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The Green Street Cinema has always been a sanctuary for Ethan. Maybe it's because movies help him make sense of real life, or maybe it's because the cinema is the one place he can go to still feel close to his dad, a film professor who died three years ago. Either way, it's a place worth fighting for, especially when developers threaten to tear it down to build a luxury co ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Dial Books
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Cristina Monica
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Character-driven stories rock. They really do. Because if you like the characters, you most likely end up caring about them, and if you care about them, then you care about what happens TO them and AROUND them and to the people in their lives. Even if the storyline doesn’t blow you away, you’re still having a pleasant time in the company of these people you now care about and want to make your family.

I loved Ethan. I loved him from the very beginning. He’s succinct. He’s not one to use 1000 wor
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)


This was a cute heartwarming read! I really enjoyed it! Highly recommended

Many thanks to Dial Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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I really enjoyed reading this book. This book first got my attention with its eye-catching cover and great title. After reading the book's description, I knew that I had to give this book a try and I am glad that I did. Once I started reading this book, the pages seemed to fly by and before I knew I had finished the entire book in a single morning. It really was the perfect book to lose myself in for just a little while.

Ethan loves m
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Stacee
I absolutely loved the premise of this and was so excited to read it.

I liked Ethan well enough. He’s sort of struggling and maybe a little stagnant in his life, but he was easy to root for at the start. There’s a pretty interesting set of characters here and yet at the same time, no one stood out. We didn’t get much backstory on anyone but Ethan.

Plot wise, it was sort of boring. It was a lot of trying to figure things out with a very slow build until the end. The story didn’t go in the direct
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Melanie  Brinkman
Can they find enough movie magic to save their beloved cinema?

Green Street Cinema has always been a sanctuary for Ethan. It's the one place he still feels close to his film professor father, who died. Now developers want to tear it down. Sure, it's unsound and full of health code violations, but Ethan and the rest of his fellow cinema misfits know it's worth saving. Even as they band together, Ethan knows it will take more than a miracle to give the theater its happy ending. Then Raina, Ethan's
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Robin Bonne
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
The main character, Ethan, has a passion for movies and manages an old movie theatre. His childhood best friend became a celebrity and left town, leaving him to deal with the death of his father on his own.
This book had a great message about saying goodbye, letting go, and moving on. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Dalene
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I was really excited to read this book! A book about a local theater that could close down? A book where the person running that theater is a teenage boy who loves movies? I was so excited to start it, but I wasn't into it. It's okay, but it didn't go where I thought it would. I love movies but besides a quick one liner or just a mention of a movie, that was all we got when it came to movies, and the book is supposed to be about movies. I do ...more
Kali Cole
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Movie goers and movie fanatics...BEHOLD! This novel stars our very own 17 year old Ethan, movie extraordinaire and unofficial manager of a rundown movie theater. If you choose to delve into this book there will be no disappointment! This book is an endearing tale about saving the places that you love with dashes of comedy and hints of young romance. I am not an a movie fanatic, but I do love a great book movies aside and this was definitely one of those great books that deserves more hype. This ...more
temi ★
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
characters: 4/4
pacing: 2.5/3
actual substance of the story: 5/5
romance and/or significant friendships: 3.5/4
the writing: 3/4
creativity: 2/2
world building: 3/3

23/25 | 4.6 STARS

i'll admit that the beginning of this book had me skeptical. an i'm-different rant then almost no plot? get that away from me. but the rest of the book definitely made up for that.

♫ eastbound - sobs ♫
♫ after the storm - kali uchis ♫

good stuff:

➤ so many notable quotes
➤ a lot of good advice
➤ good ending
➤ it's a fast read
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
2.5 stars?

The overall story was just alright. I felt bored at times but I enjoyed the narrator.
Joann M
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Melanie
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, 2019-reads
An adorable, fun read for any movie lovers. I loved that this had a male main character and the Green Street Cinema added so much charm to the story.
Dayla
Review first appeared on my blog as part of my Music Mondays feature here.

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Peter Bognanni and I have an emotional past. Mind you, the author himself doesn’t know that. When his novel Things I’m Seeing Without You was first out in ARC format, I was fortunate enough to receive a copy via the publisher. It just so happened that when I was nearly halfway through, my family suffered a tragic loss. If any of you have read TISWY, then
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Stacy Fetters
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
"It takes a little danger to come out on top. You have to take risks, act like it’s a matter of life and death!”

Have you ever had something in your life that meant the world to you? Something that touches your soul and you would do anything to stop something bad from happening? Ethan feels that passionately about The Green Street Theatre.

Ethan is manager of a small indie movie theatre and it’s his entire life. Him and his Dad would go there all the time and enjoy films that they couldn’t witness
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Chrissie Morrison
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even for people who don't go to church (or some other house of worship), there is often a place to which they turn for comfort and solace. For me, it's any quiet place with lots of pillows and a warm blanket.  I like to make myself a little "nest" so I can cozy up to refresh my body and mind. My husband recharges his spirit by spending time in nature; most often, the Adirondack Mountains.  In this story, the Green Street Cinema is like church to Ethan.  Up until his father died, three years prio ...more
Kate
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was great! I loved the main characters and the quirky supporting cast. It will especially appeal to movie and A/V nerds, and I was one of these in high school and college, so it was a perfect match!

While there is a (maybe?) romance, it is not a mushy love story. And there isn't a clear-cut ending, so some readers may be disappointed there.

Ethan is the main character, a kid who graduated early (after the death of his father), and works as the manager of the art house movie theater wher
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JoLee
Featured in "Reading on a Theme: Movie Magic" on Intellectual Recreation.

Green Street Cinema is Ethan's home. It's where he went to deal with the pain of his dad's death and where his dad's memory is most alive. Ethan's basically running the place these days, which is why it's up to him to save the cinema when they get an eviction notice.

Ethan is a sympathetic character, and the book is also populated with a very fun cast of side characters. The employees of Green Street Cinema are super quirk
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Stephanie
I loved this book! I devoured this in a weekend and I laughed out loud while I did it. This is a book for film buffs. From the very beginning there are references to and quotes from classic films like Back to the Future, Gladiator, Rebel Without a Cause, and Citizen Kane. Many directors and their unique styles are referenced and applauded.

Our main character, Ethan, is the teenage manager of a campus independent movie theater in danger of closing due to overwhelming debt and hazardous conditions
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Sophie
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a pleasant surprise! I loved, loved, loved the voice in this novel. It was witty and endearing, and made me want to sit down and eat a bucket of movie popcorn! It was an absolutely fantastic read.
Harriet Smith
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Great movie references, but ....
Yvonne Olson
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure why I seem to have this problem, but I swear every YA contemporary I reasd reminds me so much of a YA contemporary I just read. This one wasn't as similar as some of the others I've dealt with, but I was constantly reminded of Rayne and Delilah's Midnight Matinee.

They have similar tropes and characters that have similar thoughts.

Either way, I really enjoyed this title. I just wish I could stop comparing things.
Lindsey
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
This fell so flat for me. I’m so disappointed.
Laura
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable, sweet read with a wonderful cast of characters. Definitely a High Fidelity vibe that I loved.
Lauren
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Okay. Not my favorite but mainly because I didn’t understand most of the classic movie references. It was well done and had some good moments. Just not for me.
Shelby
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was a wonderful coming of age story about realizing the people and experiences that make you, not necessarily the material things. It spoke a great message and it came across very well. I really liked Ethan, our main character, and we get a good look into his personality in the short time we follow his life in this book. I also loved the movie references and terms throughout, and I thought they made this a “love letter to film” of sorts. I liked Raina, our love int ...more
Brianna Westervelt
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Yes, I really read this book in one day. Once I started reading it, I neglected everything else in my life. Well, okay, I did take time out to go to the gym and the grocery store, and watch a movie, but I was thinking about this book the whole time I wasn't reading it! If that's not an endorsement, then I don't know what is.

P.S. Sweet Lou is the best octogenarian you will ever encounter in a YA novel. That is all.
Lex
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed Peter Bognanni’s previous book, Things I'm Seeing Without You and it’s ultimately why I picked up this book in the first place. They’re completely different but similar in the way that Bognanni writes books that are easy to read and easy to get into. This one did take me longer to get through than I expected but it was a fun read. I also enjoyed reading the film terms that are scattered throughout the book.

Even though this book is about movies and there are references to movies
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Sammy
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway, books-i-own
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway and it was cute! It tells the story of Ethan, a movie fanatic working at an old theatre that’s at risk of being taken down. This book covers a lot of heavy topics including death, self destiny, and the acceptance of life - but it’s not wrong. The author examines these topics in a realistic way that most would understand/appreciate. His portrayal of Ethan and his friends/coworkers begs the question of what identifies us, which is something everyone deals ...more
Mel from The Book Chronicles
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
a sweet and beautiful contemporary book and coming of age story .
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