I just love the title for This Book is Not Yet Rated by Peter Bognanni. This is, admittedly, somewhat funny because if it weren’t for the fact that there’s a Peter Pan theme to it all, I might not have added it to my TBR. I have to say that I am fascinated to learn why Ethan is known as Wendy. All in all, the book isn’t typically my go-to. It’s a contemporary. It’s about a bunch of kids trying to save an old movie theater from being torn down to be replaced with condos. We’ve all heard, seen, and read stories like this before. But I’m excited to see where this one goes. And honestly? Thus far it sounds pretty damn great.
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.
So, how do you feel about This Book is Not Yet Rated? Do you think it’s a book that strikes you enough to want to read it? Is it the sort that you just don’t care about enough to pick up? What do you think of the Peter Pan theme? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments! Happy reading!