The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern
By Manasvi (Artistic Soul)
The Book of Tomorrow is a magical modern-age tale. The lead character is a 16-year-old girl named Tamara Goodwin. Being from a rich family, she is used to getting her own way and strongly believes in the policy of "my way or the highway!" Then, suddenly, her father commits suicide because of excessive debts and stress, causing Tamara and her mother to leave Dublin and live with some mysterious relatives (supposedly, her uncle and aunt). With this move, Tamara's life changes greatly. Now surrounded by people she considers to be naÔve and weird, as well as relatives that are rather peculiar, she longs for her old life. Her mother decides to stay alone in her room and sleep all day. As Tamara investigates her new environment, she discovers a magical journal that reveals her diary entries the day before she even writes them (hence the name of this book). As she continues to read the entries in the diary, she becomes aware of her family's big secret...
What I didn't quite like in this book was that the character of Tamara Goodwin doesn't seem like much of a teenager. She felt more like an adultís idea of a teenage girl, one that was trying too hard to fit into that mold of "stuff teenagers like," and it all came across as fake. Other than this, the story has a remarkable thrill and a charismatic authenticity to it. I found the book to be pretty interesting and would definitely recommend it for romance and mystery lovers.
Things to be aware of: Suicide, teenage drinking, (not very graphic) sex scene.