3.2.11

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecilia Ahern


I finished this book yesterday, and as some people seemed to find the teaser I shared on Tuesday interesting, I thought I would review it as well. 
First of all, isn't the cover gorgeous? It is also gold in real life. (I think this is the UK cover, you can go to the post titled the tragedy of a girl living in Greece to find out why I have mostly UK covers in my blog.)

The story is this: a girl who is uprooted from her aristocartic, rich life, has to go live in the country with her mother, after losing her father and all of their money. While there, bored and sad, she finds a book in the form of a diary, where she herself, apparently, has already written tomorrow's thoughts today. She reads that and decides what to do guided by her future thoughts.

The premise was very interesting and I thought that the diary idea was played down a bit, I would have liked to see more of it. Anyway, the book was quite good and the mystery really interesting.

 This book has a bit of everything: teenage angst, grief and depression, a mystery of the past, the paranormal diary situation and a touch of romance.
The romance was sweet and tender, with that friendly banter witty comebacks that belong to teenage love, but it wasn't the main theme of the book, it gave more of an accent than anything else. That's why I don't know what this book is, a ya or an adult fiction. It had some language but no graohic scenes.

The main theme of the book is relationships. Parents, siblings, friends, daughters, everything. That;s what made it so touching and realistic. That's what made you want to cry and laugh while reading it. 
It is narrated in first person by the teenage protagonist, Tamara, and through her eyes we can see into her heart and she takes the reader on an amazing journey of self-discovery and growth. 
Towards the end, there is a bit of an adventure and quite a lot of revealing, but the main point of that was to help the characters to heal and mature, so it really fit in well.

This is a good book, even if sometimes the writing seems juvenile and wandering off the point. I took a lot from it and intend to read it sometime in the future. The whole idea of living youe life according to what will happen to you was well-played (although I would have liked it to be more of a prominent theme in the book than it was) and I learned a lot from it about myself.

Rating : 3.5/4
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2 comments:

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

I don't know why I've never heard of this book, but it sounds perfectly well-rounded! Fabulous review! :)

alexandra george said...

thanks so much, your review means a lot to me. you should read this book, I think you will like it :)

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