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    • ISBN:9781472151278
    • Publication date:04 Aug 2016

When Everything Feels Like the Movies

By Raziel Reid

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Beautiful, screwed-up, queer - Jude is a young man determined to blow kisses to bigots and defy a lifetime of neglect through glamour. Jude will wear whatever he wants, sleep with whomever he likes and live his life like he's the star of the show. This is his brilliant, blazing story.

Everyone wanted to break me. But stars aren't broken, they explode. And I was the ultimate supernova.

My name was Jude. They called me Judy. I was beautiful either way.

School was basically a movie set. We were all just playing our parts. The Crew, the Extras, the Movie Stars. No one was ever real . . . especially me. I didn't fit any category.

All the girls watched me - I could walk so much better than them in heels, and my make-up was always flawless.

All the boys wanted to, well, you know . . . even if they didn't admit it.

They loved me, they hated me, but they could never ignore me.

I only had eyes for Luke. A red carpet rolled out from my heart towards him and this year, on Valentine'sDay, I was going to walk that carpet and find my mark next to him. It would be like a dream.

But my dream was going to turn into a nightmare.

This is my story.

#WEFLTM

Biographical Notes

Raziel Reid's debut novel When Everything Feels like the Movies was featured on Canada Reads 2015 defended by Elaine Lui of LaineyGossip.com. Raziel's screen adaptation of the book has been optioned by Random Bench Productions. He currently lives in Vancouver where he teaches Creative Writing for Young Adults at the University of British Columbia, and is working on his next book.

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  • ISBN: 9781472151254
  • Publication date: 14 Apr 2015
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Raunchy, riotous, and real, this book is a total breath of fresh air. Hilarious and original, Jude is my new bae. A triumph. — Juno Dawson, author of Under My Skin and This Book Is Gay
Brave and caustic . . . After winning Canada's Governor General's Award for children's literature, Reid's novel was the subject of a petition protesting its 'vulgar' content. Just another example of the ugly prejudice it so affectingly indicts. — Independent
An important novel, about what can happen when you inspire hatred because you don't fit into any supposed 'normal' category . . .. a raw and original book — Telegraph, Best YA of 2016
A young adult novel with bite — Grazia
Brave, powerful, and can hopefully go some way toward helping young readers understand gender and sexuality — Attitude
Raziel Reid is a really extraordinary guy. He's got a great thing going — Anne Rice
Engrossing and incredibly real, When Everything Feels Like the Movies is too good to leave to the teenagers - it's one of the most exciting things to happen in gay fiction for years. — Winq
An uncompromising and often uncomfortable read, but also very compulsive and funny. — the Bookseller
Raziel Reid's debut novel beautifully and brutally spotlights how boundless the queer imagination is, especially as a survival instinct. The protagonist Jude Rothesay is a glamorous and brassy teenager, most inspiring for his persistent devotion and commitment to himself. I wish I had a role model or friend like Jude and a beacon like When Everything Feels like the Movies when I was in high school — Vivek Shraya, author of God Loves Hair and She of the Mountains
Reid's novel is truly a no holds barred examination of a young man attempting to explode into adulthood, with all the raw sexuality and gritty realism that such a journey entails. — CM Magazine
A tightly constructed life-as-a-stage allegory, complete with filmic idolatry and requisite amounts of love, lust, and all associated melodrama. — Backlisted
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