We Review The Book Of Tomorrow By Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: Harper Collins RRP: $24.99
The Book of Tomorrow is narrated by Tamara, a spoilt 16-year-old who hates her parents and hangs out getting drunk and smoking with equally obnoxious friends.
When Tamara’s world turns upside down with the death of her father, she and her mother go to live with Arthur and Roseleen in the country – or as Tamara sees it “from a scene from Deliverance”. Her mother, grieving her loss, sleeps most of the day and sits at the window staring out, leaving Tamara to her own devices.
Enter the traveling library run by Marcus. Here Tamara finds a leather bound, padlocked book with blank pages that throws everything she knows into chaos and begs the question – what if we knew what tomorrow will bring – would we fix it ? Could we?
The Book of Tomorrow is a page turner – it is full of mystery, twists and turns with a giant reveal at the end that you won’t expect. You will ask yourself “if you could see the future, would you change it?”
Q & A with Cecilia Ahern
What inspired your latest book, ‘The Book of Tomorrow’?
Its about my love for books. I believe they’re magical and sometimes they choose you rather than the other way round. Books can come into your life at a time when you’re going through a rough patch, with the power to rescue you, and this is what happens in this one. I came up with the concept first – a diary that writes itself, leading me to ask who would find it and why they would need it – and then the characters developed from there.
What are the main themes in ‘The Book of Tomorrow’?
My central themes are about loss – both grieving the loss of oneself and of a loved one – going back to basics and taking responsibility for your actions. When I got my initial concept of the diary that writes itself, recording the events of tomorrow, I came up with the character of Tamara as someone who doesn’t think far ahead at all. The central character, Tamara, lives in the moment, and lives to satisfy herself without thinking about the consequences of her actions and how her decisions can affect other people.