Title: The Book of Tomorrow
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Pub Date: January, 2011
Genre: Realistic Fiction with Fantastical Elements
Rating: Add to the top of your to read pile
The magical new novel from number one bestseller Cecelia Ahern. Tamara Goodwin has always got everything she's ever wanted. Born into a family of wealth, she grew up in a mansion with its own private beach, a wardrobe full of designer clothes and all that a girl could ever wish for. She's always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow. But then suddenly her dad is gone and life for Tamara and her mother changes forever. Left with a mountain of debt, they have no choice but to sell everything they own and move to the country. Nestled next to Kilsaney Castle, their gatehouse is a world away from Tamara's childhood. With her mother shut away with grief, and her aunt busy tending to her, Tamara is lonely and bored and longs to return to Dublin.When a travelling library passes through Kilsaney Demesne, Tamara is intrigued. Her eyes rest on a mysterious large leather bound tome locked with a gold clasp and padlock. What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its core.-- From Goodreads
I haven't read many "adult" books recently, but this one sounded really interesting and more YA than Adult fiction to me. This one was certainly a good choice for a slight venture out of YA.
Cecelia's writing style is wonderful, and even though I couldn't stand Tamara for the first 40-50 pages I kept reading. Tamara is a spoiled brat and I had a hard time relating to her; and being able to relate to the characters is what usually draws me into a book initially. But for some reason I was still attached to her and wanted to read her story. Maybe it was the excellent introduction that gave just enough mystery that you have to keep reading, but not so much that you can already see the whole plot.
Plus she can write some excellent plot twists and I love really good plot twists that change everything up right before the end. The book kept getting more and more interesting as Tamara got closer and closer to figuring out the truth about herself and her family. The numerous plot twists all flowed together and nothing in the book seemed to be there just to keep your interest -- it was all building to the final scenes.
The book wasn't what I was expecting, but I was totally hooked from the very beginning.