When Everything Feels Like the Movies (Hardback)Raziel Reid (author)
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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.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 266 g
Dimensions: 136 x 201 x 19 mm
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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