Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

| 12 January , 2010 | Reply

Guest Editor, Jane de Graaff from I Ate It All

Sometimes in life I\’d like a really good map, a set of directions to guide the way, or possibly even a prediction of how things might be tomorrow before they even happen- just so that I could change them for the better.

But would it really help?

In her latest book – The Book of Tomorrow– author Cecelia Ahern sets this question in the hands of a headstrong and spoilt protagonist, 16-year-old Tamara Goodwin. And how bitter sweet it is to see through the eyes of a teenager again.

With news of her father\’s death, Tamara\’s privileged life of luxury in Dublin comes crashing down into a heap of debt and tangled half-truths. She and her mother are left with no choice but to leave behind everything they know and move in with relatives in the Irish countryside.

Far from their life of luxury, isolated from friends, and utterly confused, Tamara and her mother grieve in their own ways.

And it\’s here, amongst decaying castles, mysterious nuns tending beehives and the rhythm of rural life that Tamara finds an unusual diary. In its pages she can see snatches of the future, little glimpses of what tomorrow might bring if she lets it unfold. But as she looks into the future, she begins to question everything she has ever known about her family and it\’s past.

By turns angry, understanding, hurt and bewildered, it takes time for Tamara to come to terms with the power of the diary and to realise that every decision has a consequence.

Ahern\’s writing (P.S I Love You, The Gift) is full of detailed characters brimming with beautiful and infuriating faults, flaws and inner turmoil. Tamara\’s journey from self-centred teenager to a compassionate young woman is painfully slow, but utterly recognisable.

It\’s a beautiful and gripping story full of magic, family tragedy and forgiveness. And just like Tamara\’s diary, I was longing to turn the page and see what might happen next.

But the question remains, even if we could see the future, should we really avoid those awkward feelings of hurt, betrayal, or embarrassment? Without them, how would we grow?

And the message is clear, who we are might come from what has passed, but who we will be, is all in tomorrow.

Available now HarperCollins RRP$32.99

Jane

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