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Last Night at the Circle Cinema

3.15  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Olivia, Bertucci, and Codman were the trio no one else in high school could quite figure out, an impenetrable triangle of friendship. Now they're graduating and about to start new lives away at college and without one another. Beyond their friendship, there's one thing they have in common: the Circle Cinema, a once-thriving old movie theater now reduced to a boarded up con ...more
Hardcover, 193 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Carolrhoda Lab
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Amy Neftzger
May 31, 2015 rated it liked it
There were some things that I really loved about this book - it's a contemporary story filled with characters who are fun to read about because they're full of cleverness, snarky attitude, and creativity. However, amid the playfulness there's also an underlying darkness that naturally follows the rough teenage years as children transition into adulthood, and there's always the possibility that the ending won't be happy - which creates plot tension.

If you decide to read this book, I highly recomm
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This review is based on a digital ARC. Thank you to Lerner Publishing Group and NetGalley for giving me a chance to review this book!

When Codman and Livvy show up to the condemned Circle Cinema, they have no idea what planner-prankster-pusher Bertucci has in store for them. They wander through the dark maze of the movie theater’s forgotten rooms and corridors, rediscovering memories and redefining moments of their friendship. And tomorrow, when graduation rolls around, will they finally be able
Actual rating: 2.5 stars
May 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy to review. Review will be up on my blog soon;
Emma (Miss Print)
May 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bea
Olivia, Bertucci and Codman have been a solid trio throughout high school. Best friends who never had much time for other people, the three are now facing the end of high school and the moment when their lives will diverge.

In a last attempt to keep their bonds strong, Bertucci plans one last escapade the night before graduation. The three will spend the night in the recently boarded up Circle Cinema.

The decrepit movie theater was site to many late night movies and bonding. It will also be their
Yukari Watanabe/渡辺由佳里
I wish I read this book when I was younger. It would've been a different experience.

3.5 stars.
Józef Maderski
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At first, when I read this book I thought that it wasn’t going to be my type of book. But in the last 20 pages I was completely blown away.

When I started reading, the book was rather slow-paced. In which, it made the book slightly less enjoyable, but I see the reason why it had to be slow-paced. The events of the novel took place all in one night, hence the title, and even though sixty percent of novel had to be flashbacks, it was made so that it could provide depth to the novel.

Another thing th
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
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This was simply not my cup of tea. I think some people love it. Just not I.
May 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
well, that tried too hard to be All the Bright Places

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Aug 31, 2015 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to tell you straight up that at 65%, I was already making plans to give myself an award for actually getting all the way through this book. I'm not afraid to say that at that point it made me feel dumber than I know I am, and I thought it was a little pretentious. The premise warns readers that the three characters are an indecipherable triangle that no one in their high school can understand or penetr ...more
Kirsten Feldman
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
4 for concept, 3 for execution. The setting, a character unto itself, and the set-up were terrific; my problem was that the main characters weren't distinct enough for me to know whose chapter I was reading without frequent return to the chapter headings to check. Three anxious, horny, navel-gazing teens stuck overnight in an eerie abandoned movie house chock full of memories and kitsch? Brilliant. Three teens I couldn't always tell apart? Less so. Still, I read everything Franklin writes becaus ...more
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
What drew me to this book was the writing style. I find the writing to have a realistic tone to it, which fits the dark atmosphere of the condemned cinema and the main characters discussions involving psychology and philosophy. Though, it could be viewed as pretentious at times with the main characters always getting pulled into their memories where they felt something different or said something great when I the reader felt nothing different or great. This actually made reading the book confusi ...more
Nina O'Daniels
Codman, Olivia, and Bertuucci are three friends in high school and on the eve of graduation have all promised to spend one last night together at the Circle Cinema. The cinema has been out of business for a while, so sneaking in and staying the night shouldn't be a problem, maybe just a little creepy. The planner of the group, Bertucci, has everything ready to go for them but Olivia and Codman don't seem thrilled with the idea and it isn't until farther into the story that their trepidation make ...more
Maria Pinto
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful story. The book captures the theatricality of being in a tight-knit circle of friends at that age so well--I could see my late teenage exploits in everything Bertucci, Codman and Livvy did. Their three different voices rang out clear and true with that hormonal longing to feel one's feelings and sublimate them all at once. All the tension and horror and confusion of leaving one stage of life for the next, stepping over that precipice; it's all here in the pages. The complexities ...more
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Novel with quite surprise end . It is really a good read that will make you laugh and cry. The characters are likeable and smart and funny.

Three friends are meeting for the last time in the Circle cinema, which is out of business at this point, to spend last time together before graduation. Three friends: Bertucci, Livvy and Codman are trio that does everything together. At least they used to. There used to be unseparated trio.

On this last day before graduation we learn from each character what
Jun 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: bea-2015
This was a much darker book then I usually read. I was glad it was a short one. I liked seeing the story from different points of view. I also liked going back in time to learn more details about the characters.

I didn't care for the language in this book. Although I suspect it is probably how these teens talk to each other, I didn't enjoy it.

Maybe I was a bit on the slow uptake, but I did not see the ending very far in advance. I was actually kind of disappointed ( can't say more without giving
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
A surprisingly enjoyable novel with a twist. Akin to Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Boys series, but without magic, Franklin's novel is the story about friends and the importance of growing up. A true coming of age novel, wrapped in a mystery that isn't revealed until the end (though an astute reader will pick up clues along the way). The writing is good, the characters are interesting, and the care with which Franklin has created her world is obvious. Recommended to more literary teens who want some ...more
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bea15, young-adult
3.5 stars, 10th&up
Olivia, Codman, and Bertucci know that the night before their high school graduation marks the end of what used to be and the beginning of the unknown. To celebrate (or mourn) this inevitable change, the three friends agree to break into a derelict local movie theatre to spend one last night together- a night filled with tricks, truths, and painful revelations.
Franklin has created a layered and thoughtful story with a clever twist that begs readers for a second look.

This n
Becky Price
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bea15
Absolutely beautiful! Last Night at the Circle Cinema was extremely well done, and I never saw the ending coming. I was so frustrated at first, because I couldn't understand why we just kept reminiscing about the past. I mean, they are seniors who are about to go their separate ways, but it was still a bit much. On the other hand, it was the only way to truly get to know the characters, because the entire book takes place in the span of 8 hours. Now, I know the reason for spending the night at t ...more
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I loved the mystery surrounding it. I loved the characters and I loved the setting. At first it felt a little disconnected to me, but as the story progressed things started coming together and it ended up so perfectly. I suspected the ending but not enough that I was bored. There were times I was genuinely a little afraid for the characters, but over all it's just a very cool exploration of a friendship and how relationships change as well as how we deal with major change in o ...more
Kathy Mescher
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
I had a difficult time reading this book in the beginning because it felt like it kept jumping around too much causing confusion, but once I figured out how the author wrote the book it started making sense to me. I was not a big fan of the book, but Emily Franklin wrote the book well. I certainly didn't expect the story to end how it did...almost as if reading one story and then at the end of the story, it throws you for a loop.
Laura Youngstrum
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
It kept me interested enough to finish it in one sitting, but I kept waiting and waiting for the plot to happen and for the inner dialogues to finish. I guessed the plot "twist" way early on in the novel, and because of that, I felt like parts of it were disjointed and contradictory of other parts that didn't match up. However, if I was 15, I would have loved this, so I can definitely see the appeal to teens.
Jul 07, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the type of book I should love - creepy abandoned building, teen angst. I didn't love it...and I am not sure why. It felt like the telling was a bit tedious, switching among three voices continually. I wasn't really enthralled with the tangled friendship. I wasn't really shocked at the ending, just peeved that it wasn't revealed sooner.

Three seniors spend their last night before graduation in a disused movie theater, reflecting on their friendship and their futures. Despite some significant flaws, this has an intriguing premise and appealing characters. See my full review here.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Olivia, Codman and Bertucci are high school best friends. Their time in school is quickly coming to an end. The night before they don caps and gowns, Bertucci has planned an unforgettable night at an old, abandoned local movie theater. There they will reminisce about their time together and learn new things about each other. Will this be the end of their friendly threesome?
Mary Ann
Dec 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I must admit I thought I knew where the book was headed but boy was I wrong. I do enjoy a book with a good surprise and twist at the end. Though I don't always enjoy the shift from character to character point of view, it works for this novel.
Heather Brown
Jul 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Depressing. Well-written, but depressing. Not at all my cup of tea.
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2015
Really good- moody, melancholy, but also sweet and witty. I loved the dynamic between the trio of Bertucci, Codman and Livvy, how wrapped up they were with each other.
rated it it was amazing
Sep 12, 2016
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Growing up, Emily Franklin wanted to be “a singing, tap-dancing doctor who writes books.”

Having learned early on that she has little to no dancing ability, she left the tap world behind, studied at Oxford University, and received an undergraduate degree concentrating in writing and neuroscience from Sarah Lawrence College. Though she gave serious thought to a career in medicine, eventually that ca