Elaine "Lainey" Lui defends When Everything Feels like the Movies by Raziel Reid


When Everything Feels like the Movies is an edgy and unforgettable coming-of-age story. Jude insists on being true to himself -- flamboyant, fashion-loving and celebrity-obsessed -- even as he faces increasing hostility at home and at school.

Elaine "Lainey" Lui is the co-host of CTV's The Social and an etalk reporter. Her celebrity gossip blog, LaineyGossip.com, is followed by more than one million readers every month, making it a leading international celebrity gossip source. Her first book, Listen to the Squawking Chicken, debuted at #1 on the Globe and Mail bestseller list.

Raziel Reid is a former go-go boy turned society columnist and pop culture blogger for DailyXtra.com. He lives in Vancouver and writes full time. His first book, When Everything Feels like the Movies, won the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature (text). He is currently working on a commissioned screenplay of his novel.


Lainey on why When Everything Feels like the Movies should win Canada Reads:

"Stories about young characters aren't just relatable to young readers. Just because a book is classified as young adult doesn't mean that the talent of the writer or the narrative isn't impactful. The problem is that readers can be snobby and readers can discriminate. Readers have a responsibility to be better than that. This book is about how we often isolate what we don't understand, how victims are born, and how we can fight. And that is a story that we can't box in an age group."

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Watch Lainey Lui's opening defense on Canada Reads Day One:

Canada Reads Day Two highlight: Is When Everything Feels like the Movies too graphic?

Canada Reads Day Four highlight: Lainey Lui's opening defense:

Canada Reads Day Four highlight: Lainey Lui responds to Barbara Kay's criticisms of When Everything Feels like the Movies:


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