Written by Cecelia Ahern
Oh, hey! I’m back. Can’t promise I’ll do any better at posting than I have been, but I’ll try!
I’m headed to Ireland in a few days for a vacation. On a whim, and getting excited about finally getting a vacation, I decided to swing by the library and pick up a book or two. I don’t like to travel with library books, so this leaves me with fresh, “bought” books to take on the plane plus giving me a sense of urgency to get some reading done before I leave (I’m THIRTEEN books behind schedule for this year!). I checked out a Cecelia Ahern book, worried because I’ve had bad luck with book choices this year and in my head Ahern writes romcoms and those have been boring me. To make matters worse, I went to log it on my Goodreads page and I apparently read it in 2012 and gave it a scathing review.
I’d already started reading the book at lunch, so I thought thirteen books behind and decided to forge ahead. I was about forty paged in and couldn’t see why 2012-me thought the narrator was off-putting and the story far-fetched.
The Book of Tomorrow is told by Tamara, a sixteen-year-old girl who lives in a posh area of Dublin with her parents. After her father commits suicide, Tamara and her mother are left destitute and must move in with Tamara’s aunt & uncle. Tamara must cope with the aftermath of finding her father dead, her mother’s apparent inability to cope, and loss of everything she had and knew.
I finished the book in three days. I had to force myself to put it down and go to sleep on night 2. I’d already been up nearly two hours later than I usually am. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that I stayed up to read. As for my Goodreads review, I either: 1. Got hacked by a vile book review gremlin or 2. Shelved the wrong book on accident. Because this book was really, really good.
Ahern managed to capture the voice of a spoiled, sixteen-year-old girl perfectly. She wasn’t always likeable. She could be vain and spoiled and moody, but her thoughts and reactions were spot on. She wasn’t always a reliable narrator, which is fun to read, and the spot of magical realism was perfection. The story was unexpected. It was gut-wrenching and heartfelt. I just wanted to hug Tamara, even when she made me crazy.
Some books are worth re-reading. Or reading for the first time (since there is no way I read this book before).