This Book is Not Yet Rated, Peter Bognanni

This Book is Not Yet Rated, Peter Bognanni

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This Book Is Not Yet Rated by Peter Bognanni has a whimsical cover, and the concept of this contemporary sounds really enjoyable. 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.

This Book is NOt Yet Rated by Peter Bognanni

This Book Is Not Yet Rated by Peter BognanniTitle: This Book is Not Yet Rated
Author: Peter Bognanni
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: April 29, 2019

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 condos.

They say it's structurally unsound and riddled with health code violations. They clearly don't understand that the crumbling columns and even Brando, the giant rat with a taste for sour patch kids, are a part of the fabric of this place that holds together the misfits and the dreamers of the changing neighborhood the cinema house has served for so many years.

Now it's up to the employees of the Green Street Cinema--Sweet Lou the organist with a penchant for not-so-sweet language; Anjo the projectionist, nicknamed the Oracle for her opaque-but-always-true proclamations; Griffin and Lucas who work the concessions, if they work at all; and Ethan, known as "Wendy," the leader of these Lost Boys--to save the place they love.

It's going to take a movie miracle if the Green Street is going to have a happy ending. And when Raina, Ethan's oldest friend (and possible soul mate?), comes back home from Hollywood where she's been starring in B-movies about time-traveling cats, Ethan thinks that miracle just may have been delivered. But life and love aren't always like the movies. And when the employees of the Green Street ask what happens in the end to the Lost Boys, Ethan has to share three words he's not been ready to say.


Book Quotes: This Book is not Yet Rated

When I was fourteen, I started watching a movie a day.

Sixty-eight days of movie time. Sixty-eight days of being someone else.

About Peter Bognanni

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Peter Bognanni is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His debut novel, The House of Tomorrow, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction and the ALA Alex Award and has been adapted into a feature film. He teaches creative writing at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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20 thoughts on “This Book is Not Yet Rated, Peter Bognanni

  1. Fuzaila says:

    Lovely review! I was grabbed by the book right from the unusual title itself. Also the cover is gorgeous 😍😍😀

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