Lambda Literary Award – Felix Ever After

Award

  • Also known as The Lammys
  • Who: started when L. Page Maccubbin, a bookstore owner in Washington DC, published a book report to bring attention to LGBTQ books
  • What: to honor the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books
  • When: 1989, given annually
  • Categories: fiction, erotica, mystery, poetry, romance, memoir or biography, non-fiction, debut novel, graphic novel
  • A famous novel that has won this award: Call Me by Your Name
  • Prize: if there a prize like monetary compensation I wasn’t able to find what it was
  • Other winners: https://lambdaliterary.org/awards/previous-winners-3/

Novel

I’m not flaunting anything. I’m just existing. This is me. I can’t hide myself. I can’t disappear. And even if I could, I don’t fucking want to. I have the same right to be here. I have the same right to exist.

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender, is a young adult novel about a black transgender teen in high school, who is getting to know what kind of person he wants to be through his interactions with family and friends. A villain tries to throw a wrench in Felix’s plans but like in all good stories they don’t succeed. This definitely falls under my goal to expand what I read. I rarely read young adult novels and this was my first book with a transgender character.

I see at least one thing a day that makes me wonder if the straight people are all right.

Because it was a young adult novel it was a quick read and followed the same kind of high school tropes you would expect from it. When I was younger, books with transgender characters were not something that would have been deemed acceptable. I feel like it would have been something I would have been drawn to because it gives a different perspective. The lessons in it are important and it’s just an all around fun book with lots of drama and angst. No matter who you are, we can all relate to teenage drama and angst. That will never go change.

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