Ethan has had a tough few years since his dad passed away, but he feels closest to him when working at the old movie theater in town. His dad was a film professor, whose films were often shown at this old cinema. Due to a crumbling and unsound building, the theater is en route to be closed down and demolished. It's up to the employees including Ethan, Sweet Lou, Anjo, Griffin, and Lucas (aka the Lost Boys) to save the place they love and call a sanctuary.
Luna Chang is the main character and only the best is expected of her from her parents. She doesn't like the fact that she can't really decide on her own future but must follow what her parents want of her. Enter Hunter Yee, the new student in school who has disappointed his own family tremendously. However, the two families collide and do not get along. Luna and Hunter decide to defy this and end up falling for each other.
Mattie must find her body before being banished to the Badlands, and Nate is the only one who can help her. Despite being a ghost, she is able to be seen by Nate, who is persuaded when Maddie keeps ripping her own skin off to scare him. Once she gets Nate on her side, she knows they will find her body soon. With some help along the way, all while avoiding Mattie's axe-wielding ghost Pa, Nate and Mattie race against the clock to get her the peace that she is searching for.
Riley is the main character of the novel and lives in a town where each person plays a role in a novel. There is a 'reader world' where authors will write their books and use these literary tropes to fill in characters as they write. Riley is supposed to represent the quintessential 'dream girl', except he is a boy and doesn't enjoy his job as a literary trope. This lands him in group therapy where he meets his love interest, another pixie dream girl, named Zelda.