Monday, 4 October 2010

The Book of Tomorrow Review

The Book of Tomorrow
-          Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: UK - Harper
The magical and mesmerising story of how tomorrow can change what happens today. Sometimes tomorrow has to start today.
Tamara Goodwin always had everything she wanted. Why would she ever give a thought to tomorrow? But suddenly life takes a difficult turn, and Tamara faces the hard decision to swap her glamorous town living for life in the country. However, Tamara is soon lonely and longing for her old life. Then a travelling library arrives in the village, bringing with it a mysterious leather-bound book locked with a gold clasp and padlock. What Tamara discovers within its pages takes her breath away and shakes her world forever.

The Book of Tomorrow is marketed as a chick-lit book, even the description on the back makes you think it fits in that genre. But one of the things that surprised when I read this is that the main character, Tamara, is actually a teenager. This is actually a rather sweet coming of age story, and would perhaps be better aimed towards the YA market rather than chick-lit. However, that didn’t stop be enjoying it at all.
Tamara has to leave behind her old house, friends and life when her Dad dies and she and her mum move in with her aunt and uncle. It is a sharp change in circumstances for her, used to having anything she wanted and she has to learn how to deal with life in the country and her strangely interfering aunt. Add to that the mystery of the cottage opposite, her strangely catatonic Mum and the Nun in the woods and it feels like there is a mystery in the air...Tamara grows in leaps and bounds during the story and matures as she learns a lot about her family and herself. By the end she feels like a mature young women and someone who could handle anything.
I really enjoyed The Book of Tomorrow. It made a nice change of pace from some of the books I've reading recently. I’ve read most of Cecelia Ahern’s books and she ahas a melodic style that just sweeps you along. I also the love she marries the ‘real-life’ aspect with something fantastic – in this case a diary that tells you about the day before you live it. This adds a slightly more supernatural edge to the story which is never fully explained. In fact to have it explained would ruin the wonder of it for me.
Recommended for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Claudia Carroll. 7.5 out of 10

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