I’ll start out by saying that I have mixed feelings about One Hundred Names. It’s not that I hated it, because I didn’t at all- I actually liked the story and the characters. It’s also not that I loved it, because I didn’t at all- I didn’t enjoy reading this as much as I thought I would. Once I got to the ending I enjoyed reading it, but getting to the last few chapters seemed to take FOREVER. I feel like there was just SO much information to cover even before we could get to the real big plot point.
This selection took the place of “A book with a number in the title” for my 2016 book bingo. Here is the synopsis from Amazon: 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 she always wanted to write?
The answer lies in a single sheet of paper buried in Constance’s office—a list of 100 names—with no notes or explanation. But before Kitty can talk to her friend, it is too late.
Determined to unlock the mystery and rebuild her own shaky confidence, Kitty throws herself into the investigation, using her skills and savvy to track down each of the names on the list and uncover 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.
One of my favorite things about One Hundred Names was the way most of the characters were written. I loved the characters! The main character, Kitty, was very relatable. She was honestly kind of a mess. She messed up in a very big, very public way, and she was stuck in a place where a lot of us would go in that situation- she felt a mix of trying to deflect blame, make excuses, and feeling genuinely sorry and upset. It was nice to see her grow and develop personally as the book progressed.
The characters that came from the list of names were equally as charming. I was kind of sad that we didn’t meet them until halfway through the book, and even then they didn’t get all the focus.
One negative was that there were SO MANY CHARACTERS to keep track of! I should have been keeping a list. But really. There was Kitty, her coworkers at the magazine, all the people she met from the list, and then even more people that went along with that whole scenario- it was a lot to recall off the top of my head at times.
While I LOVE Cecelia Ahern, I don’t know that I would recommend this book right off the bat. I liked that this book was a bit more realistic than some of her others (just for a change of pace, I LOVE that most of her books have some sort of mystical quality to them) and while the writing style was still wonderful and the characters were great, I just wasn’t very excited while reading.