Thursday, May 8, 2014

One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern

From Goodreads:

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 Review:
This is so much more than just a journalist writing the last story from her best friend after her death.    There is lessons to be learned and lessons that need to be shared.   Kitty Logan has been struggling in her career, Constance’s last words to Kitty are the ones that pull her out of that struggle and show her the way she can help the world.    The idea of finding 100 people on a random list, that seems to have nothing in common, was daunting to me, but I loved seeing Kitty do the research and find these people.  Yes, she did not find all 100, but the lesson that was to be shared and learned was shown in the first 8 people she contacted.    Kitty quickly realizes that she doesn’t need all 100 and concentrates on the ones that she has found.  Learning their wonderful stories and teaching them that everyone is extraordinary in their own way. 
I truly loved Steve.  I could see how he felt about Kitty, but was glad that he was a true friend to her.   He was there through the trial and the learning about all the people on the list.   He also was her biggest supporter.  He told her the truth and held her to what she had to do, but also was her biggest supporter.  Steve is the best friend that every girl needs. 

One Hundred Names is captivating and a beautiful story.   As my first book be Cecelia Ahern, I am sure this will not be my last.     I will recommend this book to my friends and family.

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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, RosieIf 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.

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