Author: Cecelia Ahern
Details: Hardcover, 320 pgs.
Published: Feb 1, 2011 by HarperCollins
isbn: 0007233701 (ISBN13: 9780007233700)
Received from: HarperCollins for review
The magical new novel from number one bestseller Cecelia Ahern. Tamara Goodwin has always got everything she's ever wanted. Born into a family of wealth, she grew up in a mansion with its own private beach, a wardrobe full of designer clothes and all that a girl could ever wish for. She's always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow. But then suddenly her dad is gone and life for Tamara and her mother changes forever. Left with a mountain of debt, they have no choice but to sell everything they own and move to the country. Nestled next to Kilsaney Castle, their gatehouse is a world away from Tamara's childhood. With her mother shut away with grief, and her aunt busy tending to her, Tamara is lonely and bored and longs to return to Dublin.When a travelling library passes through Kilsaney Demesne, Tamara is intrigued. Her eyes rest on a mysterious large leather bound tome locked with a gold clasp and padlock. What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its core.
When I got this book all I knew was that it had a pretty cover and it sounded interesting. I hadn't connected the dots on who the author was (author of P.S. I Love You, an AMAZING movie).
But this book ended up being fantastic. Although it's quite contemporary it had some magic mixed in because of the book that told her of tomorrow. It definitely had a contemporary feel though.
The author did a great job with Tamara. I didn't know whether to hate her or love her in the beginning, but I knew she was definitely interesting! She has a super strong personality and is such a teenager that you can't help but roll your eyes because we all know someone like her. She speaks her mind before giving it any thought and talk about crazy stuff that comes out of her mouth! Throughout the story we really watch her grow, starting from page one. She did a great job at explaining herself and her motivations and it really made sense. Anyone with a difficult teenager may pick up some tips from this book!
Now, as for the other characters~ I think it took me just a bit to understand the aunt and uncle that Tamara and her mother went to live with. But soon I found myself picturing them clear as day and it was easy to envision their lives. They were about the strangest people ever! I didn't feel like we really got to know Tamara's mom, but we weren't really suppose to so it worked out great. The other character that was important was a nun who lived nearby and I loved her! Talk about a crazy and quirky character! She had me laughing more then once!
This book had a touch of romance but it was definitely on the back burner. It did have cute boys though and one that I really fell for. I'll leave it up to you to figure that one out because it would certainly be a spoiler! And although the romance is on the back burner it was fine that way. I was too busy trying to unravel the crazy mystery with her aunt and uncle. And really it's the mystery that made this one a real page turner.
The beginning of the book was a little weird how it was done. I felt like it jumped around a bit and I was anxious for her to get on with it. But it wasn't bad and in the end it's not what sticks with me. It's not too far in that the story takes off.
The definite highlight of the book was the mystery. We see little things here and there before Tamara ever connects the dots so that was cool. And then Tamara's personality was over the top and definitely kept everything interesting.
I give this book 4/5 moons! Definitely an interesting read that I recommend to adults and young adults alike.
Disclosure: I received an advanced readers copy of this book from the publisher for review. All opinions expressed are my own, I was not paid or influenced in any way.