Title: Felix Ever After
Author: Kacen Callender
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: May 5, 2020
“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.”
This was just absolutely lovely on every level and well deserving of all the hype surrounding it. Felix Love wants to be in love, but after someone starts harassing him with transphobic messages and showing images of him pre-transition and posting his deadname, Felix doesn’t know if happiness is in his reach. But Felix’s catfishing plan for revenge brings more questions than answers as he finds himself falling for two people and discovering more about himself along the way.
Things I Liked
A small thing, but the music intro for the audiobook was perfect. It gave of the best pop punk vibes that put me in a great mood to start the story.
I loved Felix. He goes on quite the journey of self discovery through the story. Felix is proud of all of his identites: Black, queer, trans, and isn’t afraid to stand up for himself. He also is still discovering parts of himself and being with him on the journey was heartwarming and heartbreaking all at once. And I really enjoyed getting to see his relationship with his father throughout the story, and how much love and respect was there – even when his father didn’t always behave in the way Felix deserved.
Ezra is one of the most supportive friends I’ve ever encountered in a book. He always has Felix’s back 100%, unquestioned. The two spend so much time together, I feel like I really got to know both of them and could really appreciate their friendship because of how loving and genuine it is. And he has excellent taste in fictional Disney crushes.
I really loved the romance in the story! I was hoping the couple would get together from the very beginning, so I loved the ending.
Things I Didn’t Like
Marisol is truly awful. My mouth literally dropped open when we learn the reason her and Felix didn’t continue dating.
I’m not going to lie, some parts of Felix Ever After were hard to read and definitely made me angry, but the joy, strength, and growth throughout the story made all the pain well worth it. This is a beautiful journey of self discovery, self worth, and self love and I will recommend it to everyone without hesitation.
Strong content warning for transphobia