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Penguin Teen Game Changers: Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni + GIVEAWAY!!!

This fall, Penguin Teen has a five week marathon of exciting book releases heading our way!  These five titles make up their Game-Changers campaign and each day this week, one of those titles is being revealed.  I’m thrilled to be able to reveal the fourth book to be announced, Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni!  To see what other books have been revealed, be sure to visit the sites below, including Forever Young Adult, which will be announcing the fifth and final title tomorrow!

5/15 – Brittany’s Book Rambles – Warcross

5/16 – The Young Folks – Jane, Unlimited

5/17 – The Fandom – There’s Someone Inside Your House

5/18 – SuperSpaceChick – Thinks I’m Seeing Without You

5/19 – Forever Young Adult – ?????????

Each novel in the Game-Changers campaign is revolutionary in it’s own way.  There’s such a wide variety of genres being explored in the five novels included and I’m SO excited to get to tell you all about Peter’s novel, Things I’m Seeing Without You, which is a heartwarming contemporary that’s been compared to Six Feet Under, I’ll Give You the Sun and Eleanor & Park.  It explores first love, what it means to lose someone and the grief that comes along with it.  I love that the main character takes an unconventional route and decides to help her father with his alternative funeral business while she’s coping with the loss of Jonah.  I’m basically expecting to cry my eyes out when I read this one and I am so ready for it!  Here’s the official synopsis:

Fans of Eleanor and Park and All the Bright Places will laugh and cry as they read this heartbreaking and life-affirming novel about love after the most profound loss.

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.

Funny, heartbreaking, hopeful, and wondrous, in the vein of Six Feet Under and I’ll Give You the Sun, Things I’m Seeing Without You is a beautiful examination of what it means to love someone, to lose someone, and to love again.

Since it feels like the wait for Things I’m Seeing Without You is going to take F O R E V E R, Penguin was kind enough to provide us with a sampler of the story to tide us over until October 3rd! After reading the sampler, I can tell you that I instantly preordered my copy of the book and I can assure you that you will too!

Additionally, I’m going to be interviewing Peter in two weeks at BookExpo / BookCon!!!  Please let me know if you have any questions for him (comment here or tweet me at @SuperSpaceChick) and I’ll be sure to ask him!!

Peter Bognanni is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His debut novel, The House of Tomorrow, won the LA Times award for first fiction and the ALA Alex Award and has been adapted into a feature film.  He teaches creative writing at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Enter for a chance to win one (1) set of Penguin Teen’s Game-Changers ARCs (ARV: $0).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on May 15, 2017 and 12:00 AM on May 22, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about May 24, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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10 Responses to “Penguin Teen Game Changers: Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni + GIVEAWAY!!!”

  1. Kaitlyn A. says:

    I’m JUST now hearing of this book! How is that possible?! I was a huge fan of Eleanor and Park and All The Bright Places so I’m sure I’ll love this book!

  2. Demi says:

    Loved the preview can’t wait for this one!

  3. Not sure how I hadn’t heard of this one before but it is now added to my TBR. Sounds good!

  4. Bea says:

    I saw you compare it to I’ll give you the Sun which is my favorite YA contemporary of all times, so I’m pumped!

  5. This sounds both heart breaking and heart warming and I don’t know which one I prefer

  6. Christina says:

    Ahh all these books look incredible!

  7. Jaime says:

    Oh wow, this sounds like it wiuld give me the feelsss.

  8. Cookie says:

    This book sounds amazing! I hadn’t heard much about it but I am sold!

  9. Oooo! I’d heard of the other three books of this campaign, but this one is new to me. It sounds heartbreaking for sure! Not something I’d usually indulge in, but sometimes I love these types of books. Great post!

    Have a wonderful week. =)

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  10. Stacey Milas says:

    Super excited for this!

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