Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Review: "One Hundred Names" by Cecelia Ahern
I'll admit that Cecelia Ahern lost me a little with her last couple of releases. I read them but failed to feel connected to them in the same way that I felt connected to P.S. I Love You and Where Rainbows End. One Hundred Names has restored my faith in Ahern's ability to write stories that are compelling and believable. Although our main character Kitty has made a huge and careless mistake, and we want to not like her because of her actions, we somehow end up liking her anyways, almost against our better judgement. Kitty is not the only character that we come to like and believe in because the character development in One Hundred Names is impressive. Although there are many characters that we get to know they each remained distinct and interesting to me.
One thing that I really enjoyed about One Hundred Names was that there was a little bit of a mystery to figure out. After Kitty opens up the envelope that contains nothing more than one hundred different names and she begins to get to know some of the people on the list I felt compelled to try to figure out what the connection was between all of them. I enjoyed the fact that I was kept guessing right up until the very end and that while I wondered about the connection throughout the story I was still able to enjoy the story as it was happening.
Well-written and interesting, One Hundred Names not only reassured me that Cecelia Ahern's still got it but it also encouraged me to look at the world around me in a different way. I have to mention that I just adore this cover- it looks even better on the print copy! My thanks to HarperCollins Canada for providing me with this copy for review.