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The Book of Tomorrow

Publication Date: 2 Sept 2010
Format: Paperback

Synopsis

This is a story about how tomorrow can change what happens today...

Tamara Goodwin has everything she ever wanted and she never has to think about tomorrow. But suddenly her world is turned upside down and she has to leave her glamorous city life for a new one in the country. However, Tamara is soon lonely and longing to return home.

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 everything starts to change in the most unexpected of ways...

Critic Reviews

‘A sweet, life-affirming tale’ Marie Claire

‘A magical, absorbing tale’ Closer

'Told with a sprinkling of magic, this is an endearing tale of family, friendship and secrets' Woman

‘There is an almost magical quality in this book’ Irish Post

‘Prepare to become totally immersed in another world . . . filled with laugh-out-loud laughter, tears and morals. Another gem of a story from Cecelia Ahern’ RTE Guide

Reader Reviews

0 out of 5

“What if your future was already written ?” After you have read the novel “The Book of Tomorrow”, written by Cecilia Ahern, you brood over this question again and again. In every free second you will think about your own future like “What would I have done if I had been in Tamara`s situation ? What will my future be like ?” Tamara Goodwin is a sixteen-year-old spoiled rich girl from Dublin – but only till her father committed suicide. Her whole life has turned on its head when she and her mother has to sell everything and go to live with her uncle Arthur and his wife Rosaleen in the country. As Tamara deals with the loss of her father, her mother´s grief and her absolute boredom, she finds an old, large, blank diary that describes what will happen tomorrow – it describes her own tomorrows. As she acts on what happens in the diary, she discovers a dark mystery involving her family and the castle nearby. We read “The Book of Tomorrow” in class – I know it is not a typical school book, but because of that I enjoyed reading it in school. I for myself found the book very interesting to read it in school, it is an entertaining book and I could not wait to find out what happened next. I felt like I had to keep on reading otherwise I would miss something, maybe something important. The plot was interesting and full of unexpected twists. The characters in the novel are very different and that creates a certain suspense between them. I liked how Cecilia Ahern creates Tamara´s character because you could share the feelings and emotions she went through and you could see how she develops throughout the story. But I was a bit disappointed in how little I knew about Tamara´s mother and Laurie. I enjoyed their story but it felt like they were strangers, we never got a taste of who they really were. The ending was good with a whole chapter answering all possible questions in the reader`s mind and filling all the gaps. Overall, I had fun reading it and nevertheless it even dealt with some deep subjects like Tamara´s growing up. I think it will entertain anyone who reads it. by Tamara

Ms. Jones - 08/07/2014   Report abuse

0 out of 5

Before reading “The Book of Tomorrow“, I heard it was a kind of modern fairytale. I don´t really like fantasy books, but this novel, dealing with a magic diary, wasn´t that kind of fantasy. So I really enjoyed reading the novel. It´s about the 17-year-old Tamara whose father committed suicide so that she and her mother have to leave their home and live in the gatehouse of her aunt and uncle Rosaleen and Arthur. Tamara´s mum is grieving very strangely and Rosaleen is very secretive so that Tamara doesn´t have any family members to talk to. But there are a few people helping her and especially there is the magic diary which writes itself and forecasts Tamara´s future. The novel was easy reading because it´s written from Tamara´s view and I could identify well with the 17-year-old Tamara. According to that, the language of the novel is a kind of informal and not very complicated (although I read it in English and English novels used to be hard to read for me in the past). The idea of Cecelia Ahern to include a magic diary is fantastic, because the atmosphere gets mysterious and magic too. Because of Rosaleen being so secretive this mysterious atmosphere is supported and suspense is built excellently. The area where Arthur and Rosaleen live in – with its castle, the house of the nuns, the walled garden and so on – is described primly but not too detailed so I could imagine the setting myself. According to the novel being light reading and the magical atmosphere, I pretty like the plot of it. It contains complicated family relations which are detected during the novel and the suspense is built all right. To conclude I would like to repeat that I really enjoyed reading the novel and – what I didn´t tell before – I had to read it for English lessons and it was a quite excellent novel to read in school because it´s not the typical school novel. Lena

MsJones - 08/07/2014   Report abuse

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Has anyone of you read “The Book of Tomorrow” at school or can you imagine it at all as a book which is read at school? If not, I can tell you that this is possible and it must be said that this book is one of the best books which could be read at school. Now I want to tell you the reasons for this. The first reason is that it isn’t a typical boring school book which needs effort to be read. The story is very interesting and secretive. I think even the title shows this. Due to the fact that there is a “magic diary” in the book, it supports the imagination of people. Moreover, the magical feature of the novel makes the story exciting. The reason for this is that the reader can expect everything to happen because of the “magic diary” which makes the book so unrealistic. Besides, there are lots of different characters helping the book not to bore the readers. The protagonist, for example, is Tamara Goodwin who develops very fast in a positive way and gets very mature. I myself think that this is quite normal if you have a life which changes completely and if you have to take very significant responsibilities like she has to. Furthermore, Cecilia Ahern has used a nice style with lots of metaphors and other a language full of imagery as well as ironies or exaggerations. So, you have more fun while reading. After telling you these things, I´m sure you want to know what the book is about but I don´t want to spoil your suspense and fun while reading the book. However, there is one thing I can tell you: The ending of the story and the development of the plot in the last few chapters are very surprising and nearly everything gets a new meaning and the behaviour of the characters gets more clear than before. All in all, I think you should persuade your teacher to read this book in class instead of allowing them to persuade you to read a boring book which spoils your fun of reading. Have fun!!

MsJones - 07/07/2014   Report abuse

4 out of 5

Well, I have to say that I really enjoyed reading “The Book of Tomorrow”. But can you imagine reading this amazing kind of book for school? No? Well, WE DID! The famous novel “The Book of Tomorrow” deals with a girl called Tamara Goodwin who loses her old luxury life. Her dad had made large debts but had never told his family about it. Being really desperated, he had committed suicide. Now Tamara has to live with her strange aunt and uncle, her mother being in a kind of trance doesn’t even talk. But in this situation Tamara evolves into a responsible and proper young grown-up. Young people can especially learn from Tamara about responsibility and develop their own mind and own opinion. The novel is written from Tamara’s point of view. I think that was an interesting choice because you can understand Tamara’s thoughts and feelings very well and, for the reader, identifying is much easier. On the other hand you don’t know that much about what the other characters think or what there aspiration is. But in my opinion that isn’t too bad. Additionally “The Book of ‘Tomorrow” is really understandable, even if your mother tongue isn’t English. I think a weak point is the plot, because the coherences aren’t always clear. But another strong point is that the ending is totally unclear at the beginning so the surprise in the end is bigger. This novel is also a very extraordinary one as there is no other book I know that tells something similar to this one. But as you might know, Cecelia Ahern is famous for writing amazing novels like “Thanks for the Memories” or “P.S. I Love You”. So to conclude I can say “The Book of Tomorrow” is a very interesting kind of novel and all of you should read it in any case. You’ll love it!

MsJones - 07/07/2014   Report abuse

4 out of 5

I never thought that we would ever read such a book in class, a book as "The Book of Tomorrow" written by Cecelia Ahern. As we read it in class I was mistrustful whether the book would be fun for me to read. But it totally convinced me. For me the characters and their development were the best thing about the book. Mainly Tamara's development is great. The change in her language and behaviour from this rude beginning is very well written. I also think the character of Rosaleen is well created, too. She causes so much tension and anger, she has a strong presence. She makes a good antagonist. There are many different characters which keep the story varied. The book was so interesting to read with this mysterious feeling all the time and I liked the idea of the magic diary. It caused a lot of suspense. Another great thing about the book is that you can always feel with Tamara, you understand her and feel her sorrows and fears. But of course there's a bad thing to say about the book too: All these descriptions of nature or the surrounding area are much too long, too detailed and because of that boring. Despite this I can absolutely recommend the book because the whole time you read it you have this mysterious feeling. You don't know what's going on but with all these weird things happening it's so exciting to find out. I have to say that "The Book of Tomorrow" is one of the best books I have ever read in class. written by RockingSumLP

MsJones - 06/07/2014   Report abuse

0 out of 5

i really like this book! totally amazing! very powerful~ there is a bit of mystery. my heart is thumping so fast when i'm reading this book! i salute you for mixing up different genres in this one a great novels of all time^^

parkririn - 13/06/2014   Report abuse

5 out of 5

I love this book more than anything in Cecelia's other book!! :)

Hanah - 29/04/2014   Report abuse

5 out of 5

I love this book more than anything in Cecelia's other book!! :)

Hanah - 29/04/2014   Report abuse

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