If you asked any of the co-bloggers here at Rich in Color what our most anticipated book right now is, you’d get one answer: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender! And by the way, it’s out today! Here’s the description:
“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.”
Sounds amazing, right? We love Callender’s writing (read This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story if you haven’t already), and have you seen Felix Ever After‘s cover? It’s breathtaking, incredible, and belongs in a museum.
So of course we’re beyond excited to be sharing an excerpt with you… and announcing that our group discussion book for this quarter will be Felix Ever After! Order a copy (do that here) and read along with us! Our group discussion will be up on Wednesday, June 3rd. Now, without further ado…
Click HERE to read the first two chapters of Felix Ever After!
About the Author
Born and raised in St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, Kacen Callender is the 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 Felix Ever After, and the adult novel Queen of the Conquered.
Kacen was previously an Associate Editor of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, where they acquired and edited novels including Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles, the New York Times bestseller Internment by Samira Ahmed, and the Stonewall Honor award-winning novel Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake. They enjoy playing RPG video games in their free time. Kacen currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.