Title: One Hundred Names
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Published by: HarperCollins Publishers
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.
I always love Cecelia Ahern’s style of writing. Reading her books never fail to give me a feel good vibe and One Hundred Names is one of them. She never disappoints. Plus, I really love the cover. Kitty Logan is in the midst of losing her career as a journalist because of a fake news she presented. Also, her mentor is in the hospital dying. As her career and love life falls apart, she turns to her mentor and friend, Constance, asking her what is the story she always wanted to write but never got the chance to. Constance then gave her a file but before she could explain what it is all about, she died. And Kitty was left baffled with a list of a hundred names. No clue, no synopsis, no summary, she embarks on a journey to find what the link between those names might be. She decided she will pay tribute to her friend by writing Constance story. But no matter how hard she put the pieces together, she can’t find what connects those names with each other.
Kitty is hard to like at first, as she is selfish and self-absorbed. I guess it is done on purpose to show how much she grows as a person. And even grows as a journalist as she listens to people’s stories. It’s easier to like and love the characters that Kitty discovered on her list, though. Birdie, Sam and Mary-Rose, for example, are some of the characters I like. Their stories are fun and interesting to read. Each story is special in their own way.
It is a beautiful and heart-warming story as every Cecelia Ahern’s book that I read. She believes in the goodness of humanity that she incorporates it in her books. Which makes her one likeable author, in my opinion. One Hundred Names teaches us that everyone in the world, no matter how ordinary you feel, has an extraordinary story to tell. And that if ever we lose our way, there is always room for redemption.
(*Synopsis and photos courtesy of Goodreads)
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