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.
The premise of this book is an interesting one - what would you do if you knew what tomorrow was going to bring? Would you want to know? Would you want to change?
Unfortunately, that premise gets lost in a story from the past. The main character is a 16 year old girl. So, the book sounds like it's meant for an audience that age as well. The tale and secret that emerge are somewhat gothic in nature except not told with the depth and passion of a gothic tale.
In the dedications, the author states that part of the intent of this book was to explore the magic of books. Unfortunately, the magic of the "Book of Tomorrow" is lost in the story being told from the past.
Finally, the book starts by stating that there are people who will believe because they have an open mind and there are people who will disbelieve. I am willing to suspend belief and "believe" through a lot of stories. Unfortunately, this was not one of them.