The Book of Tomorrow by Cecilia Ahern
A sort of meta-diary, The Book of Tomorrow is the story of Tamara, a teenaged girl who finds herself at a loss after her father’s suicide and bankruptcy brings her life of privilege to a halt. The sort of girl who grew up on a steady stream of lavish parties and Louis Vuitton bags, Tamara is spoiled rotten and superficial, but her father’s death forces her to see past her need for instant gratification. With her mother in a near catatonic state, a silent uncle, and an aunt who tries to fix everything with food, Tamara waits listlessly for her life to return to normal until she finds a very special book–a diary tucked away among the motley collection of novels and biographies that make up the region’s traveling library. What Tamara finds inside the diary is her own story… one day ahead of schedule. What do you do when you have the future in your hands?
The first thing I noticed about The Book of Tomorrow was that it reminded me of Liz Berry’s The China Garden, one of my favorite books. Not only is Tamara a snarky, smart protagonist, she is infinitely curious and more than willing to try to get to the source of a problem, even if it means putting herself in danger. Family secrets, personal turmoil, and a touch of magic instantly drew me into the story. The idea of the diary seemed odd at first, but it worked. Tamara grows as she learns that what will happen tomorrow is not set in stone, and that her actions have very real consequences. The spoiled girl who whined about presents and weekend trips becomes someone who looks beyond money and objects to find her own worth.
This is the sort of novel that can appeal to readers of YA and chick lit alike. A fast pace and good character development add depth to the plot, and the mystery elements turn it into something more than a story about death and redemption.
I received my copy from William Morrow. No payment was received for this review.