Hello my loves! I hope you’re all keeping well and have had a wonderful week so far. My week was okay, a little bit cold and damp but as you all already know – that’s a given for London.
So this week I will be reviewing The Book of Tomorrow written by Cecelia Ahern. This book is a beautiful compact of teenage/YA fiction with a heavy essence of the fantastical which serves more as the backbone of the story rather than being in the limelight.
I have to admit, I hadn’t read a book by Cecelia Ahern in so many years that I was beginning to forget how much talent this lady holds. After reading The Book of Tomorrow I have created a New Year’s resolution to go back and read all of Ahern’s old books as well as buy new releases that I’ve missed out on! Although New Year’s resolutions don’t normally work so I’ve called it my ‘book resolution’ which not only includes an increase of Ahern but welcomes fantastical books, mystery as well as erotica. Exciting. I know.
Okay, so coming back to the book. As you all know – I am a huge sucker for a colourful and appealing book cover. As much as I’d like to accede to the quintessential line ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, I have to admit that it’s heavily false. We do judge a book by its front cover as well as what’s written on the first page (even the first line sometimes). Certain fonts, colours, illustrations and titles appeal to us more than others and that is a fact that publishers take into consideration and focus weightily on when they’re creating a cover for an author.
The Book of Tomorrow is capped in magical, rose pink and purple with a beautiful golden border and even more beautiful gold patterns etched at the edges and little stars that twinkle all over it. It really is an attractive cover and it pulled me the moment that I picked up the book from my local book stall. I read the blurb, had one glance at the cover and decided that it was the book for me.
I was far from wrong. The Book of Tomorrow was an absolute delight to read! A prismatic tale about relationships, one-sided love, forbidden mysteries and the importance of familial relationships; this one is compounded with beautiful learning lessons for all young readers.
When I started reading this book I had no idea that it was teenage or YA fiction and instead assumed – like all of Ahern’s other books – it would be about a girl in her 20’s/30’s trotting on a journey to find her inner self. It turned out that the protagonist – Tamara Goodwin – is actually an extremely immature, materialistic and spoilt teenage girl whose father passed away, resulting in Tamara and her mother Jennifer having to move from Dublin into Arthur’s (Jennifer’s brother) countryside house. Tamara’s life changes around completely and she goes from having latte’s for breakfast to spending each morning with Arthur and being fed heavy loads of food by his suspicious wife Rosaleen.
The days drone on and Tamara grows uneasy under Rosaleen’s watchful gaze, until one day a travelling library turns up outside her door hosted by an equally interesting and super attractive older Marcus who lures her into the beautiful world of books in his truck. Inside the truck Tamara picks up a bulky book with a lock and everything from thereon changes forever. Steadily, layers of each character are stripped, history starts coming to the fore and secrets are eventually revealed, tumbling Tamara’s whole life around.
The best way to describe The Book of Tomorrow is to ask yourself – have you ever wanted to gaze into tomorrow, to see what would happen? Have you ever thought about the possibility of an ancient solid book tightly bunched together opening the pages of tomorrow for you, giving you an insight on what effects your current actions can have on your ‘tomorrow’ and how you could change them?
We have all – at one point or another – wanted to look into the future to see how things would unfold. Most of the time it’s because we want to be warned beforehand about any mistakes that we are likely to make and we want to refrain from making them. Tamara is given this deeply meaningful vision through The Book and it is this important mechanism that helps fuel the events that unwind on pages of Ahern’s novel.
I haven’t read a YA fiction novel in a long time and I can say that it was a delightful experience! Often I find myself learning more about life from a YA fiction novel than I do from reading one that isn’t YA. I guess it’s because books that are aimed at the youth – whether fiction or nonfiction – aim to fuel their imagination to the broad possibilities that exist in the world and attempt to enable teenagers to realise important life lessons that sometimes are seen as a ‘given’ by the time you get to my age. And that presumption isn’t true. Often adults need a fictitious book with a valuable message as much as teenagers do, because in our daily mediocre lives that consist of nothing other than the constant ‘work, eat, sleep’ we forget about the meaning of life, the importance of relationships and the morals that link us in valuable ways to one another.
Overall, this book was a wonderful read and I am looking forward to reading a few other books by Ahern. I’ll let you know how I like them! My final rating for this book would be 4/5 and that’s only because of the fact that it was YA fiction and often I can’t find myself relating to the personality of a protagonist much younger than I am. Nevertheless, that didn’t take away any value from it in terms of its ability to enlighten the reader to see their small world in a completely different way.
That’s all for this week! I’ll be back next week with yet another review of yet another book!
Until next week, my loves.