August 21, 2012

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern is a fascinating novel set in Ireland with many mysteries hidden inside it. When a family’s life is ruined emotionally and financially, they move out to the countryside leaving their former luxurious lifestyle. Can change be good, and can life really move on in a new direction so different from what they were used to?

Book Description
Raised in the lap of luxury, spoiled and tempestuous sixteen-year-old Tamara Goodwin has never had to think about tomorrow. But when her world is irrevocably shaken by her father's self-imposed death, she and her mother are left drowning in debt and forced to move in with Tamara's peculiar aunt and uncle in a tiny countryside village.

Lonely and bored, Tamara's sole diversion is a traveling library. There she finds a large leather-bound book with a gold clasp and padlock, but no author name or title. Intrigued, she pries open the lock, and what she finds takes her breath away—for what's written inside is not only impossible and magical . . . it's her future.” – The Book of Tomorrow

My Thoughts
The Book of Tomorrow is set in Ireland. However, the only real indication for me that it is set there is the ruined old castle that is in the countryside by where Tamara and her mom move to after they leave Dublin. I would have liked more Irish details and lore.

The main character, Tamara Goodwin wasn’t very likeable for me. I found her to be annoying, and took much too long to find any resemblance of hope for her. She is snarky, rude, and even when poor, acts like she is entitled to everything. Her mother isn’t any better.

The magical book Tamara finds that has her future diary pages in it, could have been such a good idea for a story. However, with this one, it falls flat.

Overall, this is a decent book. It is readable, but it wouldn’t be the one I’d pick to read first.

* Thank you to the publisher of The Book of Tomorrow, William Morrow, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.


Mandy said...

Seems like a possibly good storyline. Not sure if I want to read it or pass this one up though.

Mike said...

Sounds like a good book for my sister.

peoplexplorer said...

Cecelia Ahern is the daughter of the former prime minister of Ireland and sister-in-law of Westlife's Nicky Byrne as he is married to her sister. Know more about her here...Cecelia Ahern's Biography