Book summary: Teenager Tamara Goodwin has lived a spoiled life that is shattered when her father commits suicide. Now, with the help of a magical diary, Tamara must learn to look at tomorrow to understand today.
Great quote: "I learned something important that night. You shouldn't try to stop everything from happening. Sometimes you're supposed to feel awkward. Sometimes you're supposed to be vulnerable in front of people. Sometimes it's necessary because it's all part of you getting to the next part of yourself, the next day." ~ Page 166
My thoughts: Teen Tamara Goodwin is thrown into a new world that she really doesn't want to know. With a magic diary and the love for her mom to guide her however, Tamara stops long enough to look around at her life as it is today, all while reading what was written tomorrow in the magical diary.
The beginning of the book was a bit slow as it set the stage for just how self-centered and rude Tamara was in her old life. Once the magic diary is discovered, then the true story of this book takes off. That wasn't until almost 100 pages into the book, though. Typically that's a bit late into the book to really get going, in my opinion.
Once the real mystery started, this book was a page-turner, though! The magical diary and the myriad of family secrets truly kept me guessing. I read late into the night in order to finish this book in one sitting because I just could not figure out what the truth was. Down to the very end, I was still guessing as to how all of these pieces fit together.
The book is told through the eyes of the teen, Tamara. This first-person narrative is quite effective in this book because Tamara is seemingly the last person in the family to understand what is going on around the house. The Book of Tomorrow is an entertaining book, with just enough dysfunction and magic thrown in to keep a reader guessing about the next page.
Beginning with a suicide and ending with massive revelations of family secrets, this book is a bit sad. Sassy Tamara keeps her aunt on her toes and provides some one-liners that are sarcastic and comical, so the book is also funny as well. With family secrets and an inquisitive yet rebellious teen, The Book of Tomorrow is a bit like a dysfunctional family reunion, with a touch of magic thrown in for good measure. The mystery of The Book of Tomorrow is entertaining and well-written.
You might want to know: You can read more reviews of The Book of Tomorrow by checking out the book tour schedule on the TLC Book Tour website. You can also learn more about Cecelia Ahern at http://www.ceceliaahern.ie/.
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Year originally published: 2011 (in America)
Source: I received this book complimentary from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review but the opinion in this review is all mine.
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