Book of the month – When Everything Feels Like The Movies by Raziel Reid

It’s freezing February! Thankfully it’s almost over.

Canada Reads final 5

Let’s see… what’s happened lately? Well, we voted on our favourite books of 2014, so you can check that out.

We got super excited about To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee releasing a new novel. 

Our Kindle lovers are pumped about Kindle Unlimited coming to Canada (this almost makes me want a Kindle… almost.

And that’s about it. Basically, we’re been freezing our butts off in Ottawa and dreaming of spring. Or just any temperature above -10 degrees Celsius.

I realize the month if almost over, but our February book (chosen by yours truly) is When Everything Feels Like The Movies by Canadian author Raziel Reid. The book won the young adult Governor General’s award for literature in 2014 and was just named one of CBC Canada Read’s 2015 books, to be defended by our friend at The Social Lainey Lui.

It’s short (170 pages) and super controversial because of its very graphic language. It’s based on a true story – here’s an excerpt from this National Post story describing the basis for Reid’s novel:

On February 11, 2008, a 15-year-old boy asked another boy to be his valentine. The next day his crush, 14-year-old Brandon McInerney, came to class and shot him, twice, in the head, at point blank range. Larry Fobes King started wearing make-up in the eighth grade. High heels, too. He never made it out of junior high. His killer graduated while in prison, where he is serving a 21-year sentence.

Yup, that actually happened. And that’s what Reid’s novel is based on. We should also mention that, at 24, he’s the youngest author ever to win a GG award, which is pretty cool. Sadly, there is a petition going around demanding for his award to be rescinded because some Canadian authors feel the novel’s content is inappropriate for the “children’s lit” audience. The Canada Council for the Arts has refused, predictably.

It’s a juicy one! Check back for the review in the coming month.


About Julia Kent

Julia is an outgoing and energetic writer and food blogger from Halifax. Five years ago, Julia started The Unputdownable Book Club and her food blog, The Domestic Blonde. A graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program, Julia currently works in Ottawa in public relations. As a former broadcast journalist and with a background in musical theatre, she is a natural presenter. In her free time, she recipe-tests, reads, runs, hosts a podcast called Young PR Pros, watches bad television and plays competitive soccer. She’s addicted to Canadian Living and Chapters Indigo. Her favourite books include A Thousand Splendid Suns, Pride & Prejudice and The Book of Negroes. Twitter: @kentjulia
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