Sunday, October 11, 2015

Book Review : The Book of Tomorrow

Book Title : The Book of Tomorrow
Author : Cecelia Ahern
Genre : Young Adult
ISBN : 9780007361625
Publisher : Harper Collins
Publication : 2009
Pages : 320
Binding : Paperback

Plot :
Tamara Goodwin has always got everything she's ever wanted. Born into a family of wealth, she grew up in a mansion with its own private beach, a wardrobe full of designer clothes and all that a girl could ever wish for. She's always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow. But then suddenly her dad is gone and life for Tamara and her mother changes forever. Left with a mountain of debt, they have no choice but to sell everything they own and move to the country. Nestled next to Kilsaney Castle, their gatehouse is a world away from Tamara's childhood. With her mother shut away with grief, and her aunt busy tending to her, Tamara is lonely and bored and longs to return to Dublin. When a travelling library passes through Kilsaney Demesne, Tamara is intrigued. Her eyes rest on a mysterious large leather bound tome locked with a gold clasp and padlock. What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its' core.

My Rating : ☆☆☆☆

Review :
First things first, in my opinion, this book should not be listed under young adult genre. You don't subject 15 year olds to sex, cuss words, boozing and such like. But then, that's not for me to decide, the generations being born today are more advanced than we were and much more advanced than our parents were.
The protagonist is a teenage girl who thinks her life, as she knows it, is shattered with the death of her father. But a bigger secret awaits her - a secret that tells her that she had been living one big lie of a life. 
The plot is interesting with the different elements and twists that have been put in here. 

*Spoiler Alert*
  • Not only the girl has been lied to - the mother is unaware of the complete truth as well.
  • The book of tomorrow is the most interesting concept with the book telling the future which is in your hands to change or let it happen as is mentioned.
  • Then there is a 'Jane Eyre' situation with a lunatic setting fire to the castle but the lunatic is not really a lunatic and is basically an ambitious jealous person.
The story has all the drama you would need and it is a gripping fast paced book. It surely has scary parts to it - castle ruins, graveyard, constant feeling of being watched. The narration style is wonderful as well.
Even with the spoilers, the book is worth reading - for there is lot more in the book, that the spoilers don't cover - like the :
  • Actual Secret 
  • Back Story of the Lunatic
And various other elements, which I don't want to mention for they would truly spoil the read for you. Read on for a light but a very interesting read - you won't be left disappointed. 

Happy Reading! 

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