Cecelia Ahern, born on 30 September 1981 is an Irish novelist. In addition to publishing several novels, she has also contributed a number of short stories to various anthologies. She wrote her first novel when she was 21 (P.S. I love you) which was also adapted into a major motion picture. All her other successive novels were number one bestsellers. Her books have collectively sold over ten million copies and counting.
The Book of Tomorrow is narrated by a 16 year old, Tamara Goodwin, who is a rich, spoilt teenager who usually gets what she demands. Tamara, her mother Jennifer and her father live in Killiney, Dublin in a six bedroom contemporary mansion by the city with a swimming pool, a tennis court and a private beach. She has all the comforts a girl wants – a Jacuzzi with a plasma TV, a wardrobe with designer clothes, accessories, a computer, gaming consoles, etc.
One day, her entire world is turned upside down when they find out her father had committed suicide, as he had many unpaid debts from property investments. Due to all this, the mother and daughter have to give up all that they ever owned and move to the countryside to live with Uncle Arthur and Aunt Rosaleen.
Tamara and her mother have to make big changes in their life routines to adjust to the life in the countryside. Instead of going shopping, Tamara is forced to have big breakfasts made by Aunt Rosaleen or take long walks exploring the place.
One such day, she finds the ruins of a castle which has burnt down years ago and a garden. In the garden, she meets Sister Ignatius who eventually became her friend.
After sometime a traveling library comes to their town and Tamara goes to visit in search of some kind of entertainment in her monotonous life.
She finds a leather-bound book with a tight gold clasp and a padlock without any title or name of the author. Curious as she is, she takes Sister Ignatius’ help to open the book and finds that it is blank. She decides to keep the book as her journal.
What happened, blows Tamara’s mind and takes her breath away. Every morning when she wakes up she finds a diary entry in her own handwriting for the following day. Other weird things also begin to occur, such as Aunt Rosaleen keeping an unusually close tab on Tamara.
After many inquiries and investigations, she finds out that the castle ruins belonged to a Lawrence Kilsaney who is Tamara’s real father.
Cecelia has done remarkable job writing from the point of view of a 16 year old and the plot is built up really well.
The one major issue I have with this book is that there was no real explanation for the book of tomorrow. What happens to it in the end? Nobody knows. It felt unsatisfying or incomplete rather, not knowing about that mysterious book. Nevertheless, the book is worth reading and teaches us to make everyday magical and live it like your last.
“I used to think that it was better to have too much than too little, but now I think if the too much was never supposed to be yours, you should just take what is yours and give the rest back.”
II HEPP N