Peter Bognanni explores loss with heart and humor in THINGS I’M SEEING WITHOUT YOU!
Penguin Teen stormed BookCon last weekend with five game-changer authors, all of whom have major YA releases coming this fall.
We were lucky enough to sit down with each of the authors as part of a roundtable event and discuss their books, their inspirations, and their writing processes.
Our first interview is with Peter Bognanni, whose YA debut Things I’m Seeing Without You hits shelves on October 3, 2017. The novel follows Tessa Fowler, a teen who has her world turned upside down after the boy she loves kills himself unexpectedly. After dropping out of school, Tessa finds a surprise sense of purpose in helping her father run his “alternative funeral business”. Bognanni chatted with us about how Things I’m Seeing Without You will affect readers, social media relationships, exploring death rituals, and the humorous side of the novel.
Stay tuned as we present even more game-changer interviews today and tomorrow. We’ll also have plenty of fun coverage on all of these titles a little closer to their release, so be on the lookout for that!
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.