THE BOOK OF TOMORROW By Cecelia Ahern [Book Review]
I would have never read THE BOOK OF TOMORROW by Cecelia Ahern if I hadn’t won it in a giveaway hosted HarperTeen, but I am so glad I did. When I first started reading I didn’t know anything about the story and it made it that much more exciting, that’s why I’ll try not to give too much away.
In The Book of Tomorrow, 16 year-old Tamara Goodwin and her mom are forced to go live with her uncle and aunt after her father kills himself, leaving them with a mountain of debt. Now away from her friends and her life of leisure in a small village in the Irish countryside, Tamara has to learn to live a different life that she has been used to. But between her catatonic mom, her lack of car, the closest town being 15 minutes away in car and her aunt, Rosaleen, acting pretty peculiar most of time, needless to say Tamara is in dire need of entertainment. She finds some of it through a traveling library run by a cute 22 year-old local boy named Marcus. While scanning through books, Tamara comes upon a particular one that catches her attention. The books is leather-bound with a gold clasp and a padlock, but no title or author name anywhere to be found. Intrigued, she takes the book home with her and pries it open. What she finds written in the book will change her life forever.
As I mentioned, I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading The Book of Tomorrow and so I wasn’t anticipating anything to happen. That said I should warn you that it takes about 100 pages to get to the point where things switch. While that didn’t bother me because I was already enjoying the book by that point, some people might be turned off by it. So I say stick with it because it’s worth it.
While I enjoyed the book for the first 100 pages, I could put it down once I got to what I call “the point of no return.” The book turned into a suspense, mystery story and I couldn’t wait to get to the end to find out what the resolution to all of it would be. And let me tell you it was worth it. I was not disappointed once bit with the resolution.
But the story is only one part of what made The Book of Tomorrow so compelling. Tamara Goodwin would be the other reason. I love her, I absolutely love her and her snappy comments. Even though she calls herself a “horrible person” for saying them, I think that’s what made her such a compelling character. She had a backbone and some pep. I only wish I had been able to come up with half the come-backs she has when I was 16 (or come to think of it, even today!). All I can say is that Tamara brings the story to a new level because of her smart-assness (is that a word?) and I am glad that I was able to spend some time with her while reading The Book of Tomorrow.
So would I recommend you read The Book of Tomorrow? Do I even need to say it? Yes, go out and get it and enjoy the ride!
The Books of Tomorrow will hit the shelves on January 25th, 2011.
And to end how about a couple of fun quotes from The Book of Tomorrow:
“Blank pages waiting to be filled,” she continued with her voice of wonder.
“How exciting.” I rolled my eyes.
“More exciting than an already filled one. Then you definitely wouldn’t be able to use it.”
“Then I could read it. Hence it being called a book,” I snapped once again feeling this place had let me down.
Tamara talking about watching a bluebottle fly trying to get out of the living room, but continuing to fly against the glass over and over:
I wondered if my watching him from the armchair is what it’s like to be God, if there is a God. He sits back and sees the big picture, just as I could see that if the bluebottle just moved up a few inches, he’d be free. He wasn’t really trapped at all, he was just looking in the wrong place. I wondered if God could see a way out for me and Mum. If I can see the open window for the bluebottle, maybe God can see the tomorrows for me and Mum.
Rating: 4 out of 5 | Publisher: Harper | Pages: 320 | Source: Giveaway Prize | Buy on Amazon