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From 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 find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalisation 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 recognising the love you deserve.
‘Definitely not a book to be missed.’ Buzzfeed
‘This book is a gift, from start to finish.’ Becky Albertalli, bestselling author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
‘An intricate love story for the ages.’ CNN Underscored
‘A firecracker of a book. Teens need this one.’ Casey McQuiston, bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue
‘Bold, empathetic coming-of-age story.’ The Bookseller
‘Perfectly balances hardship, hope and happiness.’ Nic Stone, bestselling author of Dear Martin
‘An essential purchase.’ SLJ (starred review)
‘Boldly empathic, hopeful, and full of love.’ Publisher’s Weekly
‘Beautiful.’ justin a. reynolds, author of Opposite of Always
‘An unforgettable story.’ ALA Booklist (starred review)
‘Smart and engaging.’ Horn Book Magazine
I've never read a book that more perfectly balances hardship, hope and happiness. This story shines a spotlight on the one thing that transcends all differences: a desire to be loved and to love in return.
A firecracker of a book from an author with a powerful point of view, Felix Ever After is refreshingly real--full of queer kids who live and breathe and swear and love and make messy mistakes. Teens need this one.
Full of nuanced looks at how relationships can be both toxic and supportive, loving and confusing, and exciting but brief, this is definitely not a book to be missed.
There are stories that are vital and there are stories that are brilliantly crafted. Callender delivers both in this beautiful exploration of friendship, new love, and self.
Felix Ever After never shies away from the beautiful, messy complexity of love in all its forms. This book is a gift, from start to finish.
An intricate love story for the ages.
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