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The Book of Tomorrow

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  34,442 ratings  ·  2,873 reviews
Tamara Goodwin has always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow. Until a traveling library arrives in her tiny village, bringing with it a mysterious, large leather-bound book locked with a gold clasp and padlock.

What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its core.

A mesmerizing story about how tomorrow c
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 3rd 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
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)
Dec 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Dec 04, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, 2016-reads, dnf
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. ...more
Dec 29, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Oct 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it

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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
Rea Cobb
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
May 10, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Zaraliyana Adijaya
Apr 09, 2011 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. ...more
Susan Buchanan
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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! ...more
Nat (livebreaththeread)
This book has been on my shelves for years and I'm only finally picking it up. I didn't know what do expect when picking up this book but it was a real page turner, to me at least. The writing style wasn't the most intricate but it told the story well enough.
I wish we would have gotten more backstory about where the 'Book of Tomorrow' originated from but its clear from once you get into the book that it's not the main focus of the story.
I would have liked to know anything about Marcus and Marcu
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Fatima mehjabin
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Rawan Omar
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really didn't want this book to end, I enjoyed every second spent reading it.
here is my favorite quote from the book :
" I've heard people say that when they dream about a loved one that has died, they feel that it's real, that the person is really there, sending them a message, giving them a hug. That somehow dreams are a blurred line between here and there, like a meeting room in a prison. You're both in the same room, yet on different sides and really, in different worlds. " 🌻
Dec 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Shelves: fantasy
Loved this one. The lead character was annoying at first, but you grow to understand her gradually. The mystery part was thrilling and interesting, kept me reading till the very last page. Plus, the cover is beautiful.
A beautiful fantasy escapade filled with a dash of mystery and love intertwined.
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit, magic
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
Dec 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
I didn't get hook by this book. I tryed to keep going but I was too bored, it was so slow. DNF. ...more
Aishwary Mehta (The_Fugitive_Biker)
Quote from the Book I Liked - '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 of books a lot differently now.' (Page 417)

Rating - 3/5

Synopsis - Th
Oct 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rebecca Fox
*3.5 stars*

This book was the complete opposite to what I believed it would be. I thought the story was going to be magical and have a slightly Christmassy feeling, however it was more a family drama. There was a small theme of magic but just not in the why I thought it would be.

It was a good book tho, just wasn't what I was looking for.
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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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