From Book to Screen: Check out Palo Alto in cinemas now

Adapted from James Franco’s collection of linked short stories, Palo Alto is playing in selected cinemas at the moment. Unlike the stream of book to screen adaptions about teenage life, Gia Coppola’s feature debut is a much more low key release, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth seeing, and its excellent reviews certainly back this up. If you are looking for your next book to screen adaption, then check to see if Palo Alto is screening in your area and head along to check it out.


Shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts) is the class virgin -a popular soccer player and frequent babysitter for her single-dad coach, Mr. B. (James Franco). Teddy (Jack Kilmer) is an introspective artist whose best friend and sidekick Fred (Nat Wolff) is an unpredictable live wire with few filters or boundaries. While April negotiates a dangerous affair with Mr. B., and Teddy performs community service for a DUI – secretly carrying a torch for April, who may or may not share his affection – Fred seduces Emily (Zoe Levin), a promiscuous loner who seeks validation through sexual encounters. One high school party bleeds into another as April and Teddy finally acknowledge their mutual affection, and Fred’s escalating recklessness spirals into chaos.



James Franco’s Palo Alto is a short story collection where each of the stories are linked with one another. It follows a group of self-destructive teens and paints a disturbing portrait of life on the cusp of adulthood.

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JJ is a writer by night, & a Product Manager by day. She loves young adult and children’s fiction and is the co-founder of NZ Booklovers. She has a Masters in Creative Writing, and is an ex-English tutor. She lives in Auckland with her husband, daughter, and two chihuahuas.

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