Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

Instead of rags to riches, Tamara Goodwin and her mother went from riches to rags.  After Mr. Goodwin committed suicide they were penniless and went from a huge house to a small cottage that Tamara and her mother had to share with relatives.

Enduring her uncle's crude ways, tolerating her aunt's constant cooking and hovering, having no friends around, having nothing to do in this small town, and dealing with her mother's silence was not how Tamara wanted her days to be.  Her aunt and uncle were quite bizarre and seemed to be hiding something.  What it was Tamara had no idea.  Everything was hush hush and Rosaleen seemed to hide behind her huge tables of food and Arthur said nothing about anything.  Tamara wasn't a pleasant young lady to begin with, and this situation didn't improve her mood.

As mean as she was, Tamara was quite funny....always joking about things.  She also kept looking back at her life and wondering if it really had been better when she was rich.   There was a lot of introspection, and the characters' lives were paralleled with inanimate objects and thoughts.  Tamara actually met interesting people in the town and discovered a history of the castle.

The main focus of the book was based on a diary Tamara found in a mobile library that stopped in "Hicksville" once a week.  The diary was quite interesting as well as shocking because of the content.  The content contained something hard to believe.   She would read the diary every day and the next day it would be filled with pages of even more interest.

The book was skillfully written....the author has a great style.  You can actually see the grimaces on the character's faces simply because of the wonderful description; you can also feel Tamara's frustration, and Rosaleen's fear of something.

The book was imaginative, creative, and a book that was difficult to put down.....a marvelous read.  It also was magical and a little out of the ordinary.  Being out of the ordinary made it unique, enjoyable, and appealing.   I liked the characters for the most part, but they were an odd bunch, especially Rosaleen with her odd ideas and her secret ways of dealing with situations and people.

I would consider THE BOOK OF TOMORROW a light read but with undercurrents of secrets, revenge, and jealousy along with a web of deceit and all of it being nicely tied up in the surprise ending. 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge by the publisher in return for an honest review.



  1. I hope you get to read the book.

  2. I love it when a diary or old letters turn up in a book. This sounds fantastic to me!

  3. Sounds fabulous. Going to Goodreads now to find it and add it to my list. Great review, Elizabeth! Thanks!

  4. Thanks Bermudaonion and Karen G.

    It was good.

  5. This sounds like a book that is a little different from the usual story lines. Quirky characters are always interesting.

  6. I've been curious about this one! Sounds like a fun read!