Wednesday, August 8, 2012

TLC Book Tours Book Review: The Book Of Tomorrow

Author: Cecelia Ahern
Title: The Book Of Tomorrow
Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: Jan 25, 2011
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: TLC Book Tours and the publisher
Book Blurb: 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 only diversion. There she finds a large leather-bound book with a gold clasp and padlock, but no author name or title. Intrigued, she pries open the lock, and what she finds inside takes her breath away. Tamara sees entries written in her own handwriting, and dated for the following day. When the next day unfolds exactly as recorded, Tamara realizes she may have found a solution to her problems. But in her quest to find answers, Tamara soon learns that some pages are better left unturned and that, try as she may, she mustn't interfere with fate.

Review: I never expected a YA novel form Cecelia Ahern. She's usually a go to when it comes to chick lit, which I admit I love. (Women's fiction if that other moniker disturbs you) There's so much to say about this book. Firstly the cover is stunning. It was one of the first things that appealed to me when I saw it. I liked Tamara. She reminded me a bit of Sutton (the dead girl) from Sara Shepard's The Lying Game. She's not someone you should really like, because she's nasty and bitchy and mean, but for some reason you do.

But the overall problem I had with the book is that it felt so long and drawn out and it was only about 300 pages. The pacing was slow. The book that is the focal point of the story didn't even start to play a part in the novel until about 100 pages in. Actually the whole "Book of Tomorrow" didn't really feel all that important to the story. What was important was the strange behavior of Rosaleen. The book just seemed to be added filler that got the story moving.

However, Tamara claims she has grown at the end of the story, and I didn't really see that. I think she's repaired relationships, and discovered things that were life changing, but really unto the end, she was a selfish brat. The only person she seemed to care about was Wesley though she did have a friendship with Sister Ignatius.

I enjoyed this book but not nearly as much as her other novels. The plot is unique, but she could have done so much more with it.

Rating:  3 flowers


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one for the tour.

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