Title: When Everything Feels Like the Movies
Author: Raziel Reid
Pages: 176 Pages
Publisher: Little Brown Book Group
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.
Oh boy, oh boy. I am a big fan of LGBTQIA fiction (although I hate that there has to be a specific term to define said fiction). As someone who works in education, I personally feel that books which focus on characters that are part of the LGBTQIA community really goes above and beyond the way to make today’s (and future) generations stop any prejudices. That is my hope, anyway. It may be seen as completely naïve but I stand by that.
When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid is a LGBTQIA story with a difference. Personally, I found it a very divisive story. I liked parts of the story but I didn’t really like the main character, Jude. I found him to be obnoxious and aggressive and whilst I could see that Reid had created a character with a vulnerable side I don’t believe it was enough to win me over.
As a reader, I like to champion my protagonist and in this case I honestly couldn’t say that I rooted for him at all. Furthermore, I felt that the writing style was deliberately taboo and provocative at times, not because it was necessary but more for the shock and awe value. Personally, I find this poor storytelling; if you have to revert to taboo statements then it screams that you can’t tell me in a more florid way.
However, When Everything Feels Like the Movies highlighted the dangerous nature of prejudice among youth. This is something that I will forever champion in literature.
When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid is available from the 4th August 2016.
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