Friday, October 28, 2011

The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni


Sebastian lives with his grandmother. In a geodesic dome. And is homeschooled. Everything changes when Grandma has a stroke and Sebastian meets The Whitcombs: Jared, Meredith, and Mrs. Whitcomb herself at the hospital where Jared is receiving treatment for his recent heart transplant. Jared introduces Sebastian to punk rock, convincing him to join him and form a band of their own in what is resoundingly the best use of a Napoleon Bonaparte quote of all time:
"Do you know who Napoleon was?" he asked.
"The emperor of France," I said.
"Wrong," said Jared. "He was the first punk rocker."
"He was the emperor of France," I said.
"Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily," said Jared. "Do you know who said that?"
"Napoleon?"
"Yes. And do you know what, Sebastian?"
"What?"
"We are dying daily... and we are defeated and we are motherf*cking inglorious. And, Sebastian, Napoleon was right!"
So punk rock. Give this to fans of Chuck Pahlaniuk and Joey Goebel. Grade 9+