Monday, May 26, 2014

Book Review: "One Hundred Names" by Cecelia Ahern

One Hundred Names Cecelia Ahern
Published: May, 2014
ISBN: 9780007350483
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours

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 Thoughts:
I've really enjoyed Cecelia Ahern's previous books and, when I saw she had a new novel coming out, I knew I wanted to read it.  I really enjoy her fanciful style and interesting characters and One Hundred Names did have many of those qualities.

I will admit that I did not immediately warm to Kitty Logan--but I do think that was intentional.  But, as she grew through the book, I grew to like her more.  There are a number of very interesting secondary characters in this book and there was something about this book that reminded me of the late Maeve Binchy.

However, I can't say that I felt that this was one of Ahern's better books.  While I liked reading it, I did feel that there was a bit too much going on.  With a book called One Hundred Names, you know that there will be more than a few characters.  Still, there were a handful of characters and plot lines that didn't add anything to the story and made the book seem more crowded.

One Hundred Names is a quick read--something for traveling or when you want to give your brain a rest.  I probably would recommend it to others looking for such a book, but I would do so as a part of Ahern's cannon.

I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review.  I received no other compensation for this post.

About the Author:
Before she embarked on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern completed a degree in journalism and media communications. At 21, she wrote her first novel, P.S. I Love You, which became an international bestseller and was adapted into a major motion picture, starring Hilary Swank. Her successive novels—Love, Rosie; If You Could See Me Now; and There’s No Place Like Here—were also international bestsellers. Her books are published in 46 countries and have collectively sold more than 10 million copies. She is also the cocreator of the hit ABC comedy series Samantha Who?, starring Christina Applegate. The daughter of Ireland’s former prime minister, Ahern lives in Dublin, Ireland.

For more thoughts on this book, please visit some of the other stops on the book tour (link goes to the front blog page, not the specific review):

Tuesday, May 6th: The Well-Read Redhead
Wednesday, May 7th: A Patchwork of Books
Thursday, May 8th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, May 12th: Lesa’s book Critiques
Tuesday, May 13th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, May 19th: 5 Minutes For Books
Tuesday, May 20th: cupcake’s book cupboard
Wednesday, May 21st: Book Loving Hippo
Wednesday, May 21st: Stephany Writes
Monday, May 26th: Books  à la Mode
Tuesday, May 27th: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, May 28th: BoundbyWords
Thursday, May 29th: Peeking Between the Pages
Friday, May 30th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Tuesday, June 3rd: A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, June 4th: Snowdrop Dreams of Books

One Hundred Names
by Cecelia Ahern

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