Small Review of Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni (physical arc)




Summary from Goodreads:

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.


My thoughts:

I really liked the writing in this book.  It was a quick read, but emotional at times.  Tess met Jonah at a party.  Even though they never saw each other again, they kept in touch online, talking a lot about their feelings for each other.  Tess felt like she loved him. Then one day Jonah takes his own life and Tess falls apart.  She leaves school and goes to her dad’s house.  Tess’ dad is a bit of a flake.  He’s not good with money or consistent work. This time around, he’s doing non traditional funerals for animals, but also wants to have them for people.

Tess starts to help her dad with these when she finds out a secret about Jonah’s messages that changes everything.

Most of the book is Tess trying to deal with her emotions with Jonah’s death, her own life, and her relationship with her father. There is humor mixed in to make things a bit lighter at times.

My favorite parts of the book were with Tess and her dad.  I wanted more of that during the book.

Overall, this was a good read.  I gave it 3  1/2 stars (rounded up to 4).  I received a copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads giveaways.


Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Dial Books



Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

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