Book Review: The Book of Tomorrow by: Cecelia Ahern

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Publish Date: July 24, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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.

Review: Tamara Goodwin is a spoiled brat who has been given everything she ever wanted by her parents. Now that her father is dead and her mother nearly catatonic, she realizes everything was not as idyllic as it seemed. Not that she cared before for anything other than herself, though, so this is a truly rude awakening as they lose everything. She and her mother must now move in with her strange aunt and uncle in the countryside where there isn’t a Starbucks for at least 30+ miles. When a traveling library comes around, she finds a mysterious book with a lock on it. When she gets it open, with help from Sister Ignatius, she realizes it’s a blank diary. Even without Tamara writing in it, it doesn’t stay blank for long. Is it really telling her future? And can she find out the truth and change what will happen?

I liked “The Book of Tomorrow”, even though I hoped we’d learn more about the book’s origins and how they fit with Tamara and her family. I liked most of the characters, especially Sister Ignatius who had a way of teaching without preaching. I liked the journey Tamara took to realize her true worth and her true self. Full of hidden history and mystery, plus evil machinations, “The Book of Tomorrow” is a fascinating look at family, maturity, and love.


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