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Raised in the lap of luxury, spoiled and tempestuous sixteen-year-old Tamara Goodwin has never had to think about tomorrow. But when her world is irrevocably shaken by her father's self-imposed death, she and her mother are left drowning in debt and forced to move in with Tamara's peculiar aunt and uncle in a tiny countryside village.

Lonely and bored, Tamara's sole diversion is a traveling library. There she finds a large leather-bound book with a gold clasp and padlock, but no...

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Overview

Raised in the lap of luxury, spoiled and tempestuous sixteen-year-old Tamara Goodwin has never had to think about tomorrow. But when her world is irrevocably shaken by her father's self-imposed death, she and her mother are left drowning in debt and forced to move in with Tamara's peculiar aunt and uncle in a tiny countryside village.

Lonely and bored, Tamara's sole diversion is a traveling library. 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 takes her breath away—for what's written inside is not only impossible and magical . . . it's her future.

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Editorial Reviews

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.”
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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061706318
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 225,131
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Cecelia Ahern is the author of the international bestsellers PS, I Love You; Love, Rosie; If You Could See Me Now; There's No Place Like Here; Thanks for the Memories; The Gift; The Book of Tomorrow; and The Time of My Life. Her books are published in forty-six countries and have collectively sold more than sixteen million copies. The daughter of the former prime minister of Ireland, she lives in Dublin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Now i dont have to buy the book

    What's with the book report? How full of yourself are you people. We do know how to read for ourselves! Unbelievable..

    11 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Delightful

    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!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

    Non-Stop Deceit

    The Book of Tomorrow - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

    Tamara and her mother Jennifer have moved into the gatehouse occupied by Author and Rosaleen Kilsaney after her father's suicide. After living a life of luxury, never being denied anything, life in the country becomes quite a challenge. Then Tamara has a visit from Marcus and his traveling library.

    'Dear Diary,
    Is that what I'm supposed to write? I've never written in one of these before, and I feel like an absolute dork, beyond words. Okay so, Dear Diary, I hate my life. Here it is in a nutshell. My dad killed himself, we lost our house and absolutely everything. I lost my life, Mum lost her mind, and now we're living in Hicksville with two sociopaths. A few days ago I spent the afternoon with a really cute guy called Marcus who is Vice Present of Dork Central, a traveling library. Two days ago I met a nun who keeps bees and breaks locks and yesterday I spent most of the morning sitting in a ruin- "Ruin" had been crossed out and beside it was: castle on a stairway to heaven that looked very tempting to climb and leap for a cloud that would carry me away from here. Now it's nighttime and I'm back in my bedroom writing in this dorky diary that Sister Ignatius talked me into doing. Yes, she's a nun and not a transvestite, as I'd previously thought.'

    This is the first entry written into the mysterious book found by Tamara Goodwin in the "traveling library." It had no name on the cover nor spine but was sealed with a lock. But with the help of Sister Ignatius, the lock is picked and Tamara is encouraged by the Nun that it might be therapeutic if Tamara wrote her activities and feelings every evening. After giving it a bit of thought, she decides keeping a diary just might be what she needs. That is until she opens the book to write her first entry and finds, in her own hand writing, an entry already entered. Problem is, the entry is dated for the next day's events.

    Finding this quite impossible, Tamara decides to test the diary's words. As the day progresses she remembers what she "had written" and surprisingly it was all happening just as the book had said. To prove this she opened the diary to reread the entry only to find the words disappearing and new words taking form, these becoming the entry for what would happen the next day. After giving this much thought, Tamara decides to see if she can change events by not following the entries that were written for the next day. To her amazement, it actually worked. Now she can change her own history. But should she? What will the repercussions be? Will any changes be for the better or the worse?

    Tamara finds herself pretty much on her own to the grounds around the gatehouse. In doing so, she discovers a "secret garden" cared for by Sister Ignatius as well as a burned out castle. Her curiosity has her wanting to know more about the castle as well as it's fire but when she asks Sister Ignatius, she suggests that she ask her Aunt Roseleen or Uncle Author. But Roseleen is a very mysterious person who refuses to divulge any information about the past. Tamara becomes even more confused as she discovers the "glass woman" and the garden of glass hangings. She has a feeling that these finds must be kept from Roseleen. But for some reason Tamara knows that the castle, the glass woman, Sister Ignatius, Rosaleene and the diary all have a connection.

    5 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

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    Well worth reading...

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Pretty good book

    This one had a slow beginning, but picked up. Not too bad.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    Loved It

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2012

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    Instead of rags to riches, Tamara Goodwin and her mother went fr

    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 for an honest review.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Lovely book

    Read in a few days. A different form of a story from her. Ready for something new from her.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    Kept me engaged

    Just enough clues handed it throughout book to keep you guessing. First book in a while to keep my interest from beginning to end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Good read

    Good story line, well written.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Good Read for Teens. I can see how a teenager would like this no

    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.   

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Loved it

    This book pulled me in and kept me to the end. I loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Cecelia Ahern is a phenomenal writer!  She weaves a tale of myst

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Easy, entertaining read. Unique storyline.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2014

    a little tough to get into in the first chapter, but i loved it!

    a little tough to get into in the first chapter, but i loved it!

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  • Posted February 3, 2014

    The Book of Tomorrow is another story by a very talented author

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Fun

    I hate u

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Ending was lacking behind

    Ending was lacking behind

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Easy read that keeps you turning the page

    Xxxx

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Depressing annoying

    The first person is a spoiled brat. I struggled to get past chapter 7 but by end of chapter 8 I was over it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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