Title: The Book of Tomorrow
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Source: Amazon Vine
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
After her father’s suicide, sixteen-year-old Tamara and her mother can no longer live the luxurious lifestyle they were accustomed to. After all the reason Tamara’s father killed himself was because of his massive debts. As a result, Tamara and her mother go to the countryside to live with Tamara’s uncle Arthur and his wife Rosaleen. It seems like it should be a simple existence, but between the appearance of a mysterious diary and the fact that Rosaleen clearly has secrets that she doesn’t want Tamara to know, it’s clear that there is more going on than meets the eye.
The Book of Tomorrow is a interesting book that is hard to define. The mystery contained within is written in the vein of a gothic mystery, but the protagonist’s age and personality make it seem more like a young adult novel. Whatever it may be, it’s an entertaining book that will keep readers interested from beginning to end.
Tamara was an interesting main character, though she never really fully endeared herself to me. She was a typical teenager, often thinking of herself before those around her, yet at the same time, she had a lot of responsibility thrust on her shoulders. She was concerned for her mother, as she had completely shut down, and didn’t know who she could turn to for help. Additionally, Tamara has no idea whether Rosaleen’s overprotectiveness is just normal concern and inexperience with teenagers, or if there is something more behind her constant questions about Tamara and refusal to answer anything about herself.
At the same time, though, I found Tamara to be a bit of a brat. Yes, her circumstances were difficult, but I felt like she behaved like a snotty child sometimes. Yelling in someone’s ear as loud as you can, just for the attention? Tamara pulled stunts like this all the time, and it really turned me off. It made it more difficult to sympathize with her when the difficult things started rolling in. To be fair, she is honest about the fact that she can be very difficult and is mean on purpose, but that didn’t excuse her behavior for me.
However, I really enjoyed the mystery in The Book of Tomorrow. It was well thought out, and I loved the gothic atmosphere of the abandoned castle and the house full of secrets. Even when I didn’t like Tamara, the mystery definitely kept the book moving forward for me. The addition of the diary just made the book fun.
The Book of Tomorrow definitely isn’t a deep read, but it’s fun and worthwhile if you are looking for something easy. It’s a great book to curl up with on an afternoon and to read in one or two quick sittings. I didn’t love Tamara, but I did enjoy the overall mystery and hope that Ahern chooses to write more books in this vein in the future.