My copy of Cecelia Ahern’s The Book Of Tomorrow is special to me, because it has travelled all the way from Ireland to India, courtesy my blogger friend Sathej. The author happens to be Irish, I liked her previous novel PS: I Love You, and the premise of this one sounded interesting – these were reasons enough for me to start reading the book immediately, for the Orbis Terrarum 2010 Challenge. I loved the look of the book, too!
The Book Of Tomorrow is the story of a teenager Tamara Goodwin, pampered and spoilt to the core by her rich father. Her life changes for the worse when her father suddenly commits suicide one day, and she and her mother are forced to live with her Uncle Arthur and Aunty Rosaleen. She is constantly worried about her mother, who becomes very quiet after her father’s death. She feels that there’s something wrong at Arthur and Rosaleen’s house, and is desperate to solve the mystery. What’s more, she accidentally comes across a travelling library and finds a diary which tells her, every day, what is going to happen to her the next day – The Book Of Tomorrow!
I have to say, sadly, that I found the book OK-ish. It is more than a few notches below PS: I Love You, and did not evoke quite the same feelings in me. The part about the magical diary was what attracted me to the book, but the diary actually plays a very small part in the story. The story drags in parts, and I found myself getting bored. However, I kept on reading as I HAD to know what happened to Tamara and what the mystery was. That way, the book kept me hooked till the end. I was disappointed with the ending, however. I really liked the plot of the book, and kept wishing it had been developed in a better fashion. In some parts, it was way too dramatic and Bollywoodish.The book did make me want to visit Ireland, though, and see the beautiful castles over there.
I would say it is an average, light read. Not really my cup of tea. Maybe my expectations were too high after PS: I Love You. Maybe you’ll like it better than I did!