Tuesday, May 27, 2014

One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

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.

my thoughts:

I love summer beach reads - you know, the kind of books that are quick and easy to get through.  Books that are fun and engaging, but totally forgettable.  Chick lit books are my usual go-to for a light, fluff read and Cecelia Ahern has made the cut on several occasions.  I've read P.S. I Love You, Love, Rosie, and If You Could See Me Now - all were delightful, heartwarming reads.  So, of course I jumped at the chance to read her latest, One Hundred Names.  

Kitty Logan is a journalist.  Her last assignment ruined her reputation - she falsely accused a teacher of having affairs with his female students (and possibly fathering a child with one of those students!).  It all hit the fan when the female students came clean and admitted to making up the whole story.  A man's life was ruined and Kitty was out on her ear. 

Life was not looking so great for Kitty Logan, especially with her mentor in hospital.  She had no one to look to for help anymore.  Her best friend was mad at her for becoming so completely self-absorbed lately.  Her landlord was threatening to evict her.  And her love life was non-existent.   She was floundering - even her job at her mentor's magazine was in jeopardy.  The only thing Kitty could do was to prove them all wrong.  So, using her mentor's last words to her for inspiration, Kitty decides to throw herself into a new writing assignment - one that will show everyone just what a great journalist she really is.  Armed with a list of one hundred names written down by her late mentor, Kitty is determined to figure out who these people are and what they have in common.

A wild goose chase ensues, with bits of personal drama thrown in for good measure to make a feel good read about the human spirit.  Kitty tracks down some of the people listed and winds up discovering the purpose of the list of one hundred names.  She also manages to find herself along the way.  Predictable and a bit over the top at times, One Hundred Names turned out to be a typical chick lit read - light, fluffy, and heartwarming. 

I would recommend Cecelia Ahern's, One Hundred Names, to fans of Ahern's works and fans of chick lit. 

Here's the TLC Book Tour schedule for: One Hundred Names
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!


Lark said...

Great review. I've read one other book by this author, which I quite enjoyed, but I keep forgetting to read her other books. I'm glad you wrote about this one; it sounds like a great summer read. :) (Not that I need another book to add to my summer reading list...but how can you pass up a good book like this one?)

Carole said...

thanks, Nadia. It's now on my library wish list. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

Nadia said...

Lark, thanks! I tend to forget about Ahern as well - when it comes to chick lit I'm all about Jane Green, Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin. I think you will definitely enjoy this one :)

Carole, cheers!

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

Lindsey said...

I haven't read Ahern yet, but this one sounds like a lot of fun. We love a good mystery in our stories, don't we??