When Everything Feels Like the Movies

Finished When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid.

Summary (from Goodreads):

School is just like a film set: there’s The Crew, who make things happen, The Extras who fill the empty desks, and The Movie Stars, whom everyone wants tagged in their Facebook photos. But Jude doesn’t fit in. He’s not 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 know his name like an A-lister, he isn’t invited to the cool parties. As the director calls action, Jude is the flamer that lights the set on fire.

Before everything turns to ashes from the resulting inferno, Jude drags his best friend Angela off the casting couch and into enough melodrama to incite the paparazzi, all while trying to fend off the haters and win the heart of his favourite co-star Luke Morris. It’s a total train wreck!

But train wrecks always make the front page.”

I’m not sure how I felt about this book.  I didn’t particularly like Jude or his best friend Angela; I didn’t like “love interest” Luke; I didn’t like the setup where everything was like a movie.

(Yes, I get that it’s Jude’s defense mechanism to cope with the fact that he’s bullied every day for being gay and that if he didn’t flip it and see it as his rise to stardom, he wouldn’t be able to handle it.  I get it.)And then I reached the end…I don’t want to discuss it but wow.  Because of the setup where everything was like a movie, the ending was even more shocking and effective than it may otherwise have been.I still don’t feel comfortable recommending it—I barely liked it—but it is a powerful scene.

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