When Everything Feels Like The Movies

When Everything Feels Like The Movies


When Everything Feels Like The Movies by Raziel Reid

first published 2014, paperback


An edgy and extravagant YA novel about a glamorous boy named Jude.

School is like a film set. There's The Crew that make things happen, The Extras who fill empty spaces in rows of desks, and The Movie Stars, whom everyone wants tagged in their Facebook photos. But flamboyant high school student Jude Rothesay, who lives for Louboutins and celebrity magazines, doesn't fit into any category: he isn't a part of The Crew because he isn't about to do anything unless it's court-appointed; he's not an Extra because nothing about him is anonymous; and he's not a Movie Star because, even though everyone knows his name, he's not invited to the cool parties. Jude is the self-professed flamer who lights the set on fire, but before everything turns to ashes from the resulting inferno, he is determined to get Luke Morris to be his date to the Valentine's Day dance.

Inspired by a true story, When Everything Feels like the Movies is an edgy, extravagant novel for young people and others, full of gender-bending teen glamour, dark mischief, and enough melodrama to incite the paparazzi. A boy who smells like Chanel Mademoiselle, calls Blair Waldorf his biggest childhood influence, and reads Old Hollywood star biographies like gospel doesn't have the easiest path to travel in life, but somehow, Jude paves his road with yellow bricks and makes us all wish we could join him over the rainbow.