Things I'm Seeing Without You

Things I'm Seeing Without You

by Peter Bognanni

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Things I'm Seeing Without You 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
YAandWine More than 1 year ago
Peter Bognanni has struck the perfect balance between levity and serious subject matter in THINGS I'M SEEING WITHOUT YOU. It is equal parts entertaining and deeply moving, and I would highly recommend this book to fans of Adam Silvera and Krystal Sutherland. As Tess Fowler is grieving the sudden and unexpected death of her boyfriend, she finds out that he isn't exactly who she always thought he was, and what she learns takes her on an unexpected journey toward figuring out the person she wants to become. Along the way, readers get to watch her not only coping with her own grief, but trying to help others cope with theirs as well. Bognanni certainly pulls no punches in this novel, and there are definitely moments where the reader will truly feel Tess's grief alongside her. At the same time, there are these wonderful moments of laughter and levity throughout that really make the book a pleasure to read. Tess is such a witty and original character. Bognanni has given her some truly wonderful, laugh-out-loud one liners, and those help diffuse some of the tension from the more serious and important topics discussed without glossing over them. Tess felt like a real person, not just a book character, and I really appreciated the life that Bognanni breathed into her. Tess's journey through her grief takes her in some very unexpected directions. And while that did make the plot feel a little disjointed at times, I do feel like it also added a sense of realness to the story as well. It made the plot seem like an analogy for the way people don't just move through the grieving process linearly. We move in any direction we're able, trying to figure out who we are after our lives are touched by tragedy. THINGS I'M SEEING WITHOUT YOU is heart-wrenching, funny, and deeply moving story. I can't wait to see more from this author in the future. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I tend to stay away from angsty books, but I was sucked in by the pretty cover and the comparison to ATBP. I liked Tess well enough. She has an interesting inner monologue and it took me some time to settle into her head space. I did enjoy the interactions between Tess and her father. The funerals are an effective way for Tess to examine what she’s going through. Plot wise, there are things happening, but not really any momentum. At times it felt like the relationship with Jonah was sort of blown out of proportion. I’m not trying to discount her feelings, but I didn’t always see that Jonah was her boyfriend when it felt so casual. I did struggle with this book in the beginning. For the first 50+ pages I wondered if the weird {and maybe sort of cringy} feeling I had was because a male author was writing a female teenager. But then Something Happens — it is referenced in the synopsis about Tess getting a message — and it was that occurrence that turned it around for me. I quickly became invested in the outcome. And yes, I know I’m being vague and that this review doesn’t make a lot of sense. I’ve typed and deleted several things over and over again. Overall, it grabbed me in a way I wasn’t expecting and I really enjoyed the journey. **Huge thanks to Dial Books for providing the arc free of charge**