Some (ok, probably most) of you might not know that #24in48 was borne of ye olde book blogging days, and your three hosts (Rachel, Kerry, and Kristen) actually met each other via their book blogs/related conversations. From Twitter chats to Book Expo trips together, what started in the internet became a lifelong, IRL friendship story.
But I digress. Most book blogs of 10ish years ago have shuttered or stalled (ours included!), as conversations moved to new spaces: Bookstagram, Twitter, Litsy, TinyLetters, and other platforms for dialogue.
While we hope that readers continue to share about the #24in48GroupReads on social media, we also wanted to create a space for non-social-media users to comment, discuss, and share thoughts about the books selected for this weekend… and so we’re going back to our old book-blogging roots with a post for each group read.
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender:
An indie bestseller from Stonewall and Lamda Award winner Kacen Callender (they/them; he/him), here’s what you can look forward to in Felix Ever After:
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. [Publisher copy]
For more about Kacen Callender, see:
- A YA Pride interview with Kacen Callendar about Felix Ever After
- Bitch Media: “Felix Ever After” Lets Queer & Trans Teens Be Messy
- Them.us: “Harry Potter Saved My Life. J.K. Rowling Is Now Endangering Trans People Like Me”
And tell us — what did you think of the book? What questions did it raise for you? What answers? Have you read any of Callender’s other books? Drop it in the comments or on social and let us know your thoughts!