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The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
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Dec 27, 2011

really liked it

Okay, this young adult novel gets credit for an interesting premise: a sixteen year old boy has been home schooled in a geodesic dome in rural Iowa by his unusual grandmother who claims to have been R. Buckminster Fuller's mistress back in the day. She has kept his interaction with the outside world at a minimum, and his vocabulary and syntactical constructions both demonstrate a person who does not know how to interact with other 21st century youth. Despite his lack of some basic social skills (which sometimes seem high level autistic), our hero, Sebastian, does have positive values, a fairly quick mind, and a growing sensitivity to the needs and concerns of others. When his grandmother has a stroke, he finds his life becoming entwined with a dysfunctional suburban family, where each member has their own distinct approach to dealing with their own private hell. Sebastian learns about family in this novel--and he learns about punk rock music, sarcasm, peer pressures, true friendship, and love. This is a smart book that doesn't patronize its readers; the author's ability to create an authentic voice for Sebastian is one of its greatest strengths.

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