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When Everything Feels like the Movies
     

When Everything Feels like the Movies

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by Raziel Reid
 

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Winner, Governor General's Literary Award

Finalist, Lambda Literary Award and Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction

"Raziel Reid is a really extraordinary guy. He's got a great thing going."—Anne Rice

School is just like a film set: there's The Crew, who make things happen, The Extras who fill the empty desks, and The Movie Stars, whom

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Winner, Governor General's Literary Award

Finalist, Lambda Literary Award and Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction

"Raziel Reid is a really extraordinary guy. He's got a great thing going."—Anne Rice

School is just like a film set: there's The Crew, who make things happen, The Extras who fill the empty desks, and The Movie Stars, whom everyone wants tagged in their Facebook photos. But Jude doesn't fit in. He's not part of The Crew because he isn't about to do anything unless it's court-appointed; he's not an Extra because nothing about him is anonymous; and he's not a Movie Star because even though everyone know his name like an A-lister, he isn't invited to the cool parties. As the director calls action, Jude is the flamer that lights the set on fire.

Before everything turns to ashes from the resulting inferno, Jude drags his best friend Angela off the casting couch and into enough melodrama to incite the paparazzi, all while trying to fend off the haters and win the heart of his favourite co-star Luke Morris. It's a total train wreck!

But train wrecks always make the front page.

Raziel Reid is a graduate of the New York Film Academy. He currently lives in Vancouver.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/27/2015
Reid's debut, the 2014 winner of the Governor's General Literary Award for Children's Literature, is a no-holds-barred view of teenage sexuality and bullying. Jude Rothesay is a gay teen with a penchant for wearing his stripper mother's outfits and makeup. Facing constant aggression from classmates, online posts, and his mother's boyfriend, Jude views life through the lens of film, seeing his detractors as jealous fans and his bleak small town in Hollywood Technicolor. Jude's friend Angela, on a sexually destructive bent, shares his desire for escape; alone and together, they skip school, drink, pop stolen pills, and cut themselves. When Jude decides to leave town for good, friends turn away from him, a teacher gets too close, and Jude confronts his long-held crush, culminating in tragedy. Reid's graphic sex scenes can be jarring, and when coupled with Jude's bitingly sarcastic voice ("I write a killer suicide letter"), weaken moments of emotional depth. But Reid's incisive rendering of the multiple torments outspoken gay teens endure shines through, and Jude's story will stay with readers. Ages 12–up. (Apr.)
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"I’m struggling to find the right words to put alongside this book for a review, because I’m not entirely sure I can fathom the words required to really do this book justice. It’s incomparable, and it’s completely unlike anything you’ve ever read before. It will shock you, but in the best way possible." —The Guardian

"This story is a whirlwind of gender-bending drama with plenty of pop culture references." —School Library Journal

"Even within the realm of YA books about gay, cross-dressing teenagers, When Everything Feels Like the Movies stands out. It doesn't mince words, and often those words are the kind not generally found in children's literature." —Montreal Gazette

School Library Journal
03/01/2015
Gr 10 Up—Reid introduces readers to Jude, a gay teen who fantasizes about being a movie star. Jude, who has been given the nickname Judy by some classmates, is fairly comfortable with his sexual orientation as well as his desire to wear his mother's beautiful dresses and makeup. In order to deal with the homophobia he confronts at school and home, Jude slips into his fantastical life as a movie star constantly tortured by paparazzi. Throughout the book, Jude explains how his school is like a movie set and his family, friends, and enemies are all players in the melodrama. This story is a whirlwind of gender-bending drama with plenty of pop culture references. Underneath the references to drugs and sex, the story is simply about a teen boy looking to find a place where he is accepted and celebrated. VERDICT A fun choice for readers who can handle mature content.—April Sanders, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551525747
Publisher:
Arsenal Pulp Press, Limited
Publication date:
04/14/2015
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
728,057
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Raziel Reid is a former club kid and go-go dancer and a graduate of the New York Film Academy. While in New York, he starred off-Broadway in a production of Check, Please and wrote and starred in the short film End Point. Reid's debut novel When Everything Feels like the Movies won the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature (Text) and was the runner-up in CBC's Canada Reads 2015 competition. His screenplay of the novel is being produced by Random Bench.

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When Everything Feels Like the Movies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! The author has an amazing writing style that is easy and fun to read. The voice of the main character is so real! Loved every single page