My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Random House Canada
Published: April 9th, 2019
Publisher: Dial Books
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Family, Film, Contemporary, Friendship, Relationships
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 words to say something. Following his train of thoughts was very easy and I could not resist his humour. If only more real life guys were like him I’d probably talk to guys more often. He and I connected, ya know? But I also liked Raina, his love-interest and best friend (and a movie star). So no competition. (Can’t compete with that anyway…)
The reason why this is a character-driven book is that not much actually happens in the story. Conversation is much more highlighted than action or scenes that lead to multiple events. In space, the story takes place at and around the little cinematic complex on Green Street called The Green Street Cinema because that’s where Ethan used to work before it was put down for demolition. Still, nothing is set in stone yet, so Ethan and his crew are trying to stop that from happening.
But at some point you realize The Green Street is a symbol, something that reminds Ethan of his late father, and Ethan needs to focus on his relationships more than on a place that, yes, has brought people together for a common love of little-known movies but that doesn’t have to be the reason for keeping those people connected to one another.
I’m curious about the author’s previous releases now. If the humour is the same, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t enjoy them.
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