99 Reasons Why
From the brilliant author of ‘Black Boxes’ comes a gritty and heartfelt novella with a twist: 99 Reasons, 11 endings, your pick.
Kate isn’t like other 22 year olds. She’s got a job to do for her Uncle Phil. Each day, she spies on The Kevin Keegan Day Nursery across the road from her bedroom window, writing down all of the comings and goings in her notebooks. That’s how she...more
The book itself is good, although it’s quite a depressing story in some respects, as it follows Kate, who lives on a council estate and spends her days watching the comings and goings of the Kevin Keegan Day Nursery.
The story is written from the point of view of Kate, and is written in her dialect. This should be irritating but it isn’t, which is only testament to Smailes’...more
Kate is 22 and lives opposite the Kevin Keegan Day Nursery, where her 'job' is watching the comings and goings all day and writing them in notebooks for her Uncle Phil, who is possibly her father. She is sure her dad is not her dad and her mum claims she was stolen from Princess Diana, which delusion leads to a huge amount of time on ebay purchasing...more
Very occasionally a book comes along that I class as a ‘reading experience’. They’re rare occurrences but are usually books that are so creative that you can’t help but marvel at the author’s skill. 99 Reasons Why by Caroline Smailes is such a book. I can’t promise that you’ll ‘like’ it but it is undoubtedly memorable.
The format of this book is the first point of difference. It’s a digital novel that offers a choice of 11 possible...more
After reading the story of Katy and her strange job that she has to do for her uncle Phil, you are then asked a series of questions to determine your endings. You then have the option to go back (as I did) and read all the endings because curiosity got the better of me! Fabulous and thought provoking. Definately recommended! 5/5 *****
But! None of that matters because the novel itself is terrific. The characters are brilliantly sketched, and the narrator in particular will stick with you for a long time. It's bleak as all hell, don't get me wrong, but not in the ways you...more