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The Book of Tomorrow

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by Cecelia Ahern
     
 

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller P.S. I Love You comes an "engrossing new novel . . . filled with family secrets, intrigue, and magic aplenty" (Booklist).

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

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller P.S. I Love You comes an "engrossing new novel . . . filled with family secrets, intrigue, and magic aplenty" (Booklist).

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Spoiled rotten 16-year-old Tamara Goodwin has everything and appreciates nothing--until her gilded lifestyle shatters with her bankrupt father's suicide at the start of this magic-infused suspense novel from Irish author Ahern (P.S. I Love You). Almost overnight Tamara and the shell of what used to be her mother have to vacate their foreclosed Dublin mansion, relocating to her aunt and uncle's modest digs in the depths of the countryside. But there's more going on in County Meath than meets the eye, as the bored girl discovers while exploring the nearby castle ruins. Then danger lands on her doorstep in the form of the locked leather-bound volume she borrows from the local lending library. It proves to be a diary that appears to write itself--one day before the events described. As Tamara starts to tap the book's powers, exposing some painful family secrets in the process, Ahern's tale-spinning prowess keeps the reader riveted. If only her characters were equally satisfying. (Feb.)
Library Journal
After Tamara's father commits suicide in the face of bankruptcy, the teen and her mother must live with relatives in rural Ireland. Away from her posh friends and lavish lifestyle, Tamara is bored and can't quite put her finger on why things in her new home seem a little off. To make matters worse, her mother increasingly spends time locked away in a darkened room, assumed to be severely depressed. When Tamara comes across a ruined castle and a locked diary that reveals entries in her handwriting dated one day in the future, things take a supernatural twist. Can she change the future and possibly get help for her mother, or will all the secrets that eventually come to light only make things worse? VERDICT Ahern has made a definite change in her writing with her recent fiction, going from chick lit to modern fairy tales. The supernatural element doesn't work well in this novel, however, with a buildup that falls slightly flat. Better examples can be found in Allison Winn Scotch's novels or Melanie Rose's Life as I Know It. Still, Ahern has fans from her P.S. I Love You days, so purchase accordingly. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/10.]—Rebecca Vnuk, Forest Park, IL
Kirkus Reviews

In Ahern's latest (The Gift, 2009, etc.), a family's secrets lurk in the ruins of an Irish castle.

Tamara, who is 16 but has always felt older, one day finds herself abruptly evicted from her old life. After her father, George, a mega-rich developer, kills himself in the man cave of his Dublin McMansion, his wife, Jennifer, and Tamara learn that he has lost everything to the global real-estate bubble. They move in with Tamara's country uncle, Arthur, who lives in the gatehouse of Kilsaney Castle with his high-strung wife, Rosaleen. At the gatehouse, Tamara braces herself for a long summer. Her mother is in a near-catatonic state of grief, rarely leaves her bedroom and sleeps most of the time. Rosaleen, when she's not cooking gargantuan meals, is discouraging Tamara from doing almost anything, from getting the mail to trying to persuade Jennifer to get out of bed. While exploring near the Castle, which was gutted by a long-ago fire, Tamara meets Sister Ignatius, who keeps bees in a walled garden. Sister Ignatius promises never to lie to Tamara, but she's oddly circumspect when quizzed about Rosaleen's eccentricities. Boys help relieve the tedium. Should Tamara tell Marcus, the hunk who drives the Bookmobile, that she's still jailbait? There's also winsome Weseley, Arthur's summer helper. Weseley's father, a doctor, makes a house call to treat Jennifer, but Rosaleen drives him away. At the bungalow across the street, Tamara stumbles on enough blown glass to stock several art fairs, but who is the artist? All this would be perplexing enough for Tamara to puzzle out on her own, but Ahern introduces a superfluous note of paranormal activity: a blank diary that periodically tells Tamara,in her own handwriting,what will happen the next day. The diary chronicles the inevitable and the avoidable: It's up to Tamara to figure out which is which.

A far-fetched novel with too much going on.

Booklist
“A veritable modern-day Gothic, Ahern’s engrossing new novel is filled with family secrets, intrigue, and magic aplenty.”
Entertainment Weekly
“[Ahern] takes a more gothic turn in her latest, recasting herself as a lost Bronte sister for the Facebook set. . . . Lovers of stories involving crumbling castles, nefarious family secrets . . . will be ecstatic.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061706301
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/25/2011
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

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; 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 forty-six countries and have collectively sold more than 11 million copies. The daughter of Ireland's former prime minister, she lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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Book of Tomorrow 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful read. The author captures "teenager" absolutely perfectly, which is difficult for many authors. Tamara captures your heart throughout the story. A little magic, a little mystery, and lot of personality earn this book five stars. I would highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one had a slow beginning, but picked up. Not too bad.
LAMorganCT More than 1 year ago
Cecilia Ahern does not disappoint in this amazing book. A story about a teenager coping with the unexpected loss of her father, her mother's unstable mental state and her entire way of life goes to an Aunt and Uncle's in the dreary and isolated country, away from everything and everyone she has known her entire life and finds many unexpected surprises and confusion about herself, who she is, and her family history. Very intriguing; an easy read that quickly captivates the reader into the story. I stumbled across Cecilia Ahern's work quite randomly and found that she is much like Alice Hoffman; with a talent for writing whimsical and magical novels that beckon the reader to keep reading until finished...although when finished the reader feels an almost broken friendship in saying goodbye to the character's and unique story lines. "The Book of Tomorrow" will not disappoint and is a beautiful, intriguing story that unveils many surprises along the way. Enjoy.
Gertt More than 1 year ago
The Book of Tomorrow is the story of Tamara Goodwin, a spoiled young rich girl, who is forced to leave her life of privilege and move to a remote village with her grieving Mother and her secretive, eccentric Aunt and Uncle. Living in the Gatehouse, Tamara is drawn to the mysterious Castle laying in ruins, an elderly Nun that lives in a small convent on the grounds and the cottage across the road. All the characters seem to have secrets of their own and the story holds your interest building to an unexpected ending that leaves you wondering if you, like Tamara, are really who you think you are. The diary of tomorrow adds just the right amount of magic. A good well written story that stays with you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just enough clues handed it throughout book to keep you guessing. First book in a while to keep my interest from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good Read for Teens. I can see how a teenager would like this novel. It is written in first person of Tamara, the main character. The author did well with writing in the form of a teenager. Splashed with some romance and many mysteries tied together. A little too boring in the beginning. Author didn't get to the diary (which is a big piece of the story)Until almost halfway through. I think the author spent too much time on describing Tamara's memories rather than more of the present time. Because of that it left me a bit bored.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book pulled me in and kept me to the end. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cecelia Ahern is a phenomenal writer!  She weaves a tale of mystery and suspense that involves real life characters. I cannot wait to read another one of her books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read in a few days. A different form of a story from her. Ready for something new from her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the concept. It took longer for me to get sucked in compared to her other books. So that is the reason I didn't give it 5 stars. But I liked it!
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Mari-Kate9 More than 1 year ago
a little tough to get into in the first chapter, but i loved it!
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
The Book of Tomorrow is another story by a very talented author who continues to amaze me with the scope of her talent. The Book of Tomorrow revolves around Tamara, a young girl coping with the sudden death of her father and loss of her home. She and her mother are forced to move away from all of her friends to live with her aunt and uncle. Tamara soon meets a boy who drives a travelling library van and he gives her a leather bound book. At first, Tamara is disappointed to discover the pages inside the book are empty, but the magic begins the next day when she opens the book and discovers her own handwriting on the pages detailing the events of tomorrow before it happens! I wasn't sure I was going to like Tamara at first. She comes across as a very spoiled brat carrying a lot of bad manners and hostility. The more I got to know Tamara, I realized how much pain she is in over her father's death and the circumstances surrounding it, the guilt she feels and her fear at her mother's withdrawal into a near catatonic state. This story has a lot of very interesting secondary characters that round out the plot and made it much more intriguing. I quickly got pulled into anticipating what events would be described in the pages for Tamara to discover and try to either alter or allow to occur. I asked myself several times while reading this book if I would want to know in advance what tomorrow brings and I couldn't come up with a definite answer. The idea is very appealing and frightening at the same time. Knowing what is coming forces Tamara to grow up a little bit faster, while making some hard decisions. Fans of Cecelia Ahern's work will enjoy this story immensely. The Book of Tomorrow wasn't my favorite out of the many by her that I have read, but I highly recommend it for its unique story and interesting characters.
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