Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

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

I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't quite sure that I would like it as much as I did, but I really liked it. I did get a little caught up in the language. There were a few words or phrases that I'm not familiar with, that would be the difference within the English language. Overall, it didn't trip me up too much that I couldn't figure it out.

I have to say that I always try to figure out what the end will be like after reading the first few chapters. This time I had no clue where that would be. I would have been wrong had I tried to guess. I never expected the ending Ahern wrote. There were so many twists within the plot I was constantly wondering where the story was going. I had a hard time tearing myself away from the story of Tamara Goodwin.

The characters were very vivid and I found myself liking Tamara, even though she was a spoiled rotten brat. I really felt bad for every thing she was dealt. In the end, though, it was all for the best. In the end the actions of all of the other characters made sense and I felt for them all. They all, almost all, had the best of intentions. I can't say that for every single character, though.

I definitely recommend this book, even if it isn't the normal type of book you read. I usually read YA Paranormal. The diary gives this book an undertone of paranormalcy. I really did enjoy it, I look forward to reading other books by Cecelia Ahern. She's a great story teller.

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