Last Night at the Circle Cinema

Author:  Emily Franklin         last night
Publisher: Carolhoda Lab
Genre: Young Adult
Source: BEA



Goodreads:  Olivia, Bertucci, and Codman were the trio no one else in high school could quite figure out, an impenetrable triangle of friendship. Now they’re graduating and about to start new lives away at college and without one another. Beyond their friendship, there’s one thing they have in common: the Circle Cinema, a once-thriving old movie theater now reduced to a boarded up concrete box, condemned and about to be forgotten forever―which is, as far as Olivia and Codman can tell, a lot like what’s going to happen to them.

So in one last desperate effort to hold on to the secrets they share, Bertucci hatches a plan―an experiment, really. He convinces Olivia and Codman to join him in spending their last night before graduation locked inside the cinema’s concrete walls. None of them can open the box before sunrise. Over the course of the night, the trio is then forced to face one another, the events of the past year, and whatever is to come when the new day dawns.

Emily Franklin’s Last Night at the Circle Cinema is the story of a friendship’s end and moving rebirth.

Ope’s Opinion:  This was a much darker book then I usually read.  I was glad it was a short one.  I liked seeing the story from different points of view. I also liked going back in time to learn more details about the characters.

I didn’t care for the language in this book.  Although I suspect it is probably how these teens talk to each other, I didn’t enjoy it.

Maybe I was a bit on the slow uptake, but I did not see the ending very far in advance.  I was actually kind of disappointed ( can’t say more without giving it away ).

I suppose if you are looking for an October read, this one might fit the bill.

Rating: 3 – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.

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