The Book of Tomorrow

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The Book of Tomorrow

On the surface P.S. I Love You and The Book of Tomorrow share one thing, the author Cecelia Adhern. However both stories are about the same concept--moving past grief to living again. The Book of Tomorrow exchanges a young widow for a mother and daughter grieving after the husband dies and Ahern's other notable device, that of the husband writing to his grieving wife, is exchanged for the daughter reading entries seemingly written in her own hand dated for the future.

Readers may have trouble liking Tamara as she's what everybody hates about teenagers--selfish, kind of disrespectful and unable to occupy her time without fancy gadgets. She also tends to push blame on others'--it's not her fault she's bored, it's her mother's for making them leave the city. It's not her fault her mother is sick, maybe if others took notice she'd be better. As things unfold she becomes a more relatable person, but at first she grates on the nerves.

A sense of the sinister pervades the book, as Tamara reads the Book of Tomorrow and tries to piece together what exactly is going on in the sleepy town. There's tension, but a whole lot of suspense; anyone who reads or watches the mystery genre will guess pretty quickly who to trust and not, but this book is more about how Tamara gets to the ending resolution much more than the ending itself.

Ahern's lush detailing is mostly misplaced here; Tamara will wax poetic about the countryside or buildings in one breath and then bemoan being stuck in such a place the next. There's no appreciation in Tamara's words, so the prose falls flat at times.

This was a quick read, and the lack of a romance plot made for a refreshing read about a teenager dealing with some otherworldly happenings (albeit of the tamer magical sort). Not necessarily a feel good book, but in the end it was quick and uncomplicated, which on a cold winter's night was certainly a welcome thing.


Book Blurb for The Book of Tomorrow

Born into the lap of luxury, comfortable in the here and now, spoiled, tempestuous sixteen-year-old Tamara Goodwin has never had to look toward tomorrow. Until the abrupt death of her father irrevocably shakes her world. Suddenly all that’s left of Tamara’s old life is a mountain of debt, and she and her mother are forced to move in with Tamara’s uncle and aunt a million miles away from the world she knows.

In this tiny village in the Irish countryside, with no access to Facebook or Twitter, Tamara is lonely and bored—her only diversion is a traveling library run by a cute local boy named Marcus. There she finds a large leatherbound book with a gold clasp and padlock, but no author name or title. Intrigued, she pries the lock open. And what she finds inside takes her breath away.

Tamara finds entries written in her handwriting and dated for the next day. At first, she’s skeptical. But when the next day happens exactly as recorded, Tamara realizes she’s found a way to solve mysteries that are seemingly out of her control, like what is wrong with her mother and why won’t they let the local doctor examine her? And why does her meek Aunt Rosaleen rip the mail out of her hands, prevent her from seeing her mother, and evade questions about their mysterious neighbor? Determined to find answers, Tamara learns that some pages are better left unturned and that, try as she might, she can’t interfere with fate.

An edge-of-your-seat-suspense told in Cecelia Ahern’s signature style, The Book of Tomorrow is an utterly unique story about grief, loss, and how sometimes it takes tomorrow to get us through today.

Cecelia Ahern is the author of the international bestsellers P.S. I Love You, which was adapted into a major motion picture starring Hilary Swank; I Love, Rosie; If You Could See Me Now; There’s No Place Like Here; Thanks for the Memories; and The Gift. Her books are published in 46 countries and have collectively sold more than 11 million copies. The daughter of Ireland’s former prime minister, she lives in Dublin, Ireland.


Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2011 3.50