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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press (Aug. 27 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551525747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551525747
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Raziel Reid is a really extraordinary guy. He's got a great thing going. —Anne Rice (Anne Rice 2014-07-08)

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 (Vivek Shraya 2014-07-14)

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 (CM Magazine 2014-09-10)

A tightly constructed life-as-a-stage allegory, complete with filmic idolatry and requisite amounts of love, lust, and all associated melodrama. —Backlisted (Backlisted 2014-10-15)

An edgy and non-sugarcoated novel, full of gender-bending teen glamour, mischief and melodrama. —BC Booklook (BC Booklook 2014-11-05)

A powerful first book, an important book for young queer youth, and written like a burst of glitter gushing through an open wound. —Lemon Hound (Lemon Hound 2014-11-18)

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 (Montreal Gazette 2015-01-01)

His extravagant fantasies and irrepressible nature make Jude one of the most memorable teen characters in recent CanLit. —CBC Books (CBC Books 2015-01-01)

When Everything Feels like the Movies is convincing from the very start, Jude's point of view perfectly executed and consistent. In order to create a sense of agency over his life, Jude imagines high school as a movie set, the complex social structures comprising players with their parts. And his part is unabashedly himself, for there is no one else he can be (and the alternative would be being no one at all), moreover his self-definition is limited by others' expectations of his behaviour, and he plays right into that role. Jude and his friend Angela are crude, stupid, vindictive, reckless, and cruel in the manner that all people are when they are learning about words and responsibility and the power to hurt and shock (and be noticed). In this way, they're not so different from their more conventional classmates. Every single one of them is scared, insecure, terrified of being found-out, and trying to be bullet-proof. —Pickle Me This (Pickle Me This 2015-02-17)

Equal parts captivating, heart-breaking and eye-opening, the novel exposes the chasm between millennials and every generation before them. —The West Ender (The West Ender 2015-03-26)

This story is a whirlwind of gender-bending drama with plenty of pop culture references. —School Library Journal (School Library Journal 2015-04-14)

When Everything Feels like the Movies refuses to conform to the gender and sexuality norms of the YA genre (a genre inundated with straight, cisgender, upper-middle-class teens whose sexual fantasies end at second base), and it's honest and beautifully written. I wish I had read any stories like this one when I was in Jude's position: an angry, foul-mouthed queer teen growing up in a small town. —Geist (Geist 2015-06-22)

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, but in the best way possible. —The Guardian (The Guardian 2016-03-06)

About the Author

Raziel Reid's debut novel When Everything Feels like the Movies won the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature (Text) and was the runner-up in CBC's Canada Reads 2015 competition, defended by Lainey Lui of LaineyGossip.com. His screenplay of the novel is being produced by Random Bench.


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This was a selection for my book club. I found the main character untrustworthy, and I question everything he says in the story. I firmly believe that the depiction of a gay teen in high school if frighteningly accurate, especially the bullying and treatment he receives from others. But the main character was so unlikable, so mean to everyone else in the story and unable to see anything good in others, I really started to question his reality. Much like the main character in Lolita, who has a grandiose sense of self.
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An exciting, edgy read. If you're bothered by muscular use of language and a sense of spirit and risk, then by all means run screaming back to Planet Prude. Kids talk like this and I'm sorry if you want to believe in the tooth fairy as well. I consider this to be the most exciting YA novel to hit the shelves in a long time. What other YA novelist is using the word coruscated with such verve? I cheered when he won the GG.
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Extraordinary book about an extraordinary kid coping with reality through the constructive use of fantasy. In many ways his life sucks because of how other people react to who he is and how he is different. He never stops dreaming and pushing the boundaries. It's not always a comfortable read, but it's a damned good one. Kind of like a queer Catcher in the Rye. Reid wrote this at the age of 24, and I look forward very much to reading everything he writes from now on.
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A beautiful tragedy filled with hope and longing. I loved this book. The voice of the narrator was stunning and authentic and perfect. I know it's going to stay with me for a very long time. I loved so much about this book, it's impossible to parse into a review. Jude/Judy is a tour-de-force of a character. From page one I wanted her to succeed in the movie of her life. Filled with unrivaled sarcastic wit, the whole thing was just a sheer delight to read. The grit and reality of the narrator's voice was flawless and fearless. A beautiful novel...
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When Everything Feels Like The Movies is one of those novels that is surrounded by controversy. Many thought that the themes within the story were way too intense and mature for a young adult audience in which this book is marketed towards. Although I agree that the themes were shocking and graphic at times I found myself thinking back to when I was a teenager and I really do believe that I would not have found this as disturbing as most might think.

After re-reading that synopsis I realized that it definitely makes the book seem a little bit more campy and humorous, but I can tell you right now that this story was anything but.

When Everything Feels Like The Movies is downright graphic from the language the characters speak to its descriptive scenarios. There were definite moments within the novel that had me second guessing whether or not I had actually picked up a young adult novel or if it was rather meant for an entirely more mature audience.

Jude does not have an easy life. He is constantly bullied by his classmates for bravely expressing his true self and it seems as though no one cares about his well-being other than his best friend Angela for the most part. He is bullied in ways that disturbed me personally and I don’t ever want to believe this is happening in reality, even though sadly I know that this is probably the case.

As a result of this constant bullying, Jude begins to imagine himself as a famous movie star. He likes to believe that everyone is just jealous of his star quality and that those who bully him are just his jealous haters. Although some may think that he is being strong and ignoring his tormentors, I believe that his acting this way is probably some form of a mental disorder.
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This is the story of a young, gay, disenfranchised, gender-creative teenager named Jude, simply trying to survive life in a small town, eager for escape.

His story is not always easy to read as it juxtaposes the sad, depraved and often violent realities of Jude's life with the glorious fantasy world he creates for himself to deal with it all.

While this book deals with some sexual elements that made me slightly uncomfortable (often referencing masturbation and sexual acts between consenting teens), the story had me engaged and page-turning.

The end of the story will have you in tears.

A moving, quick read, recommended for mature audiences.
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Jude/Judy is in middle school ~ a boy who wants to be a girl. he is abused and beaten. The language is white trash, the reader needs to look beyond the language to gain an understanding of what it's like to live in the wrong body. This book might be an eye opener for parents who don't know what life is like for their young developing into adults. With smart phones do kids in middle school really talk to each other like this, or is it just white trash?
There is hope for Jude in this book when Mr. Dawson (one of Jude's teachers) tells him: "don't Dream it, be it."
This book made it to second place in Canada Reads 2015.
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Jude is a boy. A beautiful boy, who loves high heels and pink lipstick. Inspired by the 2008 murder of gay teenager Lawrence Fobes King, this book takes a close look at the bullying Jude suffers in school on account of his sexuality and his open attraction to a popular boy. Jude has one of the funniest (and saddest) narrative voices I've come across in recent times. Beautiful and heartbreaking. The only thing I found hard to believe was that the kids in this book were in middle school. I would have thought they were at least in high school. Highly recommended!
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