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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern: Book Review

The Book of Tomorrow
by Cecelia Ahern
HarperCollins
ISBN: 978-0-06-170630-1
Publishing Date: January 25, 2011

Description: The magical new novel from number one bestseller Cecelia Ahern. 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

The Good Stuff
  • Quirky Irish humour -- reminds me so much of hanging with my Irish neighbor
  • Intriguing opening chapters, grabs your attention and never lets go -- trust me I stayed up till 1am to finish the book. Read it on one day!
  • Hilariously funny yet touching and sweet 
  • Loved the Nuns (especially Sister Ignatius) I'd become Catholic if they were real
  • Tamara is such a wonderful, fun, interesting and all too human.  What is so fascinating is that she is really understanding how shallow her earlier life was and she tries very hard to change, but doesn't always do it the right way -- you know typical teenager ; )
  • There is a Castle and well I just like things with Castles 
  • Intriguing mystery that slowly unfolds and keeps you guessing 
  • Simply just a good story to enjoy while tucked under a nice soft blanket or lying on the beach or at the cottage
The Not so Good Stuff
  • I had to stay up till 1am to finish the damn book
  • Was a little confusing at times -- than again I have been home with a sick toddler for 3 days so I wouldn't necessarily take my word for this
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"And than I felt sorry for God because I understood how it must be frustrating for him.  He offers people a helping hand, but it often gets pushed away. People always want to help themselves first."



"After the Norman psycho, various lords and ladies lived in the castle.  They built stables and outhouses around the place.  Controversially one lord even converted to Catholicism after marrying a Catholic, and built a chapel there as a treat for the family.  Me and Mom got a swimming pool as our treat, but to each his own."




 "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 you need and give the rest back.  That way, you never have to give back the things you love."


What I Learned
  • Some interesting Irish history
  • Nuns are a lot cooler than I have previously thought
Who should/shouldn't read
  • This is pretty good for everyone.  I would say probably 12 and up due to some sexuality
  • Lovers of Irish fiction, obviously will enjoy
  • Obviously I am passing this on for Joan to read (She's the Irish neighbor and usually my books go to her daughter, but this one is for both of them) maybe she will make me some of her yummy Irish tea hint hint!
4.5 Dewey's

I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review

HarperCollins ise currently offering a low price e-book edition of one of Cecelia Ahern's backlist titles, THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.  It’s being offered at $1.99 through all major retailers, and it includes an excerpt from the new book.  The price goes back up to $9.99 on 1/25.

If you’re interested, you can find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Sony, the Apple iBookstore (just search for THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES and it comes right up), and other e-book retail sites. - FYI I couldn't find any Canadian options fellow Canucks - sorry!

2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the link to Thanks for the Memories, I loved The Book of Tomorrow and have been wanting to read more of Ahern's work!! Snagged it for my Kindle!

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  2. Great review! I love the way you built it up with positive and negative points.

    I also loved the book. My review is here: http://leeswammes.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/the-book-of-tomorrow-by-cecelia-ahern/

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