Felix Ever After: Self-love is key



Book Review: Love yourself first!

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner and COVID-19 still an issue, how about staying inside by the warm fire and reading this great book about Felix Love? 

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender is a young adult novel that handles sensitive, serious topics in ways teens can relate to. It is set in modern-day Brooklyn, at a prestigious art high school, with the protagonist and antagonist competing for the same spot at Brown University. In addition, the main character, a black, transgender, queer senior in high school, is faced with transphobia that leads to issues of identity, love (others and yourself), success in school and life, and much more. In that sense, it is also part mystery, as the novel is also about how Felix finds out who targeted him. I was hesitant to read the book at first because it is from a male point of view, which I don’t read very often, but I’m so glad I took the chance and read it. You will finish the book with a more compassionate understanding of the challenges people face in their day-to-day lives. In reading this book, you can come to understand these struggles from a personal point of view which is very powerful. The characters are forced to deal with transphobic discrimination, racism, acceptance, identity, and love; you really get put into their shoes. Not only is the book informative about challenges people are experiencing today, but the characters were also faced with the “classic” and relatable troubles such as crushes, bullying, and friend issues. 

I think everyone should read this book because, no matter your identity, you learn a lot from it. The main takeaway is how important it is to love yourself. The book really inspired me to remember how self-love gives you the ability to succeed in relationships with others, romantic or not. Ironically, Felix Love struggles with self-love throughout the book, but in the end, we can see his growth that no matter what people think, you are important. So, this Valentine’s Day, alone or not, spoil yourself in some fun way. Maybe watch a funny movie and eat good food, or try this awesome book!

Disclaimer: The novel contains cursing and hate language. Guilford High School believes that families should choose reading materials that align with their personal values and belief systems. It is impossible for the school to review every book that is published.