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The House of Tomorrow Hardcover – March 4, 2010
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Parentless at a young age, Sebastian lives with his aging grandmother who homeschools him on the teachings of dead philosopher-architect Buckminster Fuller. Sebastian's grandmother has grand plans for him, somewhat new-age (though she hates the word) worldly plans. And her teachings and stories are all he's ever known. When his grandmother has a stoke while giving a tour of their dome, Jared is accompanied to the hospital by the Whitcomb family: single mother Janice, sarcastic son Jared, and icy damaged daughter Meredith. On that day, his whole world changes. When his grandmother kicks him out of the dome for having email conversations about punk-rock music with Jared, Sebastian goes to stay with the Whitcomb family. In the course of his weeks with them, he and the Whitcombs are changed and their worlds will never quite be the same.
Peter Bognanni's debut novel made me laugh more than once. The writing quality is good and appropriately simplistic, it's not trying to make you smarter, or make you feel stupid. It's trying to move you, and it will. The characters are crisp and realistic, images of them poured off the page as I read, and I can imagine this as a wonderful film.Read more ›
"The House of Tomorrow" is narrated by Sebastian, an orphaned teenager living with his new age spiritual grandmother in a geodesic dome. The pair live alone, mostly cut off from society except for giving weekly tours of their usual home, which supplement the grandmother's Social Security income. Their way of life is in peril, when Sebastian's grandmother suffers a stroke during a tour and the dysfunctional family visiting the dome take Sebastian into their care.
Bognanni creates wonderful, rich characters that manage to feel very real, despite their rather unusual circumstances. In particular, Sebastian is a sweet boy, desperate to make friends and find a place for himself in a world that is constantly shifting around him. This is a story about family, friendship, faith and love. A story about finding a place to belong.
I throughly enjoyed both the story and Boganni's writing style. It's quirky and unique. I couldn't put it down and despite being on vacation in Europe for the first time, found myself wanting to stay in and finish the book!
I highly recommend "The House of Tomorrow" and look forward to Bognanni's future novels.
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It's a great read, especially for fans of YA literature.
I really loved this book. Every one of the characters is endearing in their own way, even if you're not supposed to empathize with them. Sebastian's interactions with the Whitcombs and Nana were at turns funny, thought-provoking and touching, and Bognanni really gave him depth beyond the fish-out-of-water storyline. Even though I had a feeling where the book would go, I never felt bored, because Bognanni's storytelling ability was really great. I was sad when I finished the book because I'd love to know what happened to all of the characters once the story ended. That, to me, is the mark of a great story.
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Such an enjoyable read!!! Well-paced with interesting, fun characters! The movie is being filmed now (Summer 2016) with Alex Wolff and Asa Butterfield in the lead roles. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Donny W
Just finished this story yesterday. Today, I am still laughing about the concert in the church. I loved the characters and the emotional understanding and the way both parents and... Read morePublished on May 23, 2014 by LaNelle
I didn't think I'd enjoy this since I am a bit older than what seems to be the target age for this, but found the writing terribly witty and empathic. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Grinster
I loved this book and don't know why I put off reading it so long. It's a brilliant story of a teen named Sebastian, living with his grandmother in a futuristic house. Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by bookmagic
Orphaned Sebastian lives with his grandmother in a geodesic dome in rural Iowa. The poor kid has been raised and educated in isolation, so it's not his fault that he talks like a... Read morePublished on October 30, 2012 by ARL
Disclaimer: I am reviewing a copy I received for free through the Vine program.
Fun story; I recommend it. Don't want to get too specific with any spoilers! Read more
i wasn't sure what to expect when i grabbed this from the (e)library. i really enjoyed reading this; i love young adult stories. Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by Michelle
Sixteen year old Sebastian Prendergast is not your typical teen. He's been an orphan since both of his parents died in a plane crash when he was just six years old. Read morePublished on October 12, 2011 by My 2 Cents
I devoured this book - the story grabbed me from the first chapter. Peter Bognanni created two underdogs to weave a beautiful tale. Read morePublished on July 23, 2011 by mich