Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Book review: One Hundred Names - Cecelia Ahern

One Hundred Names

The blurb.
Journalist Kitty Logan's career is being destroyed by scandal - and now she faces losing the woman who guided and taught her everything she knew. At her terminally ill friend's bedside, Kitty asks - 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, nothing 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 not only has to 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 starts to understand her own.

My opinion.
I liked reading this book, it was a very relaxing read. At first I thought it would be "just another girly book", but what started as just an ordinary novel, turned out to be much more interesting than I first imagined it would be. 
When Kitty fist started on her quest and first started meeting "the names", I mostly shared her feelings: exciting to know what the missing link was, but confused and maybe even a bit disappointed at the slow progress. But, again like Kitty herself, you warm up to all of them once she discoveries more about them.
The most interesting and surprising aspect, to me, is that you feel both hate and love for the main character, Kitty. (Ok. hate is a strong word). Apart from following her on her journey, you're also trying to figure out whether to like her or not and while she starts forgiving and "re-inventing" herself, you start liking her anyways.
The plot is a bit cheezy, but it moved me to tears since a lot of those people's stories are quite moving, so I don't mind too much.

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