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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  45 reviews
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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Lola
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)
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-physical


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)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

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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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
Kiki 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
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
2.5 stars?

The overall story was just alright. I felt bored at times but I enjoyed the narrator.
Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
I really enjoyed Bognanni’s other novel, Things I’m Seeing Without You. He really seems to have the ability to tackle tough topics, yet keep an element of humour in his writing. I look forward to reading this coming-of-age story in the spring.
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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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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Harriet Smith
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Great movie references, but ....
Lindsey
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
This fell so flat for me. I’m so disappointed.
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.
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.
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
Sherry
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I love this book.

The plot centers around the attempts of the narrator, Ethan, to save a decaying independent movie theater from demolition, but the story is more about the death of Ethan’s father and his inability to come to terms with his loss. That’s the reason the theater is so important to Ethan. It’s a place where the two of them shared their love of films, and losing the theater seems like losing his father all over again. But the theater closing may be a blessing in disguise, because
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Meghan
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from PENGUIN GROUP Penguin Young Readers Group - Dial Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I was super excited to read this book from the description especially since fans of John Green will appreciate this book, so this book will definitely fit for all nerd-fighters everywhere. I must say this book delivered on that. We have a movie geek that wishes life was like the movies, a supporting cas
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Jenee Rager
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a cute book. Thank you goodreads for the chance to read an advance copy of it, it was right up my alley.

Ethan is a 17 year old boy, who spends almost all of his time working at the decrepit Green Street movie theater, or holed up in his bedroom watching movies. He made a pact to watch at least one a day, and at the start of the book hasn't missed a day in years.

Unfortunately for Ethan and his random cast of misfit coworkers the college that owns the Green Street is determined to close it d
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Norees
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating 3.5/5 Stars

I received an ARC of this book from Penguin Random House Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review. First, I should say that this is not my typical genre of book and so I didn’t really know how I would like it going in. That being said, I did actually enjoy this book quite a bit! being a huge movie nerd myself, I really related to Ethan’s point of view, and his mission to save the movie theatre he felt so connected to. There were movie references galore and so many f
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Jenn Conwell
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
As soon as I started reading this book, I got immediate “Empire Records” vibes! I felt like that fit perfectly, considering it’s a book about movies in the first place. It has the same type of camaraderie between employees and the fight for saving the institution. I loved the characters in this book because they were all different ages, coming from different backgrounds, and each had their own quirkiness to them. I will say, the relationship between Raina and Ethan really brought me down. I real ...more
Mark
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I got this as an advance reading copy, and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
Ethan is the teenage manager of a run down theater on a University campus in Minneapolis showing classic, and some not-so-classic films, that only brings in a dedicated group of cinephiles.
When the University decides to tear it down, he must rally his odd ball staff to help him save it.
Throw into the mix Ethan's love of a former classmate turned actress, and the death of his father, a professor of fil
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Tara Weiss
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Movie books are tough, but this one gets it right. Chapter headings start with cinematic terms that help to navigate into the heart of the matter. The Green Street Theater, a movie house that shows classic films on a projector (how cool is that??) is in danger of being shut down. And it is in disrepair. But the seventeen-year-old managing the place, affectionately called Wendy but really named Ethan, is willing to fight for the place he loves. He's known loss; his film professor father and best ...more
Kelly Tarr
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
The plot of this book reminded me of one of my favorite movies (Empire Records), where a cast of crazy characters tries to save their beloved but quirky workplace. Ethan has become the defacto manager of the Green Street Cinema, and its band of misfits. When the neighboring university (which officially owns the theater) decides to evict them and tear it down, the employees decide to fight back. Adding to the story are the return of Ethan's long-lost childhood crush (now Hollywood star) and Ethan ...more
Samantha
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
Staci Vought
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m a sucker for these quick, quirky, simple, not-too-deep realistic fiction reads, especially after a long fantasy book. The author didn’t always make the changes in time very clear in the ARC, but perhaps that will be fixed before publication. I loved how authentic Ethan was, and I enjoyed the spirit of this book so much. This felt like an early 90’s movie in book form- it was a bit poignant, and very enjoyable. I got to the last page of my e-book, though, and didn’t realize it was done. I tho ...more
Mel
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Enjoyed this story about Ethan, a 17 year old teenager who has had some tragic events in his life. After his fathers sudden death he throws himself into his job at the local movie theater. With a motley crew of characters surrounding him he fights to save the theater from destruction. With time running out the group tries to come up with a way to save it, but in the end it's life's lessons learned. Sometimes even when you lose something you gain so much more in experience. Great read and emotion ...more
Suzy
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I really liked the characters in this book and wanted them to win in the battle with saving the theater but I wasn't sure it was really possible. I think many teens can relate to this book, as struggling to find your path in life. Our main character Ethan was experiencing loss and also the rekindling of an old friendship, that he really wanted to be more.
A very relate-able teen book, with a great setting.
Mortisha Cassavetes
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
I really enjoyed this book. I will say that some things were predictable but I didn't mind it at all. The story follows Ethan, a young teen that is going through some hardships of losing his father and now the city is condemning the Green Street theater where he not only works but has lots of memories of his father there so now Ethan and his friends must figure out a way to stop the demolition. I don't want to go into the story more as to not spoil it but I do recommend this book.
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