Greetings, friends, and welcome to another installment of Trans Book Club! Today we’re going to be looking at the imaginative and affirming YA novel Euphoria Kids, by Alison Evans. I can honestly say that this was a book unlike any I’ve ever read, and while I do have a few small critiques, overall I really, deeply enjoyed it. Venture below for more!
There are three main characters in Euphoria Kids – one is a trans boy, one is a trans girl, and the third is nonbinary. Living in Australia near a wild and magical wood, all three of these teens hold some kind of magic. Iris was born from a seed and grown in their mothers’ garden (plus they’re learning how to cast spells and can talk to faeries), Babs occasionally goes invisible and is made of fire, and The Boy, who hasn’t found his name yet, is artistically gifted.
The most wonderful thing about this book is the friendship between these three – their love and support of one another is immediate and unconditional, and it only grows as the story progresses. There’s an easy, warm flow to the story, and I loved living in this magical world while reading it. It’s a beautiful tale of friendship and self-discovery, and the interweaving of fantasy elements just makes it all the more special.
A few small things I would critique: First, the story is told in first person POV, switching off characters every chapter, and the voices aren’t quite distinct enough to pull this off. Second, the main characters are meant to be fifteen or sixteen, but their dialogue and actions make them seem much younger – if the story hadn’t outright mentioned their ages, I would’ve assumed they were twelve or thirteen. Finally, the climax of the story is a bit of an anti-climax. I enjoyed it very much, and I think the correct choices were made regarding how certain plot points were handled, but there is a sense of rising tension throughout the story that fizzles rather than resolving.
With that said, I will absolutely be reading this book again, and it has definitely earned its place of honor on my queer bookshelf. It’s a nice, easy read that offers a book-sized dose of the “euphoria” the title speaks of, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for something with magic, heart, and great queer, trans, and enby representation.
Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Euphoria-Kids/dp/1760685852/
Author’s website: https://www.alisonwritesthings.com/