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The Book of Tomorrow

The Book of Tomorrow - Cecelia Ahern Tamara is used to getting whatever she wants, and despite her behavior it is clear her father is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her happy. Then one morning she discovers him dead, suicide, and her life changesirrevocably. Bankrupt, she and her mother are forced to leave their affluent life in Dublin behind to live in a country cottage with family. However, all is not as it seems and armed with a diary that writes itself, discovered on a travelling library, Tamara uncovers family secrets kept hidden from her her entire life.

This was a cute story, though clearly written for fans of young adult fiction and magical realism. The diary that writes itself a day early is the only touch of magic, but it allows for some interesting insights as to what you would do if you know the future. Would you blindly follow the path already set out or would you try to influence and change what is coming? I was intrigued by the mystery of Tamara's family. Her mother's grief that wasn't quite right, her uncle's reticence, the overbearing aunt who watched Tamara's every move, the cottage across the street which seemed to hold secrets of it's own, and the nun who knew more than she told. While it was not great literature, it was an intriguing diversion and I would consider reading some of Ahern's adult fare in the future.