Felix Ever After
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.
What I love most about Felix’s story are the multitudes of love presented. All types of love are treated as important and not in competition with each other, from family love to friendship to romantic to self-love. Each can be complicated and messy but also uplifting and joyful. And similarly, love doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Felix’s relationship with his dad, and his dad’s difficulty fully accepting Felix, directly impacts Felix’s relationship with himself.
While there are many parts to praise about FELIX EVER AFTER, I found myself drawn to the strength of the setting again and again. Felix lives in NYC and is doing a summer arts program. Callender made the city come to life in sensory details all throughout the story. I’ve personally only been to NYC once, many years ago, but Callender made me feel like I was right there with Felix. I love when contemporary books bring this strength of setting.
FELIX EVER AFTER is a must-read for readers looking for a sweet and messy love story, a journey of self-discovery, and those who could write love letters to painting and to NYC.