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Felix Ever After

Kacen Callender

Hardcover edition
Balzer + Bray

Awards and Honors
2021 Stonewall Honor Book
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use , Language: Strong Language , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Discrimination: Gender Identity , Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes

JLG Category

City High School

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-to-retaliate 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.

Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use , Language: Strong Language , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Discrimination: Gender Identity , Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes




Page Count


Trim Size

5 1/2" x 1 1/5"




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Scholastic Reading Counts


JLG Release

Sep 2020

Book Genres



Transgender people. Bullying. Revenge. Best friends. Friendship. LGBTQ.

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School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

Black, queer, and trans Felix explores love, friendship, and possibly retribution in this powerful #OwnVoices story of identity and self-worth. Seventeen-year-old Felix Love hopes the summer art program he’s attending will help raise his grades and increase his chances of getting a full scholarship to attend Brown. Surrounded by a diverse and mostly queer group of artist friends, Felix navigates complicated relationships, including transphobia and harassment from his own friends, from his loving but still learning father, and from an anonymous bully. Bent on revenge, Felix begins catfishing his top suspect, only to encounter some uncomfortable and surprising revelations about not just his potential tormentor, but his own feelings. Coping with the abandonment of his mother and feeling like he isn’t worthy of love, Felix also grapples with the unsettling feeling that his identity still isn’t the best fit. It’s only after a lot of research that he discovers the label “demiboy” and begins to feel a sense of comfort that extends to how he works through and untangles his various complex relationships, both romantic and platonic. Immensely readable, the narration and the dialogue are honest, smart, and at times, bitingly vicious. Felix and friends are complicated characters, constantly fighting, messing up, and making up. Felix is achingly relatable, both vulnerable and guarded, often on the sidelines but wanting so much more. His explorations address privilege, marginalization, and intersectionality while he learns about what and who get to define a person. Full of warmth, love, and support, this is an important story and an essential purchase.

Grades 10 & Up
City High School
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