u003cbu003eNow a provocative and impressive (u003ciu003eVarietyu003c/iu003e) film from director Gia Coppola (Francis Ford Coppolas granddaughter)starring Emma Roberts, James Franco, Nat Wolff, and Val Kilmerthe fiction debut from James Franco that u003ciu003eVogueu003c/iu003e called compelling and gutsy.u003c/bu003eu003cbru003eu003cbru003eJames Francos story collection traces the lives of a group of teenagers as they experiment with vices of all kinds, struggle with their families and one another, and succumb to self-destructive, often heartless nihilism. In Lockheed a young womans summerspent working a dull internshipis suddenly upended by a spectacular incident of violence at a house party. In American History a high school freshman attempts to impress a girl with a realistic portrayal of a slave owner during a classroom skitonly to have his feigned bigotry avenged. In I Could Kill Someone, a lonely teenager buys a gun with the aim of killing his high school tormentor, but begins to wonder about his bullys own inner life. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eThese spare and riveting (u003ciu003eO, The Oprah Magazineu003c/iu003e) stories are a compelling portrait of lives on the rough fringes of youth.u003ciu003e Palo Altou003c/iu003e is, a collection of beautifully written stories (u003ciu003eKirkus Reviewsu003c/iu003e, starred review) that capture with perfect pitch the impossible exhilaration, the inevitable downbeatness, and the pure confusion of being an adolescent (u003ciu003eElleu003c/iu003e).u003cbru003e u003cbru003eFeatures a bonus essay by James Franco on Gia Coppola's film adaptation.