Tuesday, January 25, 2011

(9)The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

I have been a fan of Cecelia Ahern for years. Her book, P.S., I Love You was instrumental in fostering my love for all things Irish. I mean, really if you have read my blog for more than five minutes you know that I LOVE Irish Chick Lit. So to get my hot little hands on an ARC of Cecelia Ahern's was a dream come true. Until.....

The Book of Tomorrow is about sixteen year old Tamara Goodwin. Tamara's world has been rocked by the suicide of her father. Tamara & her mother are forced to leave Dublin to live with relatives in the country. There is meek Uncle Artie and the wretched Aunt Rosaleen. Aunt Rosaleen is doing everything in her power to make her life miserable. To pass the summer days, Tamara checks out a book from the mobile library. She is shocked to discover that it is a blank book that starts filling up magically with tomorrow's diary entries. As Tamara gets a glimpse into the future, she starts to realize that the answers may lie in the past.

Ms. Ahern tries to go for the "gothic" feel, with the creepy Aunt and the Mother that seems to be held hostage in an upstairs room. The attempt falls short, though. The gothic feel just falls flat. Tamara comes across as a spoiled brat and the rest of the characters are just so one dimensional the story could have been so much more.

Not every author hits a home run every time they write a book. The Book of Tomorrow wasn't a HORRIBLE book, Lord knows that I have read worse, I just felt that it didn't live up to the author's potential. Here is hoping the year goes by fast and her next book is more like her older books.

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