I’m going to do today’s WWW Wednesday post a little differently as it’s been a very slow reading month for me. I haven’t finished a book in several weeks but I’ve got many, many books on the go (what a surprise) so here are some of my current reads, heavily influenced by the Skoden Readathon.
I’ve been meaning to catch up on my reviews but I always feel like these take me so long to write so it’s hard to find the time and sit down to do them. But I’ve managed! So here are a few recent YA reads, very different stories but something lovely about each.
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender Genre: YA Fiction | LGBTQ+ Own voices: Black, queer, trans MC CWs: transphobia, deadnaming, bullying, alcohol and drug use
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.
This book’s been a hit since it came out and as it’s on my yearly TBR, I’m very glad to have gotten to it.
I’ve included the content warnings above because this is a tough book. There is repeated overt and explicit transphobic content that the main character has to deal with that forms most of the major conflict of the book, and while the MC has support and these attacks are called out, it’s quite aggressive so do be aware going in.
With that said, this is a really sweet and touching story and so heartwarming. It took me a bit to get used to the present tense but it was easy to fall in with these characters. This book is all about love and there are some very messy relationships for these teens but it’s fun to be a part of their world for a bit.
I hadn’t known going in that it largely takes place at an art school as Felix is preparing his portfolio, but I absolutely loved the focus on art! Each of Felix’s classmates focus on different mediums in their artwork and the way that the author described the beauty of each was incredible. I’m glad we get a little taste of what some of these works would look like.