August 4, 2012

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern: Review {Paperback Release}

The Book of Tomorrow: A Novel
Publisher: Harper Collins (July 24, 2012)
Paperback Release: 336 Pages
Genre: Chick-lit
Cecelia Ahern's Website
From Goodreads. The magical new novel from number one bestseller Cecelia Ahern. Tamara Goodwin has always got everything she's ever wanted. Born into a family of wealth, she grew up in a mansion with its own private beach, a wardrobe full of designer clothes and all that a girl could ever wish for. She's always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow. But then suddenly her dad is gone and life for Tamara and her mother changes forever. Left with a mountain of debt, they have no choice but to sell everything they own and move to the country. Nestled next to Kilsaney Castle, their gatehouse is a world away from Tamara's childhood. With her mother shut away with grief, and her aunt busy tending to her, Tamara is lonely and bored and longs to return to Dublin.When a travelling library passes through Kilsaney Demesne, Tamara is intrigued. Her eyes rest on a mysterious large leather bound tome locked with a gold clasp and padlock. What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its core.

Review by Kate
THE BOOK OF TOMORROW, by Cecelia Ahearn, is an unexpected surprise in this book about a book that tells the future of one sixteen year old girl who has recently moved with her mother into her aunt and uncle's home. Tamara Goodwin is a selfish and snotty teen who is forced to leave her lap of luxury and friends behind when her father commits suicide. She fills her summer with exploring the area around her aunt's home and the castle that resides there. She comes across a book in a traveling library that is blank until one day she finds the pages filled with her writing, dated the next day. She uses the diary to alter her future while uncovering a massive secret that turns her world upside down.

This was an AMAZING novel. I wasn't sure where it was going from the start but once I got into it I found myself not being able to put it down for one second. Days later this book is still on my mind. Tamara was a brat but I liked getting into her head. She knew a lot of things she said and did were wrong but she did them anyway. She was not used to dealing with consequences until she read her own thoughts from the future, realizing how she actually sounded (which was regretful most of the time).

The relationships in this book seemed one-dimentional until you got to the root of the characters. Stunned....is a word that I can't help but repeat when I think about this book. All of the characters are wrapped up in a lie that spanned over a decade and the reveal is just incredible and jaw-dropping. Ahearn has definitely done it again and re-solidified my love for her writing.

This book is relevant to those in their teens and higher, taking you on a journey that will leave you utterly stunned. You think this is just a book about a journal...think again...this is so much more than the diary entries, I highly suggest you read it!

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