The Book of Tomorrow

The Book of Tomorrow

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“A sweet, life-affirming tale . . . with a liberal sprinkling of magic.”
Marie Claire (UK)

“Filled with family secrets, intrigue, and magic aplenty.”
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Bestselling author Cecelia Ahern follows The Gift and P.S. I Love You with the mesmerizing story of a teenaged girl coming face-to-face with grief, growth, and magic in the Irish countryside, after a mysterious book begins to reveal her own memories from one day in the future. Perfect for long-time fans of Ahern, as well as for younger readers coming to her for the first time, The Book of Tomorrow’s strong voice and sophisticated storytelling mark an instant new classic from this already beloved author.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307881502
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2011

About 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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Book of Tomorrow 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 134 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.
lahochstetler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is best described as chick lit with a magical twist. Dublin teenager Tamara Goodwin has lost everything. Her father has committed suicide, leaving the family in debt and leading to them losing their home. Tamara's mother is so overwhelmed by grief that she sleeps all day and rarely gets out of bed. She and her mother have been forced to move in with an aunt and uncle who live in the middle of nowhere. If all of this was not bad enough something strange seems to be happening in Tamara's new home. Aunt Rosalind is evasive, and she refuses to let Tamara see her mother. The garage remains mysteriously locked, and Tamara is ordered not pursue any of her curiosity about the surrounding area. Most significantly, she acquires a diary that writes entries for her, foreshadowing the next day's events. The course of the plot of this book is rather predictable, though the magical elements do offer a sort of interesting twist. I don't generally read books with any kind of fantastic elements, but I did think that Ahern offered just enough here to create interest without overdoing. The magic did not necessarily always seem logical. I know, it's magic, but whether Tamara could change the future or not did seem to vary from day to day. Probably the best thing about this book is the setting, on the grounds of a ruined castle and an old convent. The setting was somewhat magical in and of itself, and it definitely added to the atmosphere.
SilversReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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. 5/5This book was given to me free of charge by the publisher for an honest review.
ReviewsFromTheHeart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I initially jumped at the idea of reading this book, based on this synopsis from the back cover, " 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 is written inside is not only impossible and magical...it's her future." Sounds like a perfect book to me. What I discovered however lacked the motivation to get me through reading one boring page after another.So many times, I set this one aside trying to find a reason to pick it up and finish it, much like a meal I know I should eat, but because it lacks in flavor, I find it difficult to attempt a second time. However, pushing through each chapter was lacking in what drives a reader to continue reading. I found it lacked in virtually every area.The book begins with the suicide of Tamara Goodwin's father who left the father piled in debt and now is being forced out of their home when it's foreclosed on. Rather than face his responsibilities, he took his own life, leaving Tamara and her mother, who lived in an opulent and luxurious lifestyle now forced to living with her aunt and uncle who don't seem to care much other than it's their duty to take family in. Her Uncle speaks in mucus snorts, nods and grunts and her Aunt is so completely consumed in her OCD world, that Tamara is forced to find something to do outside of the home. She is snobby, spoiled and is very vocal on her displeasure with how her life turned out. Your typical spoiled rich girl losses everything and now has to deal with life, type of story.Her mother is consumed with despair at losing her husband, unbelief that he left them destitute and is now residing with her family to make ends meet. She doesn't seem to care that she still has a daughter who needs her care other than finding them a place to live. Tamara's reckless lifestyle before all this happened with promiscuous sexual encounters, drinking and party's with her rich and wealth friends, made me want to leave this book sitting on the nearest counter and hope never to pick it up again. The only good thing about this particular book was it did end. However that being said, there are some readers that would probably enjoy this book, but for me, this one did not appeal to the book lover in me. I was hoping for more, considering I did enjoy this author's novel, P.S. I Love You but it wasn't something I enjoyed at all.I received The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review and I'd have to rate this one a 1 out of 5 stars based on my own personal standards listed on my book review criteria. Readers may be warned that this book does contains strong language and sexual content. I would also caution you that you might want to check out other reviews before making a decision to read this book. Remember that not all books appeal to all types of readers and it's hard when I have to make a tough decision like this to write an honest review based solely on my own personal opinion of what I thought of the novel.
pam.furney on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Readable but entirely unbelievable and not very interesting.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tamara's father has died and she and her mother move from Dublin to the country to live with her uncle and aunt. She finds a diary that seems to be blank, but every night the pages fill with the events of tomorrow in her own handwriting. Also, her aunt is very secretive and seems to be hiding something from her. While dealing with her father's death, her mother's grief and a difficult adjustment to country living, she find that there are many family secrets to discover.Although I found Tamara a bit spoiled and irritating, I was entranced by the magic of the diary and eager to learn what Aunt Rosaleen was hiding, and that kept me turning pages. I did set this down, though, quite often to read something else. It was ok.
bookczuk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you found a book that, in your own writing, told you what tomorrow held? Would you change it? Would you just muddle on to see if the book was right?Cecelia Ahern explores this idea in a YA novel that combines magic with mystery, and a lot of growing up. Tamara Goodwin goes from riches to rags, and along the way finds some humanity. I picked this up getting Ahern confused with another writer, but ended up being pleasantly not disappointed in reading the tale. I particularly liked the last chapter's title "what we have learned today." Sometimes, a summary like that would be helpful for me, in my life, I think.
Rachissy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a bit different than I had anticipated. Instead of a sweet love story, I got a little mystery and suspense but that's ok. Tamara is a bit of a spoiled snot in the beginning and I had a hard time connecting to her but she does learn and grow through the book and she becomes a much more sympathetic character.As the story progressed I knew something was up with Tamara's relatives. Aunt Rosaleen was too creepy to not be hiding anything. I actually suspected it was going to go all Flowers in the Attic on me so I was quite pleased when it didn't go down that route. However, the closer we got to the end the more apparent the big secret was and I was not terribly surprised when all was revealed. Of course, the story was told from Tamara's point of view and she herself was a little slow on the uptake. So it could be that we, as readers, were supposed to know at that point and wait for Tamara to catch up. I found myself several times wanting to shake her and scream 'why is this so difficult to understand!' But, I suppose that denial is a powerful thing. Powerful enough to make you deny what is so plainly clear.All in all, I really enjoyed the book. It was a fun, pleasant read. I stayed up pretty late last night to finish it and that says a lot. Sleep is a big deal for me, so I don't sacrifice it unless I just can't stop reading. I recommend it for anyone looking for a good, light read with a little mystery to it.
karenlisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Book of Tomorrow By Cecilia Ahern Tamara Goodwin leads the idyllic teenage life in Dublin Ireland. That is until her father dies and she and her mum are left with nothing but debts and regrets. They move in to stay with family in a small village on the grounds of an ancient castle. Tamara is lonely and sad with no prospects for improvement. One day Tamara finds a diary that is filled with magical entries regarding her future. As Tamara learns to trust and love again she grows up quickly and family secrets that have been buried for many years are slowly revealed. All of Ms. Aherns books are filled with magical hope and a dash of surprise. This story is both entertaining and heartwarming, just an easy smile and who couldn't use a dose of that?
voracious on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After 16 year-old Tamara's father kills himself, Tamara and her mother discovered that he had been hiding their perilous financial situation from them, which had culminated as the bank began foreclosing on their house. With few options left, Tamara and her mother move back to a remote Irish town to live with her aunt and uncle. Soon after moving in, her mother falls into a seemingly deep depression and is unable to get out of bed. Tamara begins to suspect that her aunt Rosaleen is harboring secrets from her as both her and her uncle Arther refuse to answer questions about their family, situation, and various topics. At the same time, Tamara comes upon a blank journal that mysteriously reveals a new entry every day in Tamara's own handwriting, describing in detail the events that would transpire the next day. As Tamara uses the book to help determine the course of her future, she finds that many family secrets have been hidden from her. Book of Tomorrow is part teenage romance and part supernatural mystery. I thought this novel was better than I expected, though it was a little slow to get into, as Tamara was a spoiled brat who tended to make obnoxious, impertinant comments to everyone in the story. After she aquired the journal, I feel the story picked up and became more exciting. I would recommend this book, though the Tamara was not a model teenager as she frequently swore, engaged in sex, drank alcohol, and smoked in the book. Maybe not the best role model if one was looking to pass it on to an impressionable teen.
jewelknits on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I usually do a bit of a plot synopsis, but the publisher description in this case is pretty good at it.Tamara admits that she is selfish, spoiled and ungrateful ... she really is. You probably won't like her much at the beginning, but she kind of grows on you. She's terrible to her aunt Rosaleen, who seems quietly maternal. After all, Rosaleen and Arthur (her mom's brother), take them into their small gatehouse outside of Kilsaney Castle, where Arthur works as a groundskeeper. With Jennifer, Tamara's mom, pretty much staying in her upstairs room all day, you'd think Tamara would better take to Rosaleen's mothering efforts.Tamara spends time exploring the grounds where she meets Sister Ignatius, a nun and beekeeper, who is more than a match for Tamara and her wisecracks. Tamara is puzzled when Sister Ignatius, who apparently has been around since Jennifer lived in the area before, believes Tamara to be a year older than she is.When Tamara finds a book in a traveling library that contains her own handwriting, she is surprised to say the least. The book appears to talk about the happenings of her day, and when everything happens as written the next day, the previous entry disappears and is replaced with the next tomorrow.There are some deeper and more intertwined mysteries as well, and it makes it interesting as we puzzle out whether Rosaleen is really good or bad and what sort of secrets she may be keeping. Who lives in the mysterious cottage across the lane? Why hasn't her mother snapped out of whatever is keeping her confined to her room? Will anyone believe Tamara as she inches closer to the truth?Although Tamara does have a bit of a smart mouth, she's still really funny, and you can't help but like her after a time.Altogether, a very interesting and fun read, with a few mysteries to solve. I liked it. It makes a good older YA read as well as a good adult read.QUOTES (from an ARC; may be different in final copy):I loved him, of course, but I know my dad wasn't a good man. He and I rarely spoke and when we did, it was to argue over something, or he was giving me money to get rid of me."Not so many people want to be nuns these days. It's not, what you'd say, cool?""Well, it's not just that it's not cool, which it totally isn't, no offense to God or anything, it's probably just a sex thing. If you were allowed to have sex I'd say loads of girls would want to be nuns. Though at the rate I'm going, I'll be joining you." I rolled my eyes.Dad deserved his success, he just needed a master class in humility. I could have done with one too. How special I thought I was in the silver Aston Martin in which he drove me to school some mornings. How special am I now, now that somebody bought it from a depot of repossessed cars for a fraction of the price. How special indeed.Writing: 4 out of 5 starsPlot: 4.5 out of 5 starsCharacters: 4 out of 5 starsReading Immersion: 4 out 5 starsBOOK RATING: 4.25 out of 5 stars
GRgenius on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tamara Goodwin has it all¿or rather had before her life took an unexpected detour to ¿I-wish-I-wasn¿t-here¿-ville. Living the life with family and friends, her days were spent in school, but her nights and weekends were for partying, jet setting, and living it up on the town until one day all the glitz and the glamour fell away to reveal a frightening truth that would shake her world to its core. It seems that while everything on the surface looked ordinary, trouble was brewing dark and deep, in this case¿money trouble. Her father did his best to take care of it all but when things finally got the best of him; he sought the only exit he could see before it all came tumbling down around them. His rash actions did not leave behind the intended results as his widow and child were now forced from their (non) humble abode and into the waiting arms of Arthur and Rosaleen Byrne¿her mother¿s brother and his wife. But things are not always what they seem, my dear friends as Tamara is soon to discover. Though the grounds are majestic, the house quaint, and the hospitality welcoming, she can sense an undercurrent of secrets and lies¿.just what or whom they are about though is anyone¿s guess or at least it was until a certain book came into her life. This wasn¿t just any book though; this was a journal and it held a special magic all its own. The question is will Tamara discover the secrets it truly holds before it¿s too late?What to say about this one without giving away the story! To put it simply...it was AWESOME. When I saw this title being promoted, I was immediately taken aback by the cover art. It¿s not that there is something dramatic going on or a dizzying amount of patterns to contend with; it¿s the simple beauty that speaks to the ever curious soul. Toted as Fiction but would be just as at home on the Young Adult shelf (and with readers of the genre) seeing as how our lead character is a young lady of sixteen years. Aside from the beautiful descriptions of time and place that draw forth images AND emotion in one sweep of the eyes, the characters are completely tangible. Tamara was the snarky little sixteen year old feeling like a duck out of water due to her family¿s quick move and change in lifestyle¿not to mention the death of her father...always looking for something more. Her mother, though seemingly lost in her own mind, has her moments of lucidity but instead of them being reassuring, they just add to the already heightened sense you have that something is not quite right. Arthur and Rosaleen mean well though their stability is questionable and both of our young male love interests are written as half delinquent, half prince (Marcus and Weseley). Together they make an unusual family portrait to be certain but a family of sorts nonetheless based on their connections to each other through blood and acquaintance.For as much beauty as there is though, there¿s also plenty of mystery, secrets dark and buried deep, and...humor. No really...in the strangest of places you¿ll happen upon a passage that you just can¿t help but smile, laugh, or downright guffaw at. I could literally quote at least one passage from each chapter and it would never get old¿though I won¿t to save you the trouble of reading it here and then once again in the actual book. In the end, I believe it¿s clear...I LOVED this book. It was surprising and beautiful in all the right ways and I can¿t recommend it enough. There is one warning that I will pass on to you readers, the last chapters are a DOOZY. There is so much to absorb you may find yourself rereading a section or two, but don¿t worry...it ties everything together quite nicely. Trust me. Happy reading!
swivelgal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am pleasantly surprised by this book. Tamara, a teenager, finds a diary written in her own hand that tells her stories about tomorrow. The premise is potentially a backdrop for a melodramatic teenage life. Not so. Tamara is more like Flavia DeLuce than an average teenager. When her family behaves strangely and the writings in her diary emphasis the secretiveness, Tamara begins an historical expedition into a family secret. My only critique stems from reading far too much. I believe it to be bad story telling to begin a story in a monologue talking about telling the story. Just get to it. The beginning of the book was so unimpressive to me that I forgot it entirely by the end. But hey; the book ends on a good note allowing me to rate it as one that I might read again and would recommend to a friend.
Indygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tamara's life is uprooted when her father kills himself. She and her mother have to move away to live with "family". Her mother becomes more distant, never talking or leaving her bed. Tamara starts to suspect her Aunt is up to something. Then Tamara stumbles upon an empty journal that begins to forcast the next day's events. The book helps her unlock all the mystries of her family, where she is at and her past. Very fast paced...I couldn't put the book down.
ForSix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was thrilled to receive an advance copy of The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern. Saying she is one of my favorite authors is an understatement. She has the awesome ability to write for the heart and she definitely delivered in this novel. Ms. Ahern captivated my attention from the very beginning. She also completely surprised me. For starters, I wasn¿t expecting to like Tamara as much as I did. She starts off as a self-proclaimed spoiled brat and yes, she totally acted like one. But after a tragedy she could never imagined takes place, she is forced to look at her selfish ways and change. Everything. With the help of a fascinating cast of characters and a magic diary, Tamara goes on the adventure of her life without leaving the tiny village with its very own decrepit castle. Right away Tamara finds a kindred soul in this castle, it¿s as beat up and broken as she is. I really enjoyed all the characters, especially Arthur, Tamara¿s uncle. You can tell how much he loved Tamara, how his silence was there to protect her more than anything else. I loved her creepy Aunt Rosaleen and the way she was like a ghost, always watching. And that¿s what started my wheels turning. I can¿t remember the last time I was genuinely surprised at an ending in a novel. I didn¿t see it coming at all. Ms. Ahern didn¿t give anything away, all things were discovered to us along with Tamara. The other character that I wholly loved (pun intended) was Sister Ignatius. I have this odd fascination with nuns. My favorite calendar is my Nuns Having Fun calendar. On my desk at work I have Nun-chucks and Nun Bowling. I have a newspaper clipping of a sneaker wearing nun playing softball hanging in my closet. Yes, I¿m odd and I¿ll admit, maybe it¿s more of an addiction than a fascination. Sister Ignatius is exactly the kind of nun I would be if I ever was a nun. She¿s an artistic, funny, smut novel reading awesome creation. She was the perfect friend for Tamara in her new life.I loved this novel so much because it made me think of my own book of tomorrow. I made me wonder what I would do. Actually I wouldn¿t have to wonder at all, I know I would open that thing in a heartbeat. I would want to know what was going to happen to me. I¿d rather have regrets for things I did than things I didn¿t do. Plus, it¿s a great way to stay out of trouble. I loved the idea of Tamara knowing what her future held. It¿s like receiving a cheat sheet on life. I loved that she had the ability to either keep it that way or change it. I loved that what I thought was going to happen, didn¿t, that it was better than I could ever imagine. Most of all, I loved watching Tamara change, watching her mature. Ms. Ahern did a wonderful job of maturing Tamara without changing the core of who she is. Now go. Go on and get your very own copy of The Book of Tomorrow. You can¿t borrow mine.
indygo88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although it's not labeled as such, this seems more a young adult novel, and I have no problem with that since I read a fair amount of that genre. The language is a bit foul at times, and that may be the justification behind that. At any rate, I had some mixed feelings about this one. Both the cover and the title were appealing to me, and I must admit, I raced through this book pretty quick. I liked the storyline -- teenaged girl's father commits suicide, leaving she & her mother desolate & forced to move to the country to live with relatives. While there, secrets begin to emerge, seemingly triggered by a diary which magically writes entries one day ahead of time. Ultimately, I liked the way the story unfolded, but the writing style itself could've been better. I found myself wanting to be an editor & tweak things here & there. As I said, I liked the storyline, but I almost felt like I could've written it better, and it made me want to.
ReadingWithMartinis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading Cecelia Ahern is like reading magic. She draws you in with her amazing prose and keeps you intrigued with characters you connect with and care about. I adore her writing.The Book of Tomorrow was very good. I think the descriptions provided by Goodreads and Amazon are a bit misleading. Yes, there is a diary that foretells the events of the next day for Tamara, but I would not say that it is the focus of the novel.This novel is extremely character driven and primarily focused on Tamara Goodwin and the drastic changes to her live after the death of her father. Her entire life is changed and not just because her father has died. In the wake of his death, financial problems plague Tamara and her mother, and they are forced to go live in the countryside with relatives. Tamara has to leave her friends, the home and town she grew up in, and her lifestyle. Tamara¿s struggle with these issues and how she learns to navigate her new life are the focus of this book. The magical diary comes into the story rather late and is really more of an interesting side note than the full focus of the novel.Tamara is a great character. She is snarky and amazing and smart and open¿she is exceptional. Sometimes, I wasn¿t sure if I loved or hated her, but by the end of the novel I totally adored her. I loved her spunk and how she handled herself in situations that would have thrown other 17-year-olds for a major loop.The Book of Tomorrow didn¿t read particularly quickly for me, but that doesn¿t take away from the enjoyment of it. The book is dense in detail and character development.I loved this book. I would absolutely recommend it!