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Reality bites

Raziel Reid follows up his acclaimed debut with a scathing satire about – and for – the social-media generation



Raziel Reid experienced more drama as a result of his 2014 debut novel, When Everything Feels Like the Movies, than most writers encounter in an entire career. He was the youngest person to win the Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s literature (at 24), had the first YA novel in CBC’s Canada Reads (it came in second), saw that same book called “values-void” by a national newspaper columnist, and was the target of a petition to strip the “vulgar” and “offensive” book of its award. Looking back, the Vancouver author says what bothered him most was how he felt “oppressed by the restraints so often put on young-adult novels to serve as a moral compass, instead of existing as simply a work of art and maybe even of honesty.”

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