Book Review: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Title: Felix Ever After

Author: Kacen Callender

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction

Number of Pages: 354

Rating: C

Recommended?: No

I was so disappointed by a this book. I wanted so badly to love it and it just didn’t live up to my expectations. It was particularly surprising because I really liked the last two books I read by this author, Hurricane Child and King and the Dragonflies. Felix Ever After is about a transgender 17-year-old boy who decides to catfish a kid who he thinks has been harassing him. However, things get complicated when he starts to develop feelings for the person he’s catfishing and he gets caught up in a love triangle.

Okay, I’ll be the first person to admit I don’t like love triangles. They’re stupid. This book was way too long and it was didactic. There were long conversations about gender identity that went on and on and felt preachy. Felix was immature and every emotion he had got turned up to 100. He seemed like he was twelve rather than seventeen.

The relationship between him and the boy he was trying to get revenge on went way too fast. They talk for just a little while and share some of their personal feelings and then the other guy is like ‘I think I’m falling for you.’ WTF? Again, it felt like they were twelve or thirteen instead of seventeen. I also found Felix’s whole gender identity crisis frustrating. He’s already gotten top surgery and he doesn’t know if he’s trans? Again, just too much unnecessary drama for me.

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