Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

Book Details
The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern
Hardcover, 320 Pages
2011, Harper
ISBN: 0061706302

Born into the lap of luxury and comfortable in the here and now, spoiled, tempestuous Tamara Goodwin has never had to look to the future—until the abrupt death of her father leaves her and her mother a mountain of debt and forces them to move in with Tamara's peculiar aunt and uncle in a tiny countryside village.

Tamara is lonely and bored, with a traveling library as her only diversion. 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 inside takes her breath away.

Tamara sees entries written in her own handwriting, and dated for the following day. When the next day unfolds exactly as recorded, Tamara realizes she may have found a solution to her problems. But in her quest to find answers, Tamara soon learns that some pages are better left unturned and that, try as she may, she mustn't interfere with fate.

What if you could know what was going to happen tomorrow? Would you change the future with that knowledge? That's the premise of The Book of Tomorrow.

When Tamara's dad dies, she and her mother move to the country to live with her aunt and uncle. Her mother sleeps all the time, her aunt acts shifty and her uncle doesn't say much of anything. Tamara finds a diary of sorts that already has the next day's entry written. Using this knowledge of tomorrow, she changes the future while trying to help her mom get better and figure out what her aunt is hiding.

Tamara is a realistic, if not always easy to like, character. She's been spoiled all her life and her new circumstances don't please her. She makes poor choices that not only effect her, but the people around her. She learns and grows throughout the book, but it's a long, hard road to becoming a less obnoxious person.

Tamara may rub readers the wrong way, causing them to find it a bit hard to root for her, but The Book of Tomorrow's wonderful fantasy based premise and the unexpected, outstandingly plotted mystery makes it a worthwhile read.


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