I had read an interview where Raziel Reid said that he was inspired to write When Everything Feels Like the Movies after watching an episode of The Ellen Degeneres Show. He was moved when Ellen spoke about a young boy who had been killed for being gay. Knowing this, I found some parts of the novel to be too literal of a translation of the events that Ellen referred to for my liking. I was expecting a more creative interpretation of the problems faced by LGBT youth.
There are other YA LGBT novels that I have read that I preferred to When Everything Feels Like the Movies. Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan comes to mind. I found the characters and the storyline between them to be more complex, where I wasn't surprised by anything that I read in Everything.
Food for thought... is there a book that you read because of the controversy surrounding it? Tell me about it!