This Book Is Not Yet Rated by Peter Bognanni | ARC Review

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Pages: 336
Publication: Dial Books
Release date: April 9, 2019
How I got the copy: Penguin Random House Canada for Young Readers
Rating: 3/5

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 of movies I never felt lost while reading This Book Is Not Yet Rated. It’s a cute story about a boy, Ethan, that’s undecided on what to do with his life. He’s been working at the independent cinema, Green Street cinema, that he’s been going to since he was a child with his father, his father being a film professor but died a few years back.

Movies have always helped Ethan cope through hard times so when developers tell Ethan that they’re closing the cinema due to lack of interest and the fact that the building is falling apart he decides they have to fight for the cinema, they being the rest of the cinema crew of mix matched odd balls (and I say that with affection, the most interesting people are odd).

Ethan’s struggling to cope with one of his only friends, Raina, ghosting him once she left for LA to film a movie. So, once Ethan hears Raina is back in town after having a hard time in LA as best friends do, they forgive each other and start to unravel the past and what the future could mean for themselves and together.

I love going to the movies, I love watching movies period, which is one of the things that intrigued me to the book. This Book Is Not Yet Rated about coming-of-age and letting go.


*A copy of this book was provided by Penguin Random House Canada for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review*