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The Book of Tomorrow

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  18,499 ratings  ·  1,837 reviews
From the author of the New York Times bestseller P.S. I Love You comes an "engrossing new novel . . . filled with family secrets, intrigue, and magic aplenty" (Booklist).

Born into the lap of luxury and comfortable in the here and now, spoiled, tempestuous Tamara Goodwin has never had to look to the future—until the abrupt death of her father leaves her and her mother a mou...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Melinda
The first thing I should say is that I picked this book up about 4 hours ago and haven't been able to put it down since. It isn't a short book, it runs just over 300 pages, but I simply couldn't stop reading. The story of loss and finding yourself again afterward hits close to home. I too have lost a parent - my mom, suddenly a week before my 19th birthday. Many of the feelings were familiar ones. The unexpected anger at someone, the sudden crying at anything sad, are all true to life. However,...more
♥ Becky  22
Oh, Cecelia Ahern, how I love you.

"The Book of Tomorrow" was unbelievably good. It was a modern fairytale. It was magical. It was mysterious. It was heartwarming and sad and funny and amazing.
It was one-of-a-kind and spooky and I'm running out of adjectives here, so I'm just going to say that I really, really loved it.



Cecelia Ahern's (still don't know how to pronounce her last name) books are really hard to explain. There's always this touch of magic in her stories, that makes the ordinary fas...more
Rachel
I have read all of Cecelia Ahern's books after falling in love with her book P.S. I Love You. I'm sad to say that her 2 latest books, this and The Gift, have been major disappointments for me. This one is the worst yet.

I absolutely loved the premise of this book. The main character finds a book with entries in her writing from the next day. She then uses that information to influence how she will live her next day. I was looking for a whimsical read when I picked up this book, and was sorely dis...more
Sharon
Sixteen year old Tamara Goodwin is a very spoilt teenager who has everything she needs and wants and so much more. That is until the day her father commits suicide leaving her and her mother, Jennifer with nothing but debt. With no options left they are forced to live with Tamara's aunt, Rosaleen and uncle Arthur. Not long after moving in Tamara's mother seems to fall into a deep depression and she is unable to get out of bed. Tamara is concerned about her mother, but is told by her aunt that sh...more
Aimee
Wow. I'm really shocked by this book. My jaw is literally on the floor with the content in this book especially being marketed to young adults (which is ages 15-21) 15 uses of the F word. Seriously? Wow. Every other swear word was also used, multiple times. The book is filled with sex, talk of sex, and references to sexual things which I just found crass. I'm really, really disappointed in this book. There would be these moments when I think "that was really great writing", or I loved an idea. T...more
Nancy
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. Nest...more
Katsumi
I really enjoyed this book. I wish it had existed when I was a teenager. Still I couldn't put it down even as an adult. This mystery had me up late at night wanting to know what happens next. The idea of a diary that told about tomorrow today hooked me in. This is a coming of age story that had all the grit of reality with some exciting mystery thrown in. You really care about the characters. They are real and complex. It dealt with difficult themes that many teenagers have to face either in the...more
Joanie
After thinking about this book for a bit I've decided on 3 stars, not 4. This book could not decide what it wanted to be. It's all gold and purple and sparkly and it starts out like chick lit but it really wants to be a dark, gothic novel. Okay, maybe not so dark but definitely gothic-a crumbling castle, mysterious people living in little cottages, to say more would be to step into spoiler territory but you get the point. And while I'm totally okay that there was no explanation given for the mys...more
Quincess Za
What We Have Learned Today. This is the last chapter of the book & I find it quite amusing. I love it. I like the part when Tamara said "Maybe some day when I'm in trouble again I'll dig it up & see what it has to say. But in the meantime, I'll have to find my own way.
Rea Sinfield
Before reading The Book Of Tomorrow I had only read one book by Cecelia Ahern which was The Gift. I did enjoy The Gift but it didn't make enough impression on me to put Cecelia Ahern at the top of my favourite authors list and so I did not rush out to find any of her other books. When searching for a book I always try my Library's returns section and this is where I found The Book Of Tomorrow. From the cover it looked to me to be a bit of a mystical book, and when reading the back for further in...more
Novel Novice
Fans of Cecelia Ahern’s work will no doubt love her latest novel, The Book of Tomorrow, but typical YA readers may have a more difficult time getting into this beautifully written, but slow-paced story about a spoiled teen girl who learns some hard lessons about life, fate and how your actions affect the world around you.

The story follows Tamara after the suicide of her father. She’s grown up rich and spoiled, but after her father’s death, she and her mother are left with nothing — so they must...more
Nan
I finally finished a book by Cecilia Ahern! And it was good!

I've tried to read Ahern's books before. I tried both Thanks for the Memories and Love Rosie, but I couldn't finish them. For some reason, I bogged down in the middle of the book, and it simply could not hold my interest. Still, I could tell that Ahern was a very good writer, and I kept giving her books a chance because I knew that one of them would work for me eventually.

This one was it.

It's the story of Tamara Goodwin, a very self cen...more
Meredith
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Franziewho
Despite its promising summary, this book is really hard to read. Not that the language would be too difficult or something, it's just the fact, that Cecilia Ahern tends (and I didn't notice that in any other book she's written that I've read) to be over-descriptive and to digress.
In my opinion, the first 140 pages were almost completely unnecessary. During these pages, the protagonist Tamara blathers about how selfish she was and how much her point of view has changed since her father's death. I...more
Susan Buchanan
4.5 stars. I actually had read this book before, but couldn't remember what happened. Ridiculous memory of mine, as the book was fantastic, very different and pretty dark for Cecelia Ahern. Read it!
Daniela Je
This book was a gift from a friend. Maybe I would never come across it myself and pick it. But this happened to be just a wonderfully good surprise! Maybe Cecelia Ahern is right by saying that books choose you. And maybe they find their way of getting into your hands anyhow!! ;)

It has been a while back that I had been so caught up by a fiction book! It's simply irresistible!
Well written, characters are real (it was actually funny to be inside of a teenager's mind and point of view...;), a sprink...more
JackieB
I nearly gave up on this twice. The first time was after reading about a quarter of the book. The plot circled around the same three or four subjects over and over again, largely repeating what the author had already told me. However, just as I decided to give up, the plot had edged it's way to a point where it appeared to be moving forward at a decent pace, so I decided to keep reading. However, although the plot did eventually get moving, some aspects were handled in such a naive way that I ch...more
Livvy
Let’s say this was the second time I attempted to read this book and I only made it through because I was reading along with somebody else. Otherwise, I probably would have marked this book as a DNF. As it was, it got a second star only for the last 10% which had a little more, action, but still did not redeem any of the characters or the story. This is my first Cecelia Ahern book and it’s not giving me a great impression, so I believe it will also be my last.

Let’s start with the main character...more
Jenny
Ahern found her niche in writing magical realism. I appreciate her stories, which take from real life and acknowledge that there is more to life than what meets the eye. There can be such things as magical diaries, and they don't feel out of place because Ahern blends them skilfully with the reality of life in Ireland.
The main character in this book, Tamara, appeals to me because she's not perfect. She changes and grows as the story progresses, but she has a personality, and she makes mistakes t...more
Stories & Sweeties {Becky}
I've read only one Cecilia Ahern book before and really enjoyed it. I really like her writing style, it's very casual and real. She has a knack for slipping back and forth between the dramatic and the hilarious seamlessly. It's what I like about the first book I read of hers (Thanks for the Memories) and it's definitely a good point of this book as well.

Tamara is one of those characters that I think people will have a hard time liking, but I really liked reading her and watching her grow as a pe...more
Ana Luisa
Este foi na verdade o primeiro livro que li desta autora! Apesar de ainda ter alí na minha estante o famoso P.S. – I love you, confesso que fiquei receosa de o ler e ficar com demasiadas espectativas e depois ver-me defraudada, mas tenho que confessar que vou dar uma chance a esse tao famoso bestseller. Com a leitura de “O livro do amanhã” a autora mostra-nos que há sempre uma forma de tornar as coisas melhores, que o futuro pode ser sempre reescrito por nós, que podemos tornarmo-nos pessoas mel...more
PurplyCookie
After being completely disappointed with her ”P.S. I Love You”, I spied upon ”The Book of Tomorrow”--with its stunning cover and an intriguing premise, I decided it was time to give Ahern another go. Admittedly, the beautiful cover did play a part in my decision making also--I have to admit that on this occasion, I did judge a book by its cover.

And now I’m kicking myself for a repeated mistake. The storyline sounded gorgeous and magical...unfortunately it was so boring I could barely get through...more
Inge
What would you do if you got a second chance every day?

There's a reason why Cecelia Ahern is one of my favourite authors. Not only does she create beautiful, swoon-worthy romances, she also manages to weave a hint of magic into every story, and she does so with grace. The way she describes things is absolutely amazing (absolutely amazing - very dead). Her writing style is so smooth, yet so beautiful. Her analogies and descriptions are beyond gorgeous and I wish I could write like that.

However, I...more
Mollie
About fifteen pages into this book, I already disliked the main character, sixteen year old Tamara. She is a snotty little bitch and the only reason I continued to read was because Tamara acknowledges this and constantly used the past tense: "I was nasty. I was not a nice person." This use of the past tense gave me hope that she does indeed change and I was only able to continue with this hope in mind. I'm glad I continued with the story. Although I can't say I ever really warmed to Tamara to th...more
Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
Tamara Goodwin is a spoiled brat who has been given everything she ever wanted by her parents. Now that her father is dead and her mother nearly catatonic, she realizes everything was not as idyllic as it seemed. Not that she cared before for anything other than herself, though, so this is a truly rude awakening as they lose everything. She and her mother must now move in with her strange aunt and uncle in the countryside where there isn’t a Starbucks for at least 30+ miles. When a traveling lib...more
Ferina
Awalnya, jujur saya gak mempunyai ‘ekspetasi’ yang tinggi dari buku ini. Tapi, wah, surprise, ternyata saat berakhirnya buku ini, saya suka. Mungkin karena ada misteri keluarga di sini, ada sebuah rahasia tentang buku harian (jadi inget buku hariannya Tom Riddle di Harry Potter) dan sempat membuat saya mengira ada sedikit ‘fantasi’ gara-gara melibatkan buku harian yang misterius.
Literary  Chanteuse
I won this book in a giveaway. I was glued to this one right from the beginning. The mystery that surrounded the main character kept me wanting to find out what was going on. I liked the story and a lot of the descriptions made by the author which really painted a visual picture. It also could be a great YA book as the story is told from the eyes of a 16 yr old.
Nurul Afifah
Well, I honestly don't have much thoughts on this book, but let me state the obvious first, the cover is ENCHANTINGLY BEAUTIFUL. It looks sassy on my shelf and it will too on yours. The first chapter of the novel is quite promising, it is written in the first person's POV and the person, Tamara was having a reality check after the death of her father and even though she was described as a rebelled and spoiled teenager I can so relate to her. There's a paragraph that had me pointing all of my ten...more
Sleepless Bookworm
Oh Wow. Wow, wow, wow. This book is so good. It is so good.
I feel like I've uncovered the secrets of the world.
I feel like I've embarked on the journey Tamara lived.
I can't put it into words how I feel about this book.
I just keep thinking "It was so good."
This is my first Cecelia Ahern book. I don't know whether I'll read another, but by god this book was good.
I read it as an ebook and now I'm going to go by the hard copy. I don't care that I've already read it. I just need to have it on my bo...more
Arijana
Na početku mi nije sjela, ali tamo već od 100-te na dalje je bila ok.. Iskreno, meni najlošija njena ne znam zašto.
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Cecelia Ahern was born on September 30, 1981 in Dublin, Ireland. She is the daughter of the former Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. On 14th December 2009 it was announced that Cecelia had given birth to her first child with partner David Keoghan, a girl named Robin. She was secretly married on 11 June 2010 in County Kildare, Ireland. Her older sister, Georgina Ahern is married to Nicky Byrne of Irish...more
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