February 20, 2018 – Smutty Shout-Outs

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 20, 2018 14:28:42 February 20, 2018 14:28:42

Three years ago, I championed Raziel Reid’s book, When Everything Feels Like The Movies, on Canada Reads. Canada Reads is an annual book throwdown on CBC to determine, through debate, which book best exemplifies the theme of the show that year. I came in second but I feel like I still won because I came to know Raziel and his work, his talent, and his contribution to queer teen fiction. 

As you know, I’ve been yelling at you for years about Young Adult literature, that it deserves to be taken seriously. GQ just published a great piece the other day by Alim Kheraj about the value of YA, specifically about queer YA, positing that “the bright future of queer literature is the young adult novel”. Raziel Reid is one of the brightest writers of the queer lit.  

Raziel’s new book, Kens, will be released September 18th by Penguin Random House Canada @PenguinTeenCA. Kens is a “queer take on Heathers” about the three Kens of Willows High who rule the school and social media and Tommy Rawlins who wants so desperately to be accepted by the Kens that he’s willing to make the transformation. This is a story of identity and acceptance and, like all of Raziel’s work, it’s funny and provocative and deeply disturbing… because don’t we all wear masks? Don’t we all borrow faces? What happens when we can’t take them off and what happens when we forget who we are? 

It’s my honour to reveal the cover of Raziel Reid’s Kens. For more on Raziel, visit his website here. And he can be reached on Twitter here


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