 🥺 Felix's last name is Love but he's never found it...and then he ends up in a sort of love triangle (tbh I thought it would be polyam but it wasn't) and it was the kind I actually didn't have a side for. I really loved how deeply developed all the secondary characters were too. Also Declan? Declan needs his own book as well please. 😭

Art. Love. Self destruction. Belief. Searching. Triumph. It is the kind of book that is so layered and both lovely and aching. Going to just go sit with my feelings now. I cannot recommend this enough.
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Kacen Callender
“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.”
Kacen Callender, Felix Ever After

Reading Progress

June 3, 2020 – Started Reading
June 3, 2020 – Shelved
June 8, 2020 – Shelved as: 5-star
June 8, 2020 – Shelved as: contemporary
June 8, 2020 – Shelved as: young-adult
June 8, 2020 – Shelved as: read-2020
June 8, 2020 – Finished Reading
August 13, 2020 – Shelved as: best-of-2020

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Mariah Roze Our Diversity in All Forms Book Club is reading this for November. We’d love to have you join the discussion on it. :) https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

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