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I've never read 'P.S. I Love You' because my body seems to automatically reject romance novels/films if they claim to make girls cry from the start. That said, I still took out one of author Cecilia Ahern's other books, 'The Book of Tomorrow', from the library anyway. Partly I was drawn in by the pretty book cover even though it screams 'chick lit', but the premise itself sounded like one I could really get into- discovering a book which has the power to read like a diary of the future? Sign me up! Thankfully, it didn't disappoint.
Sixteen year old Tamara Goodwin has it all: a big mansion, friends to have a laugh with and all the expensive goods she could need. That is until her father commits suicide and the house is to be repossessed, therefore Tamara and her mother must move away from Dublin to stay with her Aunt Rosaleen and Uncle Arthur until they recover.
Being far away from her affluent lifestyle and surrounded by a grieving mother and overbearing relatives, Tamara becomes pretty frustrated with a lack of things to do. Fortunately she finds solace in a travelling library run by the kindly Marcus, where she discovers a leather bound tome sealed with a padlock. With help from friendly nun Sister Ignatius, Tamara gets the book open and learns it is a diary which somehow manages to write down what happens tomorrow...when reading it the day before. But Tamara's attempts to change the future, as well as find out the secrets her aunt and uncle seem to be hiding from her, might not always led to the outcome she wants...
This was another book I finished in a single night- I seriously couldn't put it down!
Ahern writes everything really vividly, whether it'd be Tamara's emotional ups and downs or the beautiful surroundings of the Irish countryside where she's now living. I really wanted to help Tamara find out why her aunt and uncle are being so secretive, keeping a close eye on her, and seemingly discouraging her mother's recovery. It becomes really tense when the situation seems to be connected with her family's history. It's a mystery I was keen to get to the bottom of and so I was hooked right up to the book's conclusion! The twists that came here did indeed catch me by surprise, and then followed up with a deeper explanation so that the reader- and Tamara- can emotionally get their heads around what's just happened. The concept of the 'Book of Tomorrow' is very interesting and well-incorporated into the story to help Tamara get through her own grief and reveal the secrets hidden by her family.
I loved our lead character Tamara Goodwin. She's spoilt, selfish and very much the epitome of a teenage brat, especially when she rambles on about her friends or pop cultural knowledge. Despite this her narrative self (who comes off as older and wiser) acknowledges how flawed she is, and she's still a witty enough storyteller to win me over. She cares deeply for her mother's wellbeing and befriends the elderly Sister Ignatius despite the age gap and cultural differences. Eventually, you do begin to sympathize with her as she is clearly frustrated with her father's suicide, her mother's utter grief over the death and the whole change in scenery that has resulted from it. The supporting characters are also great with their own personality quirks, such as Rosaleen's secrecy and nosy nature and Marcus, the kindly but witty travelling library driver whom takes to Tamara. I really connected with all of them, especially when motives and secrets are revealed at the end.
Perhaps the only the weak link I found with 'The Book of Tomorrow' was the romance between Tamara and her new friend Weseley. Their friendship is built up fairly well as he becomes crucial to helping Tamara find out what Aunt Rosaleen is hiding from her, and occasionally they do make passes at each other. However I found it hard to believe that by the end of the book they were romantically inclined enough to begin kissing and dating, especially as Tamara was definitely falling for Marcus before a certain incident.
I absolutely loved 'The Book of Tomorrow': an engrossing story, in-depth characters and Ahern's witty narrative really brought everything to life. If this is my thoughts to a book of hers that is supposedly not her best then I can't wait until I come across 'P.S. I Love You' now! Definitely check this book out if you're a fan of chick lit with a lot of depth or would like a touch of magic to your contemporary fiction fix!
I'd give it 4.5 stars, which I've rounded up to 5/5.
(Review on Ciao under the username Anti, as well as my blog 'Tales of Antonia'.)
I have just finished reading this book. I had lots of books that I had read and felt that although I may have enjoyed the book I didn't see me reading it again whereas there is books that I know I will read over and over again (the devil wears prada - never get bored of that book!), Anyway I joined the website readitswapit and you advertise the books you want to swap, then people can contact you to say that they want your book and you get to choose 1 of their books and vice versa. Each person pays postage and packaging but you get a book to keep from it. This is where this book came from as it looked the best book out of the other persons list.
The story is about a girl called Tamara. Tamara's life is pretty good. She's a teenager and her family are fine, and she seems popular with her friends. Just a typical teenager I would say. 1 day Tamara's life changes though when her dad commits suicide and her and her mum end up leaving the vilage where they stay and moving in with family members. At first this seems to be ok moving to a different place, but with her mum acting strangely reclusive and her aunt Rosaleen being so weird then Tamara wonders what is going on thesedays. The village where she is staying is pretty boring but this changes a bit when the travelling Library comes along.
Tamara gets a book, but it ends up being a blank book - pretty boring isn't it, but one day she looks in the book and sees that it is a diary, but it has been written dated the next day. Where are these thoughts coming from? Can they be true? When the next day plays out exactly how the diary predicted then Tamara is left wondering what is happening.
How did I find this book? Well I wasn't overly keen on it.I felt that the middle part of it dragged on too long. There seemed to be only so much of Rosaleen's odd behaviour that I could take and I actually kept putting the book down and not bothering to go back to it for a few days I did still want to get to the bottom of the story, but being over 400 pages and not overly interesting to me then I just knew i'd get to it in the end.
I probably woundn't recommend it from my point of view, but I see that others on the site like it, and I would say this is a typically Cecelia Ahern style of book - that bit magical, whereas I felt the book I have reviewed before - The Gift although was magical, but that bit different style.
If you like her books then you should read it, but I know reading this once was enough for me.
=== The Book of Tomorrow - Celia Ahern ===
Having loved Cecelia Ahern's successful debut novel, 'P.S. I Love You', with a passion; it was one of the most emotional books I've ever had the pleasure to read; I had devoured every book she had written afterwards. Some have resonated with me more than others, but 'If You Could See Me Now', was decidedly lacking in depth and direction, and was totally forgettable in my opinion. To this end, I'd stopped reading any more of her work in favour of other authors, but when I saw the rather magical cover of this book, I was tempted to give it a go and took the plunge. In the main, I was rather pleased with this book, and this review will explain why.
=== Synopsis ===
When 16-year-old Tamara Goodwin's Father takes his own life, and leaves his family penniless, both she and her mother are forced to leave their home and move in with her Aunt and Uncle in the country. Miles away from her friends, designer stores, and with nowhere to hang out; Tamara is left grieving, lonely and confused, living in a strange place, and feeling all alone in the world due to her mother's struggle with the deep depression that has taken a hold. Tamara finally finds a friend she feels she can confide in, a sexy travelling librarian (what a misnomer that is!), and while browsing the rows of books, she finds the Book of Tomorrow - a truly magical, leather bound book, which prophesses the future.
=== My Thoughts ===
I was surprised to find myself hooked from the very first page. The book is told in the first person, from the point of view of Tamara, and I have to say I think Ahern got this character absolutely spot on. Teenage Tamara comes from a privileged background and so used to having her own way. She is spoiled rotten, yet she doesn't come across as a brat, she is caring but in her own inimitable way. I think it must quite a shock to go from being extremely wealthy to absolutely penniless, and that's without having the pain of a parent's suicide to cope with, and having no support from her mum. Every girl needs her mum now and then, (even at my age), so I just wanted to reach out and hug her, and despite me being her mum's age, I found I could relate to her and I was feeling a bond there. I kept putting this book down, and picking it up again, I was desperate to read that the situation was getting better for her.
I found Tamara's aunt, Rosaleen to be a well-written character, and easy to visualise due to the book being extremely descriptive. Despite Rosaleen doing all she could to help Tamara settle in her new home, there was an edge of mystery there. She is a rather a complex character and it's like she has a dual personality, but I couldn't distinguish why? This is the true genius of the story, there is a family secret running throughout the book, but nothing is revealed until the very end, and suddenly the penny drops.
The mystery within the book is fantastic, yet completely unexpected, it does seem a little farfetched, I mean, a book that predicts the future, as if! This does make the story unique and a bit different to the norm though. I usually tend to read Chick Lit with a romantic theme, and although there are a few references aimed at the lovey dovey stuff, this is a total change in direction to what I'm used to, and makes a rather interesting and refreshing change.
My only criticism of the book is that a third of the book was dedicated to learning about Tamara and setting the scene for the 'Magic' to begin. From that point, the book it felt a little rushed. Even the ending was hurried, it felt like the author had a deadline, and when she reached it, said, 'oh that'll do'. Things were brought to a dramatic ending and while there were no loose threads left hanging, I do feel that if things had been explained in a little more depth towards the end, I would have awarded this book five stars.
This book is a gripping read, with an original storyline and it's definitely not your usual chick-lit style, it has highs, but also extreme lows. It tackles the suicide and depression in quite intimate detail, but this is lifted with the lighter fun elements. I think this book would appeal to Cecelia Ahern fans, but also someone who rather likes all things magical and spiritual. I recommend you read Cecelia Ahern's The Book of Tomorrow, but just be aware; the rather hurried ending is just a tad deflating.
=== Other Information ===
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When my eyes glanced upon this book belonging to a friend, I was instantly intrigued by the front cover. The purple, starry scene background, with a large keyhole and old key in the centre, gold border and detailing, along with the hand-written style title 'The Book of Tomorrow' at the bottom. It even made the book LOOK magical and as though full of secrets... The pretty and interesting cover presents the book perfectly to match the heart-warming and mystery-filled story inside.
The book starts off with the main character, Tamara Goodwin. At the beginning Tamara is a spoilt, stubborn teenager who lives with her Mother and Father. Her Dad being very much a business man, meant that Tamara had always had everything she had ever wanted. Her world was controlled by her luxurious lifestyle of designer clothes, and living in a a large house with a pool owned by her wealthy parents. However, what happens when unknown to spoilt little you, your once wealthy father experiences troubles with debt beyond repair and decides he has nothing left but to end it all?
Tamara's life is suddenly turned right around. With only her distraught Mother left and Tamara blaming her Father for having lost her whole lifestyle, Tamara and her Mother have no other option but to move in with her Aunt and Uncle miles away from home. Tamara now trying so hard to bond with her unresponsive, almost bed-ridden Mother, whilst filled with anger and resentment for the small and remote place she has been plunged into, completely misses the magic behind it all.
In her new home full of secrets, her life slowly becomes a mystery... but when a travelling library comes into the village, the padlocked book Tamara finds helps her to not only become the good-mannered, and grateful person she should be, but also leads her along the path of self-discovery. Tamara soon realises that the book she found contains her own diary entries for the next coming day. Although confusing at first, Tamara eventually uses it to her advantage to try and change her days for the better. With the help of the book and Tamara's own suspiciousness of her Aunt, all of the secrets her Aunt tried so desperately to hide away begin to unravel... Tamara sadly learns the reasons behind the connection she feels towards the castle ruin nearby, and the old Nun she meets by chance who becomes a good friend. But most shockingly the truth behind how it all began...
This book is a lovely read for both young and old, that is guaranteed to make you feel a range of emotions both happy and sad. Although leaving you with a heart-warming feeling to end the book's last words. Like any good author, Cecilia really does connect you with the characters allowing you to change your thoughts on them as the story continues. For those who like a book that keeps you guessing with an unexpected twist at the end, this book certainly has that. The book features an original storyline and characters that doesn't feel like it's simply copied from another book. Also the slight cliff-hanger ending leaves it to your own imagination about what might have happened next. This might not be something some people would appreciate, but personally I think it adds to the magic and mystery of the story, as it leaves you still guessing as you have done throughout. A rather enjoyable read when you're not too busy to read a book from start to finish, especially as you will probably find it hard to put it down!
The story is based around a hormornal teenager called tamara, she had prievously lived a life of luxery, and got everything she wanted, although never gratful. She was mean and angry, but the story let's you in on her softer side and she is a lovable character.
Her dad committed suicide and this in turn, changed her life beyond belief. He had lot's of debt, so she and her mum had there house reposessed, They go to live in the country with her aunt and uncle.
These are an odd pair rosaleen, the aunt is a character very difficult to understand she seems to look after everyone by doing everything she possibly can, but with that you get the feeling she is not a nice woman.
Auther, the uncle on the otherhand is lovely, very quite but lovable, her 'grunts and snots' to show how he feels and rarley speaks, but when he does you know he is kind.
Tamara is not happy about the situation at all and would like to go back home and return to being a spoilt brat and to 'hang out' with her friends, she soon realises this was not a good way to live, by the end of the book she is a lot more appreciative. The story telling is good as you can really imagine hoe Tamara feels at the time, and the language is very 'teen'.
her mother Jeniffer is staying too but all she does is alseep and stare out the window, which wories tamara greatly, Rosaleen keeps saying she is fine but she clearly isn't.
A doctor comes, who tamara calles, but rosaleen gets rid of him this is one of the things that make rosaleen seem nasty.
There is a castle that is now a ruin, it is a mystery and tamara instantainiously feels connected to it, she feels as if it is hers.
Tamara meets a nun called sister ignatous, she lives within the grounds, she is the most wonderfull person, although Tamara sometimes takes her unhappiness out on her and immediedly regrets this.
A travelling libary comes to the house she is ataying and has a handome young man who tamara befriends there relashionship ends up being soured though. tamara takes a book from the libary, it is locked, the nun helps unlock it, but its emty, well for the moment anyway Tamara soon finds out that the book can tell the futre each night a diary entry of the following day appears and every word is truth.
Tamaara tries to change some of the things that are going to happen but realises you shouldn't try to chage the futre.
Albert has a apprentice clled weasly,Tamara meeets him by sneaking out at night following voices from the castle, weasly and his friends are there,his friends take an inatnt dislike to Tamara, but not weasly.
After that night they became friends he turns out to he;p Tamara more than she coil have evr of thought.
There strange goings on around the ground rosaleen is hiding domething but wjat?
This stories follows tamara discovering the mystery of the place and with that the secrets.
the castle had burned down in a fire, rosaleens sick mother and the glass chimes you will have to read it to discover the mystey for yourself though.
One let down of the book is the ending the secrets aren't magical compared to the buildup when you finally arrive at the ending it feels a different author wrote it someone with a lot less imagnanation the cecealia.The ending has lost the mystery that was expected to come it is actually quite hurtfull for tamara and her mother.
Also the magic book is never explained it id judt left hanging I feel like the story hasn't ended yet I still needed more answers,.
I never really got hooked with this book at the beginning either, I could easily put it down, well it took me a week to read, compared to the last book I read ' the gift' also by Cecilia Ahern that was done and dusted in two days.
'The Book of Tomorrow' is written by Cecilia Ahern, the author quite famous for writing 'P.S. I Love You'. I picked it up from my local library and was drawn towards it as it is a fairly recent publication (2010) and it has an enticing bright purple cover. The title suggests there is something mystical about this book, and sure enough, the story does have a magical element, as the main character discovers a mysterious diary that 'takes her breath away' and gives her important clues on the more difficult and challenging aspects of her life.
The main character in this story is 16 year old Tamara Goodwin. We meet her at an unfortunate time - she has just lost her dear father to suicide, her mother does not know how to control her grief, they have their home repossessed and are forced to go and live with relatives in a tiny village where there is very little to do for Tamara. Tamara's life has quite simply turned upside down. When she comes across this magical diary however, things take a very interesting turn, and impact Tamara's life in a way that she never could have imagined.
I enjoyed this book a fair amount. I wasn't overly keen on Tamara's character as I found her to be quite selfish at times and thought she had a bit of an attitude problem. But then again, she had just lost her father, and had little support from her grieving mother. I suppose in some ways therefore, her attitude was justified. As the book is quite long (420 pages), you do also get used to Tamara's personality, and as the story develops I also found myself understanding her a bit more and being annoyed a bit less! In addition, there is a fair amount of mystery in the story which kept me turning the pages!
I would say that the book maintains momentum throughout. The story itself is rather interesting. In terms of the magical side of things I did find myself questioning how logical the storyline was, but then again, it's meant to be fiction and not real life! I think if you remember that a lot of books (Harry Potter mainly comes to mind) do have a bit of magic in them, then you won't find yourself thinking 'well that couldn't really happen!'. I think it's just been a long time since I've read a story with any fantasy/magic in it, which is why I was a bit sceptical at times whilst reading this book, rather than just accepting it for what it is!
All in all this was an enjoyable read, with a rather interesting twist at the end. I do like it when I am surprised by the end, and in this case, that certainly did happen. The end of the book is really not predictable at all (well it wasn't to me!) and therefore I was hooked right till the end.
I'd recommend this to readers of fiction and if you like Cecilia Ahern, you're probably going to enjoy 'The Book of Tomorrow'.
Before reading The Book Of Tomorrow I had only read one book by Cecelia Ahern which was The Gift. I did enjoy The Gift but it didn't make enough impression on me to put Cecelia Ahern at the top of my favourite authors list and so I did not rush out to find any of her other books. When searching for a book I always try my Library's returns section and this is where I found The Book Of Tomorrow. From the cover it looked to me to be a bit of a mystical book, and when reading the back for further information on the book it tells you very little but the little bit of information it does give is another to make you curious as it mentions a strange padlocked book. I thought I would give it a try as it sounded like my kind of book and it wasn't until I got home and started to read that I noticed from the inside of the cover that it was by an author I had already read.
I am not going to give too much away when it comes to telling you the plot as this is why I loved this book as it felt like you were walking down a dark tunnel and not knowing what was going to come next.
Our main character is 16 year old Tamara Goodwin who has always had everything she could dream of and more due to her father's wealth. She lived in a glamorous home in the city, had many friends who she spent time with down on the beach and had many holidays throughout the year.
Tamara's life gets turned upside down when she walks in to find her Father dead on the floor after committing suicide. It later comes to light that her dad was in financial trouble which he couldn't get them out of and decided to take his life due to the pressure. Problem was this meant that both Tamara and her mum have nothing to their name so they have no choice but to go and stay with Uncle Arthur and Rosaleen in the middle of know where.
The story then comes to light due to the find of a locked book which has mysterious quality to it. Tamara's mum doesn't talk and sleeps nearly all day. Tamara feels Rosaleen has something to hide will Tamara get to the bottom of all the mystery.
I really enjoyed this book, and I find that all the books that I have read I cannot compare this book to any other that I have read. Personally I find that this book was in a completely different league to The Gift.
The main character Tamara took a little while to warm to as at the start of the book she is a typical selfish, spoilt teenager and I found myself gritting my teeth reading the first few chapters as I found her quite unbearable. Once she had moved to her uncle her character started to grow and you saw a change in her although she was still immature in some places which is only right for a teenager you actually started to enjoy her character.
As I mentioned earlier you have no idea what is going to happen next there is no inclination at all which I thoroughly enjoyed in this book. It was mystical but not magical and silly it was just enough to make the book still believable.
I found that the first few chapters slowly build you upto the pace of the book but then all the way through you are gripped there didn't seem to be any low parts in the book which you could skim over without missing anything. I also like the fact that the ending was tied up nicely without it feeling rushed.
I would highly recommend this book if you like a kind of mystical element to your books. I wouldn't say that this book was a light read as there is alot going on in the storyline which meant that you couldn't leave the book half way through a chapter.
This book gets a full 5 stars from me as there is nothing negative I can say about it and the way the book was wrote so you had no clue what would happen next was what made this book for me.
I'm going to start by saying I totally believe in the motto this book has, which is sometimes tomorrow has to start today.
I love Cecelia Ahern, and I have read all of her books, and hence why I brought this book, as I knew it would be great and of course another best seller. I feel Cecelia as an author has a way of magically getting her readers to want to read the book and not put it down. She describes the places beautifully as thought you are actually within the book and experiencing the same emotions and feelings of the characters.
The book draws itself to the reader, starting by the cover. It is a beautiful violet and golden colour, which a magical theme of glittery stars at the bottom of the cover. Once you've read the book you'll see how the cover actually reflects the story. This would make a great gift.
What the book is about:
Tamara Goodwin has always had anything and everything she's ever wanted in life. At 16, you could say she's rather spoilt. Not only is she a spoilt brat but she's also incredibly ungrateful and doesn't seem to respect her parents. Until one day, her dad kills himself. It turns out Tamara and her mother are so much in debt that their fabulous house has had to be reposessed. Tamara and her mother move down to Kilsaney to stay with Tamara's Aunt Rosaleen and Uncle Arthur. Whilst there Tamara happens upon a locked book in a travelling library. When the book is finally opened, Tamara is shocked. It seems to be fore-telling what will happen tomorrow today...
Tamara Goodwin: is the main character which the book revolves around. She is a typical 16 year old who has everything in her life, from money, friends, cars and rich parents.
Jennifer: Tamara's mother
Rosaleen (Aunt): Married to Tamara's uncle Arthur. She has a very nosy personality and needs to know everything.
Arthur (uncle): Jennifer's brother. He has a introvert personality, and doesn't like to rock the boat.
Sister Ignacious: Very helpful nun
The book is written in Tamara's point of view and of course I don't want to give too much of the plot away, but after her father commits suicide, Tamara and her mother are forced to move and live with her uncle (mother's brother). Being a girl who has everything in her life and living in Dublin and moving to a small village and living in a gatehouse which is suited next to Kilsaney Castle. After exploring the new village and meeting a few of its residence, she comes across a book, which turns out to be a diary. The author spends a lot of time at the beginning of the booking showing us the readers Tamara's character and personality, which makes this book so readable to the end. It's Tamara's attitude and character which makes us the reader want to read on and follow her in her story and adventure which she lives every day when she opens the diary and reads it.
Cecelia takes her time trying to bring out the characters personality within the first couple of chapters of the book. Throughout the book and it's chapters Cecelia describes all personality traits to the point and repeats several times in different situation so I as the reader felt like I knew the characters within the book and felt like I could take a guess as to their reactions in the upcoming situations. Some of the other characters in the book a few of the people she meets along the way, Sister Ignacious, Wesley, Marcus and Rosaleen's mother.
The other main focal point of the book apart from following Tamara's story is the setting for the story. Kilsaney Castle is unraveled at the same time as Tamara's story is told. The beautifully described castle, in breathtaking and very important to the storyline.
All I can say is take in everything written on the page, as this story will become alive in its last chapters.
Pages: 384 pages
Retails at : £7.99 (can get it for much cheaper online)
I spotted the Book of Tomorrow by Cecilia Ahern when browsing the shelves of my local library. Although I had heard of her, Cecilia Ahern was not an author whose work I was familiar with and so I had no expectations. I don't normally judge a book by its front cover but in this case I have to admit it as the first thing that drew me to the book. It has an intricate gold and star pattern printed on a purple backing. It's certainly eye-catching! Turning to the blurb at the back and giving it a quick read through, this book, on paper, seemed to be right up my street, so into my bag it went!
The story is set in Dublin, Ireland and told through the eyes of Tamara Goodwin. 16 year old Tamara has never wanted for anything. Her father was a wealthy businessman and she grew up in luxury - living in a mansion, with wardrobes full of designer clothes and exotic holidays in the sun. However her world comes crashing down when her father dies, leaving Tamara and her mother with a mountain of debt. Having no choice but to sell up Tamara and her mother move to a little village in the country to live with her aunt and uncle.
With her mother consumed by grief, Tamara is left to her own devices. When a travelling library comes to visit the village Tamara browses the shelves and is drawn to a mysterious leather-bound book that is clasped shut wit a padlock. When Tamara eventually opens it a series of events unfold that change her life forever.
I thought the Book of Tomorrow was well written and easy to read. I found it a little slow to begin with. The first 150 pages or so focus on developing Tamara's character and not a lot goes on. We learn bits about her past, her relationship with her father and her life in Dublin. The book picks up pace in the second half, but is still not what I would class as a gripping read.
The story is told through the eyes of Tamara and as such we learn a lot about her. She matures a lot as events unfold, going from someone very self-centred but learns to consider other people as the story develops. Despite Tamara being the focus of the story strangely enough I didn't think her character was very well developed. I didn't really feel an affinity towards her and I didn't really care about what happened to her.
Rosaleen, Tamara's aunt, was one of the most interesting characters in the book. She was quite a sinister character, whom I took an instant dislike to, lurking about, but not really coming to the forefront until the climax of the story. She was somewhat thrown by the arrival of Tamara and her mother and not having any children of her own didn't really know how to handle Tamara. Rosaleen and her husband Arthur live in the grounds of Kilsaney Castle, which was ruined some years ago in a fire. For a reason we later learn Rosaleen is fiercely protective of Tamara and her mother, repeatedly trying to distract Tamara from exploring the castle itself, which only served to arouse her curiosity further.
Arthur, Rosaleen's husband comes across as quite a meek character - not surprising as Rosaleen herself is quite domineering. He also appears to lurk in the background and doesn't come into his own until the climax.
The writing style was good and it was an easy read but the story wasn't particularly gripping and there was no real suspense. In fact, I was quite happy to leave the book for a couple of days between readings, which is practically unheard of for me! Once I get my nose into a good book it is very difficult to get it out again!
The book also left quite a lot of questions unanswered for me. I thought a lot more could have been done with the 'book' storyline. The book Tamara finds is supposed to have some magical powers but this didn't really capture my imagination as I didn't think the idea was developed enough. There was no explanation of the origin of it's power or where it had come from. Even the power within the book seemed to be glossed over so that I didn't feel excited or awed by it and it merely seemed to be a tool to guide the story.
Overall I thought this was an average read and one that I didn't find particularly riveting. It had a decent storyline but one that could have been developed more in my opinion so that it had more of a 'magicalness' about it. If you are inclined to give the book a go then I'd suggest borrowing it from your local library rather than purchasing it. 3 stars!
I was given this book by a family friend, she had accidentally bought 2 copies of it so she gave the other to us. I was very pleased she had given it to us as anyone likes a free book and also I had seen it in my local bookshop and I was attracted to the pretty cover. I had not read anything by Cecelia Ahern before but was keen to start reading as I had heard from many people that her books were absolutely fantastic.
Tamara Goodwin is sixteen. Recently, her life has been turned upside down. She used to be so happy, living a luxury life in Ireland. Her Dad was very rich, owning a large mansion where they had their own private beach. Tamara was a typical teenager who loved to sit on this beach of a night time drinking with her friends and talking about boys.
However, this all changed when Tamara walked into her Dads office to find him dead. He had taken an overdose and if this wasn't enough to deal with, he had left Tamara and her mother with nothing. Her father was bankrupt and couldn't deal with the stress of it all.
Therefore, Tamara and her mother must leave the house. The only place they can go is to stay with Tamara's uncle and aunt who live in the middle of nowhere. Tamara is not keen and thinks life in the country will be boring. However, things are not as boring or as simple as they seem. A travelling library arrives in the village bringing with it and intriguing book which Tamara picks up. After this, her life will change forever.
I adored this book from the start, I could not put it down. The story was so magical and I was so desperate to see what would happen to Tamara next and how her life would unfold.
Initially I was unsure if the book would be a bit 'young minded' as Tamara is only sixteen, however I found Tamara to be wise beyond her years and I think most people will enjoy the plot of the book despite Tamara's age.
The plot was of course a key interest for me. It was so interesting and not like anything I have ever read before. There was so much more to this book than there is in the normal chick lit. The plot flowed really well, there was always something interesting going on and I found it really difficult to put the book down. The ending of the book wraps everything up perfectly and I was left with no uncertainties. The book took me just a weekend to read which is unheard of for me. I could have easily read it in a day as I was enjoying it so much but I forced myself to put it down to make the enjoyment of the book last a bit longer as its rare I find a book that I enjoy as much as I did this one.
I loved the character of Tamara, she was very down to earth and a normal teenager who had to deal with a lot more than she should have to at her time in life. Her relationship with her aunt and uncle was a very strange one which added to the mystery of the book. Her aunt Rosaleen was a comical character but also in places seemed very dark and some of her actions were worrying.
As you can tell, I adored this book. It is one book that I will certainly be reading again and I have recommended it wholeheartedly to my friends and family. I would love to read a sequel or to see it made into a film.
The book was published in paperback by Harper on 2nd September 2010.
It has 384 pages.
Amazon give it an average rating of 4.5 (63 reader reviews).
The book is available from Amazon for just £3.99.
Absolutely fantastic book, probably my favourite book of all time. Recommended.
Have you eveer read a book that you cannot stop thinking about? That crops up in your mind at peculiar times? I love reading and I read a lot of books but its not often that a book has this impact on me. The last book i read that made me feel so emotional and involved was kaitlyn (see my review) and this novel was the first in a long time.
Written by Cecelia Ahern the no1 author of P.s i love you this book is her newest edition to her collection of inspiring 'fairy tale' novels. Each of her novels has it's own piece of magic and this new book is no exception, in fact there is something extra magical about this book.
I don't like to write reviews that give away the whole book as I feel you would get more out of reading this than reading my review but to give you a basic outline this book is about a young girl who has everything she has ever wanted. When her father dies her life is turned upside down and things take a drastic turn for the worse. This young girl finds a friend in a diary she has borrowed form the travellling library which turns out to be something she never thought it would be. Telling her things she never thought possible. When she learns things about her own life from this book she finds out that there is more to the recent events that have taken place in her life than she first thought.
This book is an enchanting novel which really keeps you guessing. There are so many twists and turns you simply have to keep reading. The relationships between characters are what make this book so inspiring. Each relationship is equally challenging and again inspiring but credit to Cecelia who really helps you to feel as the characters in this book are feeling.
The fictional novel which is set in a rural village in Ireland has a gothical and historical feel to it. Many scenes are set in a run down ancient castle that has many tales written within its walls which all adds to the magic of the book.
You really must read this book as i am sure you will find it truly enchanting. It is widely avaliable as most of Cecelia's books are and is avaliable in both hardback and now paperback. The hardback version retails at around £7.99 and the paper back £4.99. It has 336 pages.
Even though i have read this book it is just sitting on my bookshelf calling me to read it again which i am sure i will do after everyone who i have recommended it to has read it.
This is the first of Cecelia Ahern's books that I have read, and it was the cover enticed me. The main character is a teenager named Tamara, and to be honest I found her a little difficult to warm to because she seemed a bit arrogant etc. The story is pretty straight forward and is an easy read - there are no great suprises. Tamara has to move in with her overbearring aunt, and her mother is suffering from depression. She discovers an empty diary that begins to tell her the future and she discovers several secrets and information about her past that she was unaware of. The book is quite 'low key', but some characters such as the nuns add some needed comedy to lighten the mood. I won't ruin the ending, but lets just say it left me thinking 'waht was all that about then?!" I don't usually mind ambiguous endings but I found this one difficult :-S.
All in all, it's worth reading and is a page turner. I just wish the ending was a bit clearer!
I've read of all of Cecelia Ahern's novels, finding some of them excellent and genuinely moving (PS I Love You and If You Could See Me Now) and soem which just don't match up at all - Where Rainbows End being one I find quite irritating.
This one, The Book of Tomorrow, falls somewhere in the middle for me. It centres around a teenage Tamara Goodwin, previously rich, spolit and pretty cocky, whose dad has just committed suicide leaving her and her mum broke and living with relatives.
It's here at her relative's house that Tamara discovers Kilsaney Castle and a travelling library, where she finds a blank diary, that begins to tell her (in the form of diary entries) what will happen to her the next day.
With the book and a natural curiosity to discover what lies behind some odd behaviour, she discovers a host of secrets and lies, including ones about her childhood and also grows up quite a bit in the process.
Tamara is quite a likeable character despite being rather arrogant, but then most of us were at 16. I'm sure we can identify with behaving like a brat because most of us have done it too!
The diary is a nice twist and an unusual one too, it's not quite telling the future but it's a little bit different.
There are a lot of strong and some quirky characters too (I especially like the nuns), some to love and some to hate - always good I think. The novel is easy to read and intriguing enough to keep you turning the pages. Ahern does write magical, almost fantasy books, rather than pure chick-lit, which makes a nice change. Her writing style is really easy to follow and flows well.
However, there is something missing in this, that's there in the really good Ahern novels - I think it lacks the real magical quality of If You Could See Me Now, the inventiveness of A Place Called Here and the emotion of PS I Love You. Nothing particular wrong with it, but it juts didn't do 'it' for me the way those three novels did.
The plot for me is a little bit cliched and has been done before - it's difficult to say how without giving away the end, but it's the sort of secret (albeit done in an unusual way) that we have seen before.
It's still a good read though and fans of her should enjoy it. I'd quite like to give it three and a half stars but I'm going to give it three.
== The Book of Tomorrow: Cecelia Ahern ==
== Introduction ==
I have loved all of Cecelia Aherns books, starting with P.S. I love you a good few years back, and going right the way through all of her subsequent books, I have loved each one and eagerly awaited their release. So when I saw that she had a new book out in late 2009, I just had to add it to my Christmas list! Luckily my husband got the "subtle" hints, and it arrived in my stocking on December 25th!!!
The book is very "pretty", it has a purple hardcover with a pretty gold "guilded" cover, with a look that the corner has been lifted to reveal a gold cover beneath it. There is also a bookmark in the book, a thin piece of gold ribbon which is attached to the book, so you don't need to ear mark your pages, or worry about a book mark falling out!
I have loved all of Ahern's previous books, which all have a kind of "twist" to them, (all bar Where Rainbows End, and P.S. I love you, although this does have it in a slight way), making them much less chick lit and more fantasy books! I always find this is great as it allows you to hide from real life even if it is just for 300 pages or so!
== Plot ==
I don't want to say too much about the plot! But here is a brief description!
Tamara Goodwin is a 16 year old girl, she used to be rich- her father a very sucessful property developer, her mother an ex model. That was until her father killed himself when he lost all of his money. Now Tamara and her mother are poor, and homeless- and forced to move in with her mother's brother and his wife in the country, a lightyear away from her other life.
Tamara hates her life in the country, but soon finds fun on the horizon when she meets the travelling library, and the driver, Marcus...when she finds a beautiful and intruiging book which has a thick lock on the front, she decides to take it home: disappointed when she realises the book is nothing more than a diary, she is persuaded to write her thoughts in it by her unlikely friend, an elderly nun, Sister Ignatius. But she soon finds that something strange is happening. She soon finds herself on the trail of secrets and past lives, all she wants though is to go back to her old life!
== Opinion ==
I loved this book, the characters and the storyline are very strong, and the book is one of those which always keeps you reading, infact the book took me just a few nights to read as I just wanted to keep on reading! Although it doesn't have cliffhangers as such, the story definitely keeps you guessing, it could maybe be classed as confusing by some people at times, which I have to agree with a little bit...it does keep you guessing so much so that you are a little confused and wondering if you have maybe missed something, but having read many other Ceceila Ahern books, I know that this is the normal way her novels read, and it can sometimes feel a little confused, but by the 3rd chapter from the end or so, you do find that everything is finally cleared up!
The book is not too long at 336 pages, and the chapters are not too long, so it is very easy to read a chapter a night- if you have the will power to be able to put the book down!
The story is of a young girl who loses her way in life- she hates her father for taking his life and taking away her and her mothers lives, she thinks he is selfish and a disgrace to her and her family- remembering the bad times, she makes him out to be a heartless man who never did anything for anybody, but sometimes these little flecks come through of a man who was actually nice, he did everything for his wife and daughter and loved them both very much. This is an important part of the story which you extract throughout the pages, and reading behind Tamara's words. Her life was so important to her, the way she looked, the material things she had in it, they were all so important to her, and now she has none of it, will she ever get her life back?
It is so hard to generalise on a genre of this book as it has elements of it all- comedy, drama, romance, thriller, even action and horror at times! So I cannot really give it a genre!
This book is definitely one for all Cecelia Ahern fans, this book is definitely better than her last book The Gift, and is on par with her other books!
I am giving this book a perfect 10 out of 10, there are no bad points for me!
I have just finished reading The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern and really enjoyed it. I loved her first book - PS I Love You, but was slightly disappointed with the other books she has written since. But this one was great.
The story is about a girl, Tamara Goodwin who loses her Father and moves to her Aunt and Uncles with her grieving Mother. She is taken from the environment she grew up in and is cut off with not much to do, in a gatehouse in Kilsaney Castle. She meets a a few new friends and finds a leather bound book in a traveling library that changes her life.
She looks back at her teenage years and regrets the way she treated her Father.
I love the style of Cecelia's writing and I couldn't put the book down. She really draws you in. She writes mystical and magical plots well and the storylines are normally very good. This book has many twists and turns and I was gripped with the ending.
I would recommend this book to anyone thinking of reading it, and I love Cecelia Ahern as a writer.
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