- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1117 KB
- Print Length: 499 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (6 May 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062248642
- ISBN-13: 978-0062248640
- ASIN: B00FJ351G6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 663 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,65,267 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One Hundred Names: A Novel Kindle Edition
|Kindle Edition, 6 May 2014||
Mass Market Paperback, Import
From the Back Cover
Internationally bestselling author Cecelia Ahern delivers her biggest and most compelling book yet—a tale of secrets, second chances, and the hidden connections that unite our lives
Scandal has derailed journalist Kitty Logan's career, a setback that is soon compounded by an even more devastating loss. Constance, the woman who taught Kitty everything she knew, is dying. At her mentor's bedside, Kitty asks her, "What is the one story you always wanted to write?"
The answer lies in a single sheet of paper buried in Constance's office—a list of one hundred names—with no notes or explanation. But before Kitty can ask her friend, it is too late.
Determined to unlock the mystery and rebuild her own shaky confidence, Kitty throws herself into the investigation, tracking down each of the names on the list and uncovering their connection. Meeting these ordinary people and learning their stories, Kitty begins to piece together an unexpected portrait of Constance's life . . . and starts to understand her own.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Cecelia Ahern is the author of the international bestsellers PS, I Love You; Love, Rosie; If You Could See Me Now; There's No Place Like Here; Thanks for the Memories; The Gift; The Book of Tomorrow; and The Time of My Life. Her books are published in forty-six countries and have collectively sold more than sixteen million copies. The daughter of the former prime minister of Ireland, she lives in Dublin.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The protagonist Kitty Logan makes the gravest mistake of her life which desvastes both her personal and professional life. She was at major low in her life when her mentor and friend Constance shows trust in her to hand over her dream project but dies before explaining the idea to Kitty.
Now how Kitty discover the thinking of Constance behind the idea, how she fights shame and guilt to bounce back in life forms the rest of the story.
There is a lot of secretiveness in the plot with many fun moments and action. Overall it was a great read and if someone is looking for a book similar to Everyone Has A Story by Savi Sharma then this could be one.
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The story for this is that a called journalist Kitty has been through the mill - she managed to land a job on a small tv show and followed a story two women concocted about being abused by their PE teacher - she eagerly follows it and accuses the man on TV, and it turns out the story was false. The man lost his job and his marriage has been affected, but all Kitty can think of is how her life has been ruined - the TV show has sacked her, her boyfriend leaves her, people have found out where she lives and smear dog poo on her door on a daily basis, and she has lost all hope in herself. She turns to Constance, her old mentor at the newspaper she used to work at who ensures she has a job. But Constance is dying and Kitty is given a list of names, to use as her next story, Constance promises her she will let her know what this story was about when she next visits, but she deteriorates and dies with no explanation.
Kitty throws herself into researching the names, and finds a bunch of ordinary people with ordinary stories, but she continues with interviewing them and realises each one of them have led interesting lives and realises that it is what in on the inside that counts and not the outside, as she develops bonds with these people.
This is a feel good book, much like a christmas film, and it was lovely to read throughout. I would recommend this to all of Aherns fans, and yes, it doesn't have 'magic' or a touch of the extraordinary like some of her books do, but I feel this book didn't actually need it.
After this disaster and with its on going ramifications Kitty tries to reconnect with her Journalistic roots. She seeks advice from Constance her mentor, editor and friend who has terminal cancer. As they talk in the hospital room; Kitty is struck by an idea to ask Constance:
What's the one story you have always wanted to write?
Constance promises to tell Kitty her story idea; once Kitty brings a file entitled `Names' from her office to her.
But before Kitty has chance to bring Constance the file she passes away. Kitty is left with a list of one hundred names - nothing else about what the story is about or how these names are connected and two weeks to write Constance's story.
Kitty soon meets six of the hundred names starting with Birdie. Birdie is an eighty-four year old who lives in a home and has her eighty-fifth birthday coming up. Her eighty-fifth birthday will be an extra special and she won't be spending it with her family, instead she's opting to go on a trip. Kitty finds out why this birthday is extra special by listening to Birdie tell her life story.
Next Kitty meets Eva Wu who is Personal Shopper with a difference. Eva Wu specialises in gift giving; she spends time with her clients and the intended recipients before choosing the right gift. Eva chooses gifts that emotionally touch the recipients: repairing relationships, bringing closure and reuniting people with long forgotten parts of their lives . Yet she is very closed about herself and where these precious skills come from.
Jedrek is the next name on the list that Kitty meets. Jedrek along with his friend Archar want to break the World Record for how fast two people can peddle a distance on a peddle boat - and in practices they've beat the record! But they need an official adductor to come to Ireland from London, which both being unemployed they cant afford to pay for. Why have Jedrek and Archar put so much time, effort and energy into this record attempt?
Kitty meets Mary-Rose a young woman who looks after her disabled mother and spends time doing the hair and make-up of patients at the Hospital. Kitty meets Mary-Rose and Sam one of her friends in a restaurant. Sam proposes to Mary-Rose and Kitty sees a glimmer of sadness in Mary-Rose's eyes. Kitty learns that he proposes all the time to raise the atmosphere and to get a few free drinks.
Kitty struggles to interview Ambrose an eccentric, shy and elusive owner of a Butterfly Sanctuary. A woman with a large discoloured mark on her face initially talks to Kitty through her hair; having not been seen in public for a number of years. Instead she trusts Eugene a butterfly enthusiast and loyal friend as her voice in the world outside of her home.
Kitty constantly chases Archie, but he is more elusive of Ambrose. He's had bad experiences with the press following a tragedy and is now convinced that he can hear people's prayers.
Can Kitty discover the link between these six seemingly diverse people that Constance had? With the help of Steve, her friend since college she sets out to do just that.
Ahern brings all of the characters to life with her unique writing style; but although the storyline was well paced, it left a lot to be desired. Despite logically knowing that it would be impossible for Kitty to meet all of the one hundred people listed in two weeks, I felt misled by the title.
In comparison to Ahern's previous novels One Hundred Names lacked the hint of magic that The Gift, The Book of Tomorrow, If You Could See Me Now and The Time of My Life all shared. It was simliar to PS, I Love You in the sense that it close to reality. However PS, I Love You was an extraordinary read filled with emotional depth; whereas One Hundred Names felt mundane read with no emotional depth.
Overall One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern was a reasonable concept but was poorly executed.
Katherine "Kitty" Logan's journalism career is in disarray after she presents an accusation about a local teacher as true when it turns out not be the case and her mentor at the magazine where she works loses her battle with cancer. Kitty is given the opportunity to write up Constance's final story (the story she wished she had wrote) as part of a tribute as one last chance to prove herself in her career, but all she has to go on from is a list of one hundred names. Kitty sets about finding the one hundred people and finding out why they were selected for a story whilst also dealing with the implications of her earlier mistake.
Kitty and the characters she meets do have some interesting stories and are likeable. The story has a good flow to it and if you have a couple of hours to spare, it is quite easy to get engrossed in the story without realising just how much you've read. And then I got to what made me choose a four star rating instead of five... the ending. Without giving too much away, it is almost as if Cecelia Ahern could not think of an appropriate or better ending. I mean, it is harmless enough and I suppose it fitted in with the general message that Kitty eventually realised that was what Constance wanted to cover in her story. I guess that I was just looking for something a bit more substantial considering that Kitty was constantly trying to spot the link between the people she meets. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and my view of the ending does not change how I felt about the rest of the book.
Cecelia Ahern's stories do tend to have an element of fantasy about them - people that you can relate to but some of the issues in the story just would not happen in real life - and this is no different. Nothing wrong with that, this book is a nice bit of escapism and considering I finished this book in 36 hours, I did like this book a lot. Certainly up there as being one of her better books and is an ideal read if you are looking for something light-hearted and that is easy to follow.
The story follows Kitty as she attempts to save her career as a journalist after a story gone wrong threatens to end it. The death of Kitty's friend and mentor Constance sparks the story as a list of one hundred names is the story that Constance never had the chance to write. With no leads to go on and no connections established with any of the names Kitty must cold call and turn up on door steps in order to save herself.
The story starts quickly as Kitty's career meltdown is explored straight away, as well as her friendship with Constance. Their relationship appears believable and I think this in part is what held my interest; this along with the mystery of list of names kept me reading.
Kitty's character is easy to like however, I felt like I never really go to know her properly, as although the story is told from her point of view there is a lot of narrative about the list of names, as you would expect, but this kind of left Kitty's character a bit under established. Her story didn't seem to shine and have an overall presence above the stories of the characters she contacted from the list of names.
Kitty manages to successfully contact 6 names from the list, as she meets each of the characters their stories begin to unfold. The stories of each character are different to the next and also to Kitty's. I think this is where some of her character gets lost.
The idea in itself is interesting and the overriding message from the book is that everyone has a story to tell. I agree with this but would have liked to see a bit more of Kitty and maybe a name from the list that had some connection to her own life.
The story follows Kitty Logan, a journalist whose name is mud, thanks to her falsely accusing an innocent man on TV. Her boss is ill with cancer and Kitty asks her what story she wanted to write but never got round to and her boss presents her with a list of 100 names. Kitty then sets off to find these 100 people to interview and find out their stories.
This all leads to a funny set of people and situations and these all make the story what it is ......heart-warming. The characters are clearly presented and they all have very individual characters that will keep you interested all the way through.
I enjoyed reading this over a weekend and as I had the Kindle version, the print is not tiny and easy to read. The only reason that I didn't give this book 5 stars is because I am comparing it to her other books, some of which I prefer, but as a stand-alone read, this is great and a really good introduction to Ahern's writing.
Kitty is a journalist who after wrongly accusing a teacher of abuse finds herself jobless and a figure for hate and scorn. She has lost her way personally & professionally and to make it worse her mentor Constance has died of cancer. As a tribute to her friend she agrees to write the one story her friend always wished she'd published. All she has is a list of 100 random names with no apparent connection.
Kitty's journey is not just about the story but one of self discovery and it contains lots of lovely sub plots which intertwine beautifully and whilst seeming to have nothing in common lead us to a very satisfying conclusion. I found it uplifting, a real boost post-christmas and a joy to read. Ahern writes her main character so well the change in her throughout the novel is subtle moving her from being dissatisfied with herself to rediscovering the joy of journalism through the people she meets and the stories they tell. A journey I wouldn't have missed for he world
I really enjoyed this novel. While I loved Cecelia Ahern's 'How to Fall In Love', having read the two of them in quick succession, I think 'One Hundred Names' is my favourite.
Kitty is a great character and the quest she's set by her beloved friend, Constance, leads her on a journey I was only too happy to tag along with. The array of people she meets, each special in their own way, mean there's a colourful cast of individuals, whose stories I was as intrigued to discover as Kitty herself.
I recommend this to anyone wanting a good, thought-provoking read.
Like previous books nothing made me laugh or cry out loud. I hope that the next book is not as disappointing as this.
Kitty our jaded main character evolves to realise that a journalist with a conscience writes better stories. The stories of the 6 people she interviews really enthralled me, and I became lost to the beautifully written pages.
That said, I have always been drawn to Ms Ahern's books due to the element of magic, of that sparkle and I missed that aspect very much.
I would definitely recommend it however to old and young.