the book of tomorrow Book Review


the book of tomorrow

Author: Cecelia Ahern
Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks
Released: July 24th, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Characters: Tamara Goodwin, Jennifer (Tamara’s mother), George Goodwin, Rosaleen and Arthur Kilsaney, …

“They say a story loses something with each telling. If that is the case, this story has lost nothing, for it’s the first time it’s been told.”
― Cecelia Ahern, The Book of Tomorrow

Synopsis :

It is a mesmerizing story of a teenage girl coming face-to-face with grief, growth, and magic in the Irish countryside, after a mysterious book begins to reveal her own memories from one day in the future. (Source: Goodreads)

“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.”
― Cecelia Ahern, The Book of Tomorrow

Plot :

I adore how Cecelia Ahern started off this book. The starting of this book is written beautifully and it attracted me immediately and I was engrossed. Then, events after events started to be occuring. The lead character, Tamara’s dad passed away by commiting suicide. Afterwards, they needed to move to countryside to live with their relative. Starting from there, mysteries and secrets started to reveal as the curious Tamara investigated the ruined castle, her weird aunt, Rosaleen and found out about a diary that revealed to her the secrets of tomorrow. All these events then led Tamara to a bigger secret of her life. The middle part of the story bored me a little as it was lengthy for my preference. But the climax instantly pulled me back into the story and it was my favourite part and it made me kept reading, filled with excitement. The ending for me was perfect and it satified me with great details of justification for all the mysteries and secrets that were told in the book.

“I’ve realized, though, that when people are washed up, they haven’t been just torn apart – they’re the survivors.”
― Cecelia Ahern, The Book of Tomorrow

Characters :

First of all, I love the development of the main character, Tamara. She was a character that deserved to be adored and complimented. From a brat she turned into this wise and thoughtful young lady. It was such a pleasure to see her grew throughout the book. Sister Ignatius is one of the significant character. She gave away the most hints about who Tamara really was, she was also very compassionate, kind and loving. There was something that she kept mentioning, which made her character so important and relevant to the book. There are also characters like Rosaleen and Arthur, whom both played important role in the development of the book.

“Books have the power to heal, to teach, to comfort, to force us to face whatever it is we need to face, to entertain, to help us escape. Books are the perfect companions. They will be not what we want them to be, but what they truly are. They are true and real and honest.”
― Cecelia Ahern, The Book of Tomorrow

My thought on the book :

As a reader who read Cecelia’s book for the first time, ‘the book of tomorrow’ had left a good impression in me. This book had undoubtedly covered a lot of aspects, such as family, social life, love, secrecy, and also magic. I mean not all author are capable of doing that and she did such a great job in combining all the elements in this book. I love how it started and how it ended. I admit that the middle part of this book kind of bored me a little, it was draggy for me. However, the ending was a good turn over. The explanation at the end of the story gave a completed and satisfying ending to the readers. I also love how Cecelia Ahern wrote the book with all these hints and little details, which in the end completed the jigsaw puzzle. Overall, it was a pleasant and wonderful read. I highly recommend ‘the book of tomorrow’ to all readers. 🙂

Rating: 4 / 5 stars


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