When Everything Feels like the Movies

Raziel Reid

When Everything Feels like the Movies

Raziel Reid's debut novel When Everything Feels like the Movies is the coming-of-age story of a young teen who refuses to be anything other than his flamboyant, fashion-loving self. Jude likes wearing his mother's high heels and imagining that the world around him is part of a film set, and he doesn't have it easy in high school, with its cliques and homophobes. His extravagant fantasies and irrepressible nature make Jude one of the most memorable teen characters in recent CanLit. Winner of the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature.

When Everything Feels like the Movies is for readers ages 14 and up.

Elaine "Lainey" Lui championed When Everything Feels like the Movies for Canada Reads 2015.


My mother's closet was basically a sex shop. It was full of costumes and shoes, which she wore to work. That's 'work' in the original sense, although she werked for a living.

I'd take a pair of her shoes and wear them down in the basement, pretending the cement floor was covered with a red carpet and the washer and dryer were paparazzi. I hoped the conspiracy theory that the iPhone camera lens is the all-seeing eye was true. Big Brother is watching you. Perfect! I loved an audience.

From When Everything Feels like the Movies by Raziel Reid ©2014. Published by Arsenal Pulp Press.