At first glance, Tamara Goodwin is nothing more than a poor little rich girl. But when her father’s sudden and shocking suicide derails her fast-paced teenage life in Dublin, Tamara must grieve in the quiet Irish countryside without the distraction of her weekends in Paris, her designer dresses, or her friends. Ali Coffey dives right into The Book of Tomorrow, a novel from P.S. I Love You author Cecelia Ahern, eloquently capturing Tamara’s grief and thwarted sense of place with her meticulous narration.
In one fell swoop, Tamara loses her father to suicide, her family’s lavish Dublin home to crippling debt and misfortune, and her mother to a depression so debilitating that she can’t even get out of bed. With dwindling options, Tamara and her mother pack their bags for Meath, a small town in the Irish countryside where Tamara’s distant aunt and uncle reside. Bored and restless, Tamara stumbles upon an old, padlocked diary one day while chatting with the cute boy that runs a lending library out of the back of a van. Shortly thereafter she discovers that the peculiar diary includes entries for one day in the future, seemingly authored in her own handwriting. Each day she finds herself startled by the accuracy of the prophetic diary, eventually learning to use its foresight to help her out of an unsettling situation in Meath.
In her exile to Meath, Tamara embarks upon a process of finding herself and coming to terms with her father’s suicide, all the while discovering some dark family secrets. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a predictably whimsical romantic young adult novel Ahearn’s intriguing narrative proves to be much more captivating. Coffey heightens the sense of anticipation as Tamara uncovers these secrets little by little, her tone maturing as Tamara must when facing the challenges presented to her in Meath. With its absorbing family drama and a little magic from the mysterious diary, The Book of Tomorrow is unlike anything else from the genre. Coffey embraces the challenges of such a complicated narrative, offering a listening experience that is both deeply engaging and unique. Suzanne Day
From the author of the New York Times best seller P.S. I Love You comes an "engrossing new novel... filled with family secrets, intrigue, and magic aplenty" (Booklist).
Born into the lap of luxury and comfortable in the here and now, spoiled, tempestuous Tamara Goodwin has never had to look to the future, until the abrupt death of her father leaves her and her mother a mountain of debt and forces them to move in with Tamara's peculiar aunt and uncle in a tiny countryside village.
Tamara is lonely and bored, with a traveling library as her only diversion. There she finds a large leather-bound book with a gold clasp and padlock, but no author name or title. Intrigued, she pries open the lock, and what she finds inside takes her breath away.
Tamara sees entries written in her own handwriting, and dated for the following day. When the next day unfolds exactly as recorded, Tamara realizes she may have found a solution to her problems. But in her quest to find answers, Tamara soon learns that some pages are better left unturned and that, try as she may, she mustn't interfere with fate.
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Loved this book! Loved the Irish narrator! But- the narration was so fast I could hardly keep up! It wasn't bc she was Irish that I had trouble, her diction was very clear and understandable. But the speed of the audio sounded like it had been sped up synthetically, not like someone talking too fast. I even employed the option on my audible app to slow the speed but all that did was put a break in the middle of each word which sounded messed up and wasn't something I could listen to long term. After a long period of listening I would sometimes feel exhausted! But the book was worth it, just hope her next one doesn't sound as if it was mixed by someone on stimulants!
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Seldom have I believed in an audible rendition (of a book I'd normally read) because the narrator isn't authentic. Listening was effortless, and truly like I was physically in Ireland. I quite forgot myself at times. I'm glad I took a chance on this version; Celelia's stories are each so wonderfully brilliant- this being no exception.
I found the use of foul language from Tamara excessive and unnecessary. None of the reviews I read mentioned it. The narrator did a great job and it was a fine beach read. Guess I was expecting more.
Would you try another book from Cecelia Ahern and/or Ali Coffey?
Of course. Cecelia Ahearn writes thought provoking and heartwarming books. I highly recommend "Time of Your Life"
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
The ending was a bit abrupt... I felt like there was a huge build up with not much conclusion.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
Her Irish accent is soothing and pleasing to the ear.
Could you see The Book of Tomorrow being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?