Author: Peter Bognanni
Amount of Pages: 368
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books
Release Date: March 4, 2010
Geared Towards: Older Teens
From: Publisher (ARC)
"I still had my pen in my pocket and I took it out and wrote a single question. I wrote : 'Please, what is my path?' Then I folded it in even fourths and tucked it in my breast pocket, where it hovered over my wildly beating heart."
Summary (From B.O.B): On the outskirts of a small town in Iowa, Sebastian Prendergast lives in a geodesic dome with his eccentric grandmother, who has spent the last eleven years homeschooling him on the teachings of the futurist philosopher Buckminster R. Fuller. But when his grandmother has a stroke, Sebastian is forced to leave the dome and make his own way. He soon discovers punk music, the exquisite torture of first love, and the fact that every family has its secrets.
Funny, heartwarming, and wholly original, The House of Tomorrow is the story of a young man's self-discovery, a dying woman's last wish, and a band of misfits trying desperately to be heard.
Wdebo's Review: When I first started this book I don't think I would have ever guessed that I was going to say this but...I loved this book! The writing was very addictive, even though in the beginning I was a bit cautious at first, but after a bit I was hooked. It was a very engaging book, the voice was fresh and delicious, just such a great new voice to read. I haven't read a book by a guy in a while so the edgyness yet heart in Bognanni's writing was very much apreciated.
I loved how this book became whole from all of the imperfections of all of the charcters, Sebastian's sheltered and naive personality, Jared, the boy that Sebastian meets, his f-u attitude, and Meridith, Jared's sister and Sebastian's love interest, her emptiness and need to be loved. It was hard not to like a least one small part of all of the characters, all of them grow on you in a way only good books can do.
I absolutely adored Sebastian, there was just something about his sheltered and innoncence that made him just such a great character. I loved how he used words most people don't say, and he was confused how Jared always made fun of his speech. I thought the romance between Sebastian and Meridith was well done, it was there, but not too strong to consume the whole book, but not too light, to be overlooked.
Cafe Cover Chat: The heart is...interesting...not really the cover I would pick up, but it's...interesting. (B)
All in all, a very well written debut novel by Peter Bognanni that everyone should go and read and will hopefully enjoy.