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I found this a bit of a confusing read - at times I really liked it, in other parts I was less than enthralled. The premise of the story is a good one - Kitty, a TV journalist in disgrace, is left 100 names by her deceased mentor Constance who edited the magazine where Kitty still has a job having been sacked from presenting. She decides to investigate Contances'' last great story and work out who the people are and what their story is. Supported by (the inevitable?) platonic male friend she tracks down some of the people behind the names and starts to piece together both their individual stories and the link between them. This is, in theory an interesting idea for a story, and it leads to Kitty meeting a range of potentially interesting characters. Where the book somehow didn''t work for me is that I worked out the twist in the story fairly early on - it was a little obvious, and I thought that it was a bit strange that only a fraction of the people in the title (6 by my reckoning) actually featured in the story. They were all a little bit too colourful to be realistic, but even buying into that though I enjoyed some of the funny parts in the book it all seemed quite predictable and cliched, somehow this book failed to live up to its title and though it was an OK read to pass a few hours it didn''t ever quite win me over.
This is Cecelia Ahern's 9th novel. Her first was the now well known PS, I Love You published in 2004 and turned into a film with Hilary Swank in the lead role. Most of Ahern's books have a mystical element, making them almost modern fairytales. They are certainly all a bit quirky but this one is different.
Everything is going wrong for Kitty Logan. Kitty is a journalist who wrongly accused someone of child abuse. As a result she lost her job on a TV show which is being sued for libel and is about to be thrown out of her flat as her landlord is fed up of the graffiti (and worse) on her front door. On top of this her boyfriend has left her and her best friend seems to have turned against her. But the very worst thing is that Constance, Kitty's long standing supporting and mentor, is dying of cancer and in the opening chapter Kitty visits her in hospital.
Before she dies Constance asks Kitty to write the story she never got time to do. She leaves Kitty a list of 100 names. It is up to Kitty to trace the people on that list, to understand the connection and to write a compelling story in time to meet the tight deadline of the magazine Constance used to edit. One Hundred Names becomes the story not just of Kitty, but of six of the names on the list that she manages to trace.
What I thought
At the beginning of the book Kitty comes across as very self-absorbed. However, as soon as I'd finished the first chapter, I knew I was going to enjoy this book. It seems more rooted in 'normality' than other of Ahern's book. There's no magic or parallel worlds; just the stories of the 6 people whom Kitty manages to track down against the back drop or her own story. Initially, these people seem very ordinary perhaps even boring. But they're not. In a relatively short book, Ahern manages to draw you into their lives, all of which are interesting and special in their own way.
It might not be her best book, but I certainly enjoyed it. It's one of those books that grip you and you want to get to the end to find out what happens. Not only do you want to know the connection between these very different people, you want to know what happens to Kitty and whether she sorts out her own life. Occasionally I found the prose a bit jerky and over sentimental but overall it's a decent piece of chick lit.
Where to buy
I checked my copy out of the local library but it's currently selling on Amazon for £3.80.
First Published: Oct 2012
One Hundred Names
Author- Cecelia Ahern.
Price:- £5.45 on amazon
When Constance Dies, It is left to Kitty to write the final artical for her dearest friend and Mentor. Kitty previously got herself into a sticky situation when a story/ broadcast backfired and left her the victim of abuse, not personally but to the property she rents. Kitty has no idea what the story is that she is about to write the only clue she has is a list of 100 people and she must find out how they are connected before the deadline. Along the way she meets some incredible people with very interesting story.
This book is amazing, I love every page. It took me 5 days to read it inbetween working and the odd jobs around the house. Cecelia Ahern is one of my favourite writer alongside Sophie Kinsella ofcourse. My all time favourite book is written by Cecelia Ahern which I only read a year ago 'The book of Tomorrow' and since then i've been trying to lay my hands on more of her books.
The price on Amazon is really good for this page turning novel, I purchased my copy at a Charity shop for only £1.00. I've resorted to buying books from Charity shops as I buy so many the cost goes up rabidly.
I give this book 5 stars and I look forward to reading the Next Cecelia Ahern Book.
I've always been a big fan of Cecilia Ahern since a school friend thrust P.S I Love You into my face and demanded I read it. Her last book (I think??) Time of my life, was one of my favourites yet so I was glad when I got this one for Christmas.
The story follows a journalist named Katherine 'Kitty' Logan who has recently made the biggest error in judgement of her career, publicly and to the detriment of an innocent Man's life. She is paying for it in cruel pranks, distrust at work and even her friends aren't impressed with her. At the same time, her friend and mentor Constance Dubois is in hospital with cancer and she doesn't have long left. She needs to sort her life out and rescue her career before its too late. When Constance passes away she leaves a clue - a list of one hundred names - the only evidence of a story she'd wanted to write, and the task falls to Kitty to get to the bottom of the story and write it, both as a tribute to her friend and to prove she still has what it takes to be a good writer. But with only two weeks and a list of names to go on, is it even possible?
I can't say I enjoyed this as much as some other books of Cecilia Ahern's, it took a bit longer than usual for me to get into it. I liked the characters and as the plot and the significance of the names unfolded I began to enjoy it more. It made me laugh and the overall message of the story comes across well and makes you think a bit about your own life.
I found the ending a bit sudden and felt at first it might have benefitted from one last chapter but upon reflection I can see why it ended where it did, it was just a bit of a cliff hanger in a way. I think perhaps the whole book could've done with being a bit longer so some points could have been developed a bit further. That said perhaps the slightly rushed and busy feel of the book is a good and accurate reflection of the journey the character is going through.
Overall I enjoyed it, it didnt take long for me to get through it and i would recommended it to fans of Cecilia Ahern or the chick lit genre in general but don't get your hopes up TOO high as it is not as good as it might have been.
I have always found Cecelia Ahern books get a very wide range of reviews personally I have loved them all so far because I think each of her books bring you something completely different you are never quite sure what to expect, so I was looking forward to One Hundred Names and yet again I could not have predicted anything that would happen in this book!
Journalist Kitty Logan's career has been destroyed by scandal, and she now faces losing the woman who guided her and taught her everything she knew. At her mentor's bedside, Kitty asks her - what is the one story she always wanted to write? The answer lies in a file buried in Constance's office: a list of one hundred names.
There is no synopsis, no explanation, nothing else to explain what the story is or who these people are. The list is simply a mystery. But before Kitty can talk to her friend, it is too late. With everything to prove, Kitty is assigned the most important task of her life - to write the story her mentor never had the opportunity to. Kitty has to not only track down and meet the people on the list, but find out what connects them. And, in the process of hearing ordinary people's stories, she uncovers Constance's - and starts to understand her own...
I don't think I have read a book that I have so many thoughts about the book all of which chop and change throughout the book making this a book I am confused by!
When I first started reading this book the storyline started to interest me and sounded exactly like my kind of thing my problem was I found it rather difficult to warm to the main character Kitty. Kitty has made a terrible mistake that has practically ruined a man's life and I know we all make mistakes and sometimes we learn to forgive and forget I couldn't see this happening with Kitty as to me she seemed very self-centred worrying about how she is going to live with what her actions have cause for herself rather than for this poor guy, having to come home to various messages and "gifts" been thrown or written on her door. So I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to read on because of her character but as the book progressed her character turned full circle and I actually really warmed to her and saw a more vulnerable side to her and I began to warm to her. It was at this point where everything felt as though it was coming together.
The book also covers the story of a select few names off of the list of One Hundred Names and it was great to meet a group of different and yet down to earth characters. The only reason I didn't LOVE this book is that I constantly felt as though the storyline was building up to something but in fact it became a little slow and my attention did start to waver in the middle part of this book but luckily it did pick back up again towards the end.
I love the cover of this book it looks very delicate and a little festive which is ideal for this time of year and I think it is one of Cecelia's best covers.
This is well worth picking up although not one of my favourite books by this author it is still one I am glad I read as it does deliver many messages that everyone has a story to tell, and that we all make mistakes but we still have a life to lead just try and turn a negative into a positive.
I am giving this a 4 star but ideally would say 3 and a half.