ARC-Paperback, 310 Pages
January 25, 2011
Born into the lap of luxury, comfortable in the here and now, spoiled, tempestuous sixteen-year-old Tamara Goodwin has never had to look to tomorrow, until the abrupt death of her father irrevocable 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 leather-bound 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, such as what is wrong with her mother and why her family won't 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.
Cecelia Ahern wrote the novel P.S. I Love You. I absolutely loved that book and was excited when Harper Collins sent me this book to read. You really can feel the emotion in this book as you could in P.S. I Love You. I ended up feeling really sad about how Tamara's mother was so distant with her after her father's death. Even though she was read the entries about what was going to happen tomorrow you still wondered what was going to happen next. The above summary really is the only thing that can be said about the book without almost giving away key details, well, for me at least. I really loved that Tamara's last name was Goodwin mainly because that is my last name. My mother read the back of the book when I received it in the mail and ask me to let her read it after I finished which shocked me because she doesn't usually go for the books I like.
Cecelia is truly a talented author. The fact that she can take ideas or "possibilities" and write them out to where they seem more realistic than they really are is just amazing. I haven't read a book of hers I didn't love. The Book of Tomorrow didn't fail to get me to love it either.