Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Review: Things I'm Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni

Title: Things I'm Seeing Without You
Author: Peter Bognanni
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Dial Books
Source: Borrowed
Format: Hardback
Age Group: Young Adult 
Genre: Contemporary 

Seventeen-year-old Tess Fowler has just dropped out of high school. She can barely function after learning of Jonah’s death. Jonah, the boy she’d traded banter with over texts and heartfelt e-mails.Jonah, the first boy she'd told she loved and the first boy to say it back.  Jonah, the boy whose suicide she never saw coming. Tess continues to write to Jonah, as a way of processing her grief and confusion. But for now she finds solace in perhaps the unlikeliest of ways: by helping her father with his new alternative funeral business, where his biggest client is . . . a prized racehorse?As Tess’s involvement in her father’s business grows, both find comfort in the clients they serve and in each other. But love, loss, and life are so much more complicated than Tess ever thought. Especially after she receives a message that turns her life upside down.

This is a book that I have had my eye on for quite some while but I kept pushing it off. Well jump forward six months later and here I am finally reading it. The book has an interesting premise that I wanted to connect with but could never fully latch onto. 

Delving into a story following high school drop out, Tess, who learns that a boy she has fallen in love with has just died, we go on an adventure that involves a father with a interesting funeral business and a message that will change her life. 

The characters were interesting for me. They didn't seem like your typical run of the mill students. At least none that I have run into. And that is not necessarily a bad thing but also trying to make that deeper connection was a little difficult. Tess and Jonah seemed to be having this wonderful long distance relationship until Jonah takes his life making Tess wonder if everything going on with Jonah was him just putting on a mask to hide everything that was going on. 

I found it interesting how the author used, in sort of way, Tess's fathers work to king of give another perspective on what Tess was going through in that sense. As people we handle death differently from one another and for Tess this allowed her to really give her that time she needed to deal with a person she cared deeply for's passing. 

Overall this was story that can have a deep connection with someone but for me it wasn't there. Although, I encourage you to check out Peter's work and go on this adventure that brings a new light to the way we say goodbye. 

I give this book 3 souls 

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