by Kacen Callender
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
From Stonewall and Lambda 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 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.
Target age: 14 and up
"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." --Casey McQuiston, bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue
"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." --Nic Stone, bestselling author of Dear Martin
"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." --Buzzfeed
About the Author:
Kacen Callender is originally from Saint Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. Kacen has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from the New School's writing for children program. They are also the author of the young adult novel This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story and the middle grade novel Hurricane Child, winner of the Stonewall Book Award and Lambda Literary Award.