Updating a house of tomorrow
Standing Ovation:- The characters, especially Sebastian, Jared, and his sister Meredith, were created with depth, interest, and sincerity.
I genuinely grew attached to them and sincerely hoped that things would work out for them all.- I appreciated the journeys Bognanni took all of his characters through; this was more than just a coming-of-age story for the teenagers, but it was also about an elderly lady realizing that her life and mission were ending, as well as a middle-aged woman accepting that her marriage has most-likely failed.- The musical aspect of this story is important but doesn't necessarily take center-stage (ha).
Peter Bognanni's novel The House of Tomorrow details an unlikely friendship between Sebastian, a boy who has lived in a sphere with his grandmother, and Jared a heart-transplant patient with a passion for punk music.
The two bond over being outcasts and their mutual desire to stop letting people hold them back.
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Darn Ticketmaster Surcharge- It's like buying tickets to a really great concert and then having that stupid surcharge to put a brief damper on things- the ending.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. 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.Soon, Sebastian and Jared form an unlikely bond via the great teenage tradition of punk rock, starting their own band despite the objections of everyone around them and Sebastian's lack of musical ability (holding a guitar for the first time, Jared says, Strum, and Sebastian asks, What do you mean? And while Jared succeeds to some degree in socializing Sebastian—teaching him about music, smoking, and curse words—Sebastian ends up getting more than he bargained for when the two get caught up in Whitcomb family drama.The boys here don't come of age—girls are just beginning to exist and lifelong struggles are only taking root—but their connection is an honest, noisy, and raucous look at friendship and how loud music can make almost everything better.
He meets Jared Whitcomb, a teenage boy with issues of his own, and his loving yet overprotective mother, Janice, who are touring the dome when Nana suffers her stroke.