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The Book of Tomorrow

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  26,636 Ratings  ·  2,372 Reviews
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 mountain of debt and forces them to move in with Tamara’s peculiar aunt and uncle in a tiny countryside village.

Tamara is lonely and bored, with a traveling library as her
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Harper (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jan 03, 2012 Melinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Oct 12, 2011 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
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
May 19, 2014 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read
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
Lauren (Lauren Reads YA)
Gave it 80 pages to decide if I wanted to keep reading, but when I spotted the wrong use of the word 'OCD' AND transphobia on the same page, I knew I was done. Other complaints include the main character's entire fucking personality, and too many mentions of sex and clubbing. Fuck this book.
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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
Apr 15, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Franzie Lovegood
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
Jul 18, 2016 Marcelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Η πλοκή σαν ιδέα ήταν ενδιαφέρουσα και η γραφή της Cecelia Ahern είναι αρκετά καλή (όχι τέλεια, αλλά καλή), αλλά η ιστορία κυλούσε βασανιστικά αργά.
Ruzaika Deen
Jan 20, 2016 Ruzaika Deen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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“What if we knew what tomorrow would bring? Would we fix it? Could we?”

By now it should be pretty clear to you that I love Ahern's style of writing. She uses the perfect selection of words and sprinkles them with just the right amount of magic to end up with one dazzling, breath-taking story. She did it with If You Could See Me Now, she did it with The Gift- and yet again, she did it with The Book of Tomorrow
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
This is a fairly light piece of chick lit, the sort of thing you might like to read on the beach on a hot summers day. It starts out a little dull but the story becomes more engaging as the book progresses. There are some oddities though. The character of Marcus with his travelling library seems to be an important thread but then it just dies away. Magic is introduced in the form of the fortune telling diary and I love magic but at the end the rather rushed and garbled explanations of all that h ...more
It was an interesting book overall but I have some questions left unanswered and the twist that was introduced didn't really answer the most important question I had in my mind. Why book why. But I would still recommend as this is a book about a girl whose life changes after she is faced with a tragedy. I love these kind of books where characters grow to be more mature in the midst of adversities.
Quincess Za
Apr 16, 2011 Quincess Za rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zaza
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.
4 1/2 stars

What a strangely compelling story this was.

I was not crazy about this novel when I first started reading it. There was a “Clueless” (the movie) type main character, and there was some over-the-top flowery prose. Both left me cold.

"The tree trunks were fascinating, aged and wrinkled like elephants’ legs. They twisted around one another like lovers. Some rose from the ground arched as though in agony and reaching out, then growing on, turning and shifting to a new position. The roots s
Helen Stavraki
Το πρώτο βιβλίο της Cecelia Ahern που διαβαζω και η απογοήτευση μου μεγάλη.
Αρχικά φαίνεται μια ενδιαφέρουσα ιστορία με ανθρώπινες καταστάσεις και γεγονότα καθημερινά! Ο τρόπος που τα περιγράφει η νεαρή έφηβη της ιστορίας μας ειναι αρκετά εντυπωσιακός και θα τολμούσα να πω βαθυστόχαστος.
Μετα την τραγωδία που ξεσπά στην οικογένεια ολα βαίνουν ομαλά για τον αναγνώστη και πολλές φορές μεσα απο τα λογια της αγγίζει και προσεγγίζει τις συνέπειες του αναποδραστου με κάθε δυνατό τρόπο! Ο πόνος ωριμάζει
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
Oct 11, 2011 JackieB rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, general
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
Rea Cobb
May 31, 2011 Rea Cobb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 11, 2012 Nan rated it really liked it
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
Aug 30, 2016 Shivani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"I think that most people go into bookshops and have no idea what they want to buy. Somehow, the books sit there, almost magically willing people to pick them up.
The right person for the right book. It’s as though they already know whose life they need to be a
part of, how they can make a difference, how they can teach a lesson, put a smile on a face at just
the right time. I think about books a lot differently now."

Well I have read around six books by Cecelia and this is not one of her bests; but
Aug 11, 2015 Nellakii❤ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ενα μαγικο ταξιδι που μονο η Cecelia Ahern ξερει καλα να προσφερει..
Το διαβασα σε ενα βραδυ,δεν με κουρασε ουτε λεπτο,ηταν ομορφο,εξυπνο,χιουμοριστικο και συγκινητικο...
Αξιζει να διαβαστει!

Susan Buchanan
Jul 23, 2013 Susan Buchanan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
A beautiful fantasy escapade filled with a dash of mystery and love intertwined.
Angela Stegeman
Prachtig boek. Moest er wel inkomen. Een recensie volgt.
Jan 12, 2016 Nessia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Daniela Je
Jul 13, 2014 Daniela Je rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favourites
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
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Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.
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