- Author Bio
In this enormously funny, smart, and moving contemporary YA novel, fighting for the thing you love doesn’t always turn out like in the movies.
“Hilarious, big-hearted, poignant…An unadulterated triumph.”—Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King
Movies have always helped Ethan Ashby make sense of the world. So when developers swoop in and say the classic Green Street Cinema is going to be destroyed to make room for luxury condos, Ethan is ready for battle. And so a motley crew of cinema employees comes together to save the place they love:
There’s Sweet Lou, the elderly organist with a penchant for not-so-sweet language; Anjo, the too-cool projectionist; Griffin and Lucas who work concessions, if they work at all; and Ethan, their manager (who can barely manage his own life). Still, it’s going to take a movie miracle for the Green Street to have a happy ending. And when Raina Allen, Ethan’s oldest friend (and possible soul mate?), comes back to town after working in Hollywood—cue lights and music—it seems that miracle may have been delivered. But life and love aren’t always like in the movies.
This Book is Not Yet Rated is about growing up, letting go, and realizing love hides in plain view—in the places that shape us, the people who raise us, the first loves who leave us, and the lives that fade in and fade out all around us.
“A beautifully written look at first love and first loss.”—Julie Buxbaum, author of What to Say Next
“Film aficionados and fans of John Green will especially like this one.” —Booklist, starred review
“It pulls you in, holds you…A funny and moving winner.”—Adi Alsaid, author of Never Always Sometimes
“I cannot get over how much I love this book.”—Jared Reck, author of A Short History of the Girl Next Door
“[A] sweet love story with a quest at its heart.”—PW
“Reel[s] you in…Absorbing…quirky and fun.”—VOYA
Funny, poignant, and oh-so-readable: Bognanni’s particular mix of humor, heartbreak, and movie trivia makes This Book Is Not Yet Rated a perfect read for fans of Nick Horny and David Arnold.
Reads like your favorite indie movie: With its eccentric multi-generational cast of characters coming together to fight for what they believe in and the will-they-or-won’t-they love story, This Book Is Not Yet Rated delivers just what you need when you reach for your favorite indie movie.
Relatable coming-of-age: First love, immense loss, and the rootlessness of not yet knowing where you belong are perfectly captured with nuance and honesty.
Acclaimed author: Peter Bognanni’s debut adult novel, The House of Tomorrow, was an Alex Award winner, an LA Times Book Prize winner, and was made into an indie film. His debut YA novel, Things I’m Seeing Without You, was called “hilarious and affecting” and drew comparisons to Nicola Yoon.
Marketing: National media campaign
Extensive online promotion and social media outreach
Promotion at select consumer festivals
Extensive blogger outreach
Promotion at national school and library conferences
Librarian and educator outreach
Praise for Things I’m Seeing Without You:
“Required reading for anyone who’s ever loved or lost someone…but especially both.”—John Corey Whaley, National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Award
“Bognanni nails the messiness of grief…The book will satisfy readers of realistic fiction with its dark humor, optimistic outcome, and thoughtful exploration of grief and family dynamics.”—School Library Journal
“A compelling mix of romance and soul-searching, this will be a draw for fans of Nicola Yoon.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“An original, well-told story that ties together strands of love, loss, and coming of age. Readers will not want to put down this sometimes hilarious, always affecting novel.”—VOYA