One Hundred Names Review and Giveaway

May 8, 2014 Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction 12

15732712Title: One Hundred Names
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Source: from publisher for review
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review Summary: This book has Cecelia Ahern’s signature charm, transforming ordinary life into something  beautiful.

Things are not going well for Kitty Logan. The story that was supposed to make her career has turned into a scandal and her beloved mentor is dying. When her friend passes away, she leaves Kitty with a mission: to write the story she always wanted to write. Unfortunately, all Kitty has to go on is a list of one hundred names. She’s on a tight deadline and isn’t sure she’ll even be able to find the right people, much less meet all of them and find out what connects them. Solving this puzzle for her mentor is a challenge, but one which might just help Kitty solve some problems of her own.

Before reading One Hundred Names, I already knew I loved Cecelia Ahern, having had wonderful experiences with both The Book of Tomorrow and The Time of My Life. This book lived up to all the expectations those books had created. What gets me started reading each book by Ahern is the fascinating premise. It’s hard not to get excited about a book with a great hook! Although in this case the big reveal hinted at by the description was a bit predictable, I didn’t feel like that took away from the novelty and beauty of the idea. It was a great way to start a fun, madcap adventure I was swept away by. More importantly, it introduced the reason I keep reading each book by Ahern – the brilliant characters.

In each book I’ve read, the main character grows as a person. This is something I really enjoy in a book. In fact, I think this is the reason a slightly predictable plot can be completely wonderful. Although I can relax, knowing the Ahern is going to leave me with warm fuzzy feelings, the main character still has to work for it. I also fell in love with the many secondary characters, learning just enough about their inner workings to be invested in their stories too. Aside from the starting point of each of Ahern’s books, much of what is portrayed within is simply ordinary life. This could be boring, but Ahern uses her exciting premises and touching writing to highlight the beauty and wonder that lurk in ordinary events. Her books could also easily be too predictable, too cliched, too orchestrated. However, the unique premise of each book saves them from cliche and the character growth allows the predictability to turn her books into comfort reads, without taking away from the plot. All of this makes Ahern’s books some of my favorite examples of a happy story done right.
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12 Responses to “One Hundred Names Review and Giveaway”

  1. Melinda @ The Book Musings

    I’ve only read one Cecelia Ahern, I have another one at home, but I still need to pick it up. I think I liked the first one I read and this one sounds nice too. Pity I can’t enter 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      It was very good! I’m sorry you can’t enter, but I do have an international giveaway as part of my Bout of Books challenge next weekend 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      It was pretty awesome! I’m sorry you can’t enter the giveaway, but you should check back next week for my international Bout of Books challenge giveaway 🙂

  2. Cayce

    Oh a new Cecelia Ahern! I really loved If You Could See Me Now and I have also read P.S. I Love You and A Place Called Here (both were so-so). And now I want to read this!! (and then maybe The Book of Tomorrow and The Time of My Life too…)

    • DoingDewey

      I actually just got P.S. I Love You and A Place Called Here at my library book sale, so hopefully I’ll enjoy them more than you did 🙂 I thought all of her books that I’ve tried were fantastic.

  3. Charlie

    I’ve only read Where Rainbows End, but I liked it a lot and it made me want to read her other books. This one sounds great, and I know what you mean about predictable plots not being so bad. If you end up focusing on something else that you would’ve have otherwise, and that other thing is excellent then it’s, well, excellent.

    • DoingDewey

      It’s true! And it’s also true, if I’m honest, that I sometimes just want a book to be happy. I can be a bit of an escapist reader 🙂

  4. Alice @ Alice in Readerland

    This has been on my TBR list, but I really want to hurry up and get to it after reading your review! I really liked what you had to say about it, especially about the character growth and about the secondary characters.
    Great review! 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      I’m glad those things jumped out at you, because I think the characters were really the greatest strength of this novel and a very good reason to pick it up 🙂

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