One Hundred Names

One Hundred Names

Book - 2012
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Kitty is a journalist who has just made a colossal mistake on a story. Feeling low and in need of guidance, she visits her mentor, Constance. Kitty asks her friend what story has she always wanted to write but never been able to? Constance orders Kitty to retrieve a file from her office. Inside Kitty finds a list of 100 names.
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, c2012
ISBN: 9780007350469
0007350465
Characteristics: 329 p
Alternative Title: 100 names

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Liselara
Apr 13, 2017

As rodraglin aptly describes, this novel has zero credibility on so many levels. As if a story on teacher/student sexual abuse would be televised without any proof of culpability especially with access to DNA. There are a lot more "as ifs" like Kitty taking a public bus when trying to track down 100 people. The description of the book is ten times more interesting than the novel itself which is why I picked it up but a lot of it doesn't ring true or in some cases, it doesn't even make sense. This is another "oh, let's make it up as we go along" type books and for that reason, I closed it long before the story ended.

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rodraglin
Feb 11, 2017

Story of disgraced journalist lacks credibility.

Kitty Logan is a disgraced journalist. In her unbridled drive for success she's cut corners and libeled an innocent man. The tabloid television news show she worked for is being sued for a lot of money.

The only one who still believes in Kitty is Constance, an editor and Kitty's mentor, but Constance is dying.

When Kitty asks Constance what story she regrets not writing, Constance tells her to fetch a file folder from her office. In the file is a list of one hundred names and nothing else. Before Constance can explain the importance of these names or how they're related she dies.

Partly because Kitty sees this as an opportunity to salvage her career and partly as a tribute to her late friend she decides to investigate these names and see if she can find and write the story that links them.

She can't. Or at least she hadn't been able to forty percent into the novel.

Rather than the unfolding of a promising plot premise the reader is presented with Kitty's very ordinary life, with the exception of excrement being smeared on her front door numerous times from irate readers and supporters of the man she libeled.

After interviewing a half dozen or so people on Constance' list and getting nowhere Kitty's getting frustrated and so was I.

At the beginning I had stretch my suspension of disbelieve to include the improbable plot point the the story hangs on - that a tabloid news show would allow a story to air that accuses a high school teacher of sexual misconduct with a student and fathering her child without solid evidence, like maybe DNA testing. I mean, do they have a death wish?

Being a journalist myself I know this would never be allowed to happen. If the reporter was incompetent enough to submit such an incendiary story without irrefutable evidence it would have been killed by the news editor, and for sure never got past the producer.

However, besides this grievous lack of research of the author's part I finally abandoned the novel because the story was boring and the writing mediocre.

Six names down, ninety-four to go? I don't think so.

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LOUISEANDSTEVEN
Sep 11, 2015

this was a very interesting story: it evolved around the stories of every day, average people. AS the title says "every heart has a story to tell" Cecelia Ahern did just that. This was an enjoyable read.

aemerced Aug 22, 2015

This was interesting from the beginning. I enjoyed the context of the book and really makes you wish you had a mentor like Constance.

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sasha7776
Jan 27, 2015

I have enjoyed most of her books with the exception of one or two.
Like her style of writing , plots and storyline.
This one was not as enjoyable as the good ones I have read of her but readable and a page turner.

kimmy1027 Jun 06, 2014

Another wonderful book by Cecelia Ahern. I have read all of her books and every one has been excellent. Wonderful characters, very interesting story.

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chchgirl
Mar 03, 2014

Cecelia Ahern has a unique perspective and makes you think. She once again looks at redemption and leaves you uplifted. A good read.

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Nenner
Dec 06, 2013

One Hundred Names was a very quirky book that I just happened upon one day while browsing the shelves. Although it isn't the most dramatic or intense things you will ever read, it is uplifting and gives you insight into the people around you on a daily basis. A good thought provoking novel with a great message hidden within the lines.

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meyoubou
Mar 21, 2013

I was pleased by this story and it had more to it than I had thought at first. Good read.

LaughingOne Jan 04, 2013

Another great story from a great storyteller! Cecelia Ahern writes complex stories full of quirky, interesting people. I always learn something about myself when I read her books.

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