Kid’s Book Review: Felix Ever After

Kid’s Book Review: Felix Ever After

About the Book and Author

From award-winning author Kacen Callender is a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time. It shines a light into the world of a transgender teenager showing that riding the falling-in-love rollercoaster is just as up and down an emotional experience as any other teen except that he has to deal with other people’s prejudices and have the courage to remain true to himself too!

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.

As Felix navigates his complicated feelings he begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself. This ground-breaking book is published in the UK by Faber.

Felix Ever After cover
Kacen Callender author

Born and raised in St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, Kacen Callender is a bestselling and award-winning author of the middle-grade novels Hurricane Child and King and the Dragonflies, the young-adult novels This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story  and the adult novel Queen of the Conquered and its forthcoming sequel King of the Rising.

Book Review

The story has taught me to have confidence in who I am

Initially, having read the blurb for Felix Ever After, I was unsure if I would really enjoy this book as romantic fiction is not a genre I would usually read. However, as soon as I began reading the book, I felt great empathy for the main character, Felix, and his desire to experience love and happiness.

Throughout the story, as a reader, you are exposed to the marginalisation that people like Felix – gay, black and transgender can experience every day.

The story follows a roller coaster of emotions such as anger, fear, happiness and contentment as Felix strives to find true love. On his journey he has to deal with how the outside world perceives him and his own fear that he is not good enough to be loved.

The story has taught me to have confidence in who I am. By being true to myself and who I am will allow me to build strong relationships and hopefully find love as I grow older.

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  • Name: Jacob
  • Age: 14 years
  • Likes: sport, history and holidays
  • Dislikes: early mornings and onions
  • Favourite Book: Scythe By Neil Shusterman
  • Favourite Song: Feel Good Inc. by Gorrilaz
  • Favourite Film: Star Wars