Author: Cecelia Ahern
Date Started: 02-Jan-17
Date Finished: 06-Jan-17
“Raised in the lap of luxury, spoiled, tempestuous sixteen-year-old Tamara Goodwin has never wanted for anything – and has never had to think about tomorrow. But when her world irrevocably shaken by her father’s self-imposed death, she and her mother are left devastated, drowning in debt and forced to sell everything and move to the country.”
Jennifer Goodwin – Tamara’s mother
Arthur – Tamara’s uncle
Rosaleen – Arthur’s wife; Tamara’s aunt
Marcus – the traveling bus/library driver
Sister Ignatius – the nun Tamara met when she wandered near the castle
Weseley – a new friend she met in the burnt castle
Dr. Gedad – Weseley’s father who Tamara asked for help regarding her mother’s depression
Laurence Kilsaney – the mysterious person who makes glass mobiles
George Goodwin – Tamara’s deceased father
Thoughts on the book:
As what my friend, Charitie, thought that I’d like the story when she told me about this book, she’s correct. I liked it. The Book of Tomorrow, like most of Cecelia Ahern’s books that I have read, it also makes me think and wonder the what ifs.
A couple of days ago, I posted on my Facebook account about the fact that in Life that we really do not (never will) know our future. I posted it as I remember the exact days 3 years ago when my Papa had an attack and died just exactly 7 days after my Lola (grandmother from my Mama’s side of the family) passed away. If I were in my Papa’s position – who would have thought that in a week’s time, I’d be gone soon. I started to wonder what those who went before us (I had 3 friends who passed away last year) thought of like 10 years ago? Did it ever occur to them the possibility of missing Christmas of 2016 and New Year 2017? Have they thought about what they may be doing at this time? Have it crossed their minds how they’d die the way they did?
Ahern’s book is about, as its title have given away, Tomorrows – about how questions Tamara had have been answered or resolved by the diary that shows her what happens next day. It makes me wonder what if we were given a choice to know what will happen the next day, or week, or year. Would you want to know what exactly will happen tomorrow? Would you want to change it?
“Would you prefer to be given a life already lived too, Tamara? That way you can sit back and observe it. Or would you rather live it yourself?” ~pg.92
I have since like how Cecelia Ahern writes novels. Her books always makes me think and that is what I have always loved about her books – they make me think.
“..Filipino nanny” ~pg.18
[02-Jan]: I love Cecelia Ahern. I have read almost every book by her that I can find in the bookstores. I love how she writes her stories. From the first book that I have read, The Time of My Life, that was suggested to me by a friend up to the last prior to The Book of Tomorrow. However, it kind of made me question her writing when I read that texts, “Filipino nanny”, and “.. her (Barbara) Filipino nanny”. I was thinking, why does she have to say that her and her mother’s friend’s nanny were a Filipino? I couldn’t blame her for associating my countrymen to domestic helpers, because I think it was how Filipino overseas workers are known for. But really? Did she, Cecelia really have to point out that the main character’s nanny or any other nanny in the story was a Filipino? Does nanny Mae’s nationality have anything to do with the story? Will the story turn out differently if her nanny was from a different nationality? I am only into the first few chapters of the book so I don’t want to judge as early as Chapter 8, so I can only hope that her nanny’s being a Filipino will contribute to the story in a significant way.
[07-Jan]: Just as I thought, except for that her nanny Mae loves watching documentaries or investigative shows that later on she related to her quest on finding out what was in her Aunt Rosaleen and Uncle Arthur’s garage, nothing more. And that said, again, in my humble opinion, I don’t think there’s really a need to mention again and again the nanny’s nationality.
Taking care of somebody else’s children is a noble job and I know we Filipinos are good at it, and that I look up to those who leave the country to sacrifice for their families.
Maybe it’s just the approach or how it was written that got into me. I’m sorry for being too observant like that.
About the ending:
Tamara decided what to do with the book of tomorrow or the magical diary. Although somehow it helped her bring back her “old” mom, she knew that she will not need the diary anymore. She was finally reunited with her family – her mom in her old self, and her true biological father, Laurence.
The story though never mentioned until the end who really owned the diary or the book of tomorrow. It never mentioned how come the book has such power of knowing what happens every next day, etc. As soon as I finished reading the story, I was like “so, who really owns the book? Why does it have powers?”. You know, like a back story or history of the magical diary, etc.
“..sometimes we have absolutely no idea where we are, we need the smallest clues to show us where to begin.” ~pg.92
“Hope doesn’t make you a weak person. It’s hopelessness that makes you weak. Hope makes you stronger, because it brings with it a sense of reason.” ~pg.115
“Yesterday was a closed book, tomorrow, however, was another story.” ~pg.159
“You shouldn’t try to stop everything from happening. Sometimes you’re supposed to feel awkward. Sometimes you’re supposed to be vulnerable in front of people. Sometimes it’s necessary because it’s all part of you getting to the next part of yourself, the next day. The diary wasn’t always right.” ~pg.173