Raziel Reid is a really extraordinary guy. He's got a great thing going
An uncompromising and often uncomfortable read, but also very compulsive and funny.
A tightly constructed life-as-a-stage allegory, complete with filmic idolatry and requisite amounts of love, lust, and all associated melodrama.
A young adult novel with bite
Brave, powerful, and can hopefully go some way toward helping young readers understand gender and sexuality
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.
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.
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
Raunchy, riotous, and real, this book is a total breath of fresh air. Hilarious and original, Jude is my new bae. A triumph.
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.
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