THINGS I’M SEEING WITHOUT YOU Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

I am super excited to be today’s stop on the THINGS I’M SEEING WITHOUT YOU Blog Tour.

From the moment I first read the description of Peter Bognanni‘s upcoming novel, I just knew it would be a book I’d adore – heartbreak, loss, a rather unusual family business, and a game changer. And it did not disappoint.

So if you’d like to know what I thought about THINGS I’M SEEING WITHOUT YOU, which releases on October 3rd, scroll down for my review. And if you haven’t yet heard about this amazing book, check out the description which follows immediately below.

There’s also a tour-wide giveaway. So if you’re in the U.S. and would like the chance to win a copy, be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter.

And if you’d like to follow along with the tour, check out the links to each of the stops at the bottom of this post.


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Author: Peter Bognanni
Release date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Dial Books
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook



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 SunThings I’m Seeing Without You is a beautiful examination of what it means to love someone, to lose someone, and to love again.


Note: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.

The Review

THINGS I’M SEEING WITHOUT YOU is thoughtful and heartbreaking and amusing and melancholy, and more than a little bit romantic, all at once. It’s a story about life and death, love and loss, about finding a way to let go, and about figuring out how to keep going. And while there are a number of heavy issues, they are lightened through humor, celebration, and ideas that will make readers think.

Tess couldn’t deal with the loss of her long-distance boyfriend Jonah. So she ditched school and went to live with her Dad who wasn’t exactly her favorite person in the world. Not after he spent her college fund and had no real way to earn the money back.

But better her Dad than trying to cope with school, her roommate, her recently enlightened mother – even if it meant she’d be tasked with helping him out with his latest scheme.

And when she discovers something about her relationship with Jonah, something that changes everything she thought she knew and felt, having something else to focus on, like planning a pre-death funeral party for a former burlesque dancer, might just be enough of a distraction to keep her from feeling totally devastated.

Peter Bognanni created a main character in Tess who has a tough exterior but who is also emotionally fragile. She is grief stricken, shocked, hurt and angry. She’s in pain but she has not given up, no matter how much life threw at her. And she is blunt and to the point, but can also be kind and caring.

The author gives readers a lot of food for thought about how to best honor someone’s life and their memory. He touches upon issues involving family, friendship, depression, sorrow, deceit, betrayal. And he creates a love story that is challenging and complicated, yet sweet.

THINGS I’M SEEING WITHOUT YOU is a beautiful and moving story, peppered with moments that can’t help but make you laugh or smile. It offers an adventure, a secret, a disturbing mishap, a couple of absentee parents, an eye-opening funeral, and a love story whose outcome is not set in stone. And for those looking for a read that is contemplative and gorgeous and original, it is a must.

The Rating

About Peter Bognanni

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.


The Giveaway

Courtesy of the publisher there is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • Enter for a chance to be one (1) of three (3) winners to receive a hardcover copy of Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni. (ARV: $17.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on September 25, 2017 and 12:00 AM on October 16, 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 October 18, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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