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A Hundred Pieces of Me

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  5,415 ratings  ·  553 reviews
From the bestselling author of Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts comes a delightful, compulsively readable novel about second chances and the magic of letting go...

Reeling from her recent divorce, Gina Bellamy suddenly finds herself figuring out how to live on her own. Determined to make a fresh start—with her beloved rescue greyhound by her side—Gina knows drastic measures are
Paperback, 453 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Berkley (first published February 27th 2014)
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Chrissie Manby
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The publication of any new Lucy Dillon book is something to look forward to, but as soon as I heard the story behind A Hundred Pieces of Me, I knew it would be extra-special. What a question to ask yourself! If you could keep only a hundred items from all the flotsam and jetsam you've gathered over your lifetime, what would they be? More importantly, what would they represent? What happy memories? What triumphs? Which people? In the aftermath of a sudden separation from her husband, coming on th ...more
This story had premise from the start, and I truly wanted to like it more than I did. Very slow moving, following Gina's coming of age. So many things had gone wrong for Gina, and she faces the new part of her life, post-divorce. Culling her material items after the ghastly realisation that she just has SO MUCH STUFF, she decides to keep only 100 items, only those with significant meaning. Alternate chapters from past to present that intertwine to tell us the story of all that went wrong, to her ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I've never read any of Lucy Dillon's books, so A Hundred Pieces of Me is the first ever book I've read by such an wonderfully talented author. She's been on the women's fiction scene for some time now and I regret for not reading her previous books because after A Hundred Pieces of Me, I'm in desperate need of her other books!

A Hundred Pieces of Me follows the story of Georgina "Gina" Bellamy who has come to a crossroad in life - she's torn between moving on or ho
Dale Harcombe
Gina Bellamy has had some rough times, being diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age and having a cheating husband that ends in divorce. She moves into a flat on her own and decides to keep just a hundred special things. The rest she will get rid of in one way or another. As Gina goes through the items the reader learns more of her life.
I liked the premise of this book but somewhere along the way it took a detour and didn’t end up being about the hundred special things at all. Instead it e
Blodeuedd Finland
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: women-s-fiction
I am afraid that last chapter totally soured my feelings about this book, like BOOM, instant bad feeling.

It started off well enough. Gina is going through a divorce. She left a house she loved. She is going through all her things and making a list of 100 things to keep.

We learn that she knows nothing about her dad. She had cancer. She lost her one true love. She has issues with her mother. She is a bit lost.

So a book about her finding herself, moving on, letting go.

And boom, I am not gonna spoil
Nov 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
More like a hundred pieces of boring me.
I love Lucy Dillon's books. Like, LOVE love them. And so I was all prepared to love A Hundred Pieces of Me. I loved the concept of it before the book came out. Gina Bellamy has had a tough few years, dealing with illness, a cheating husband and divorce, and finds herself moving into a small flat on her own. While there, she realises that she has too many possessions - something I can relate to as a closet hoarder - and so resolves to sort through her belongings and keep only 100 items, that are ...more
Moony MeowPoff
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me happy, had me angry and also sad. This book made me think of things i treasure, not like food or soap or things like that. But things that i have brought with me in life and that have great meaning to me. Things like the Teddybear that i've owned for as long as i've lived or a necklace i treasure because it was given to me by a loved one. They all, all of those things; They have a story to tell and a meaning that is dear to my heart. It is that with some books that i own as well ...more
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Every once in a while I need a break from my typical reading of serial killers. So I decided to check out this book. While it was not bad it was just not as light hearted as I thought or hoped it would be. It was kind of sad in a depressing way. So unless you are in the right mood to read this type of book you might want to hold off until than. While I liked Gina. I liked the Gina of the present and not the past. It was the past that I found that I really disliked. It was the sad parts. Thus par ...more
Jess The Bookworm
This story follows Gina, who has just discovered that her husband is cheating on her and wants a divorce. She packs everything up and moves into a new flat to start over. She decides to throw away anything that will not serve a purpose or make her happy, aiming to hold on to only 100 things.

As Gina starts sorting through her belongings, we see flashbacks into her life. How she met her husband, her history with breast cancer, details of her first love, and glimpses into her relationship with her
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel quite ashamed to admit that I have a few of Lucy's books on my bookshelves still waiting to be read. However after this lovely read I shall hunt them out and give them the attention they deserve.

Gina Bellamy has been through an awful lot in her life, including the death of her father when she was only a child, surviving a life threatening illness and now a marriage breakdown. Newly single and having to move into a much smaller flat, she is horrified at the huge amount of boxes of possessi
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had an interesting premise: a young woman chooses 100 items to bring with her to her new home after her divorce. However in time, the character (or author) seems to give up that plan, and there was nothing to with which to replace it, except for an artificially convenient love-interest. The flip-flopping through time got tedious after a while, and these little out-of-sequence snap-shots did not add enough to the story.

It was a nice attempt at a fun Brit-Chick-Lit book, but it didn't q
Juliana Graham
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 3.5 star book. I loved the writing style of Lucy Dillon and found that I could really relate to the main character. Following her divorce from her husband, Gina is forced to drastically downsize and think about what she really needs to keep in her tiny flat. As we examine each of the objects that Gina keeps, we are told a snippet of the story from the past that explains how Gina has become the person she is now, the mystery of Kit, her first love and the breakdown of her relationship with her ...more
Jane Linfoot
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A slow burn beginning, where, several times, when the main character was first decluttering, I had the fleeting thought "I can't actually believe I'm ploughing through this level of mundane detail". But the sheer quality of writing, and the outstanding depth of character development pulled me through, and this turned out to be one of my most enjoyable recent reads. A fabulous book, with a lovely, yet poignant story, where the interweaving of the different story threads from the past and present ...more
Nadhirah Raduan
At first, I have a doubt on whether I can finish to read this book ( 516 pages is a huge number for me. lol). I'm afraid if I get bored in the middle of reading and just don't want to proceed . But guess what, I did it ! cheers! the story line is very interesting. I can't deny the story is quite slow but I just love on how the author manage to reveal all the questions and thought through the chapters. This story is about Gina who undergo divorce in her relationship with Stuart. Divorce is the mo ...more
Judy D Collins
A Hundred Pieces of Meby Lucy Dillon is a bittersweet and inspiring story of loss and love, forgiveness and finding what is important in life; a compelling tale of starting over and self-discovery.

Gina Bellamy has been through many struggles in her life, she now finds herself on her own and single, starting over from scratch in a tiny apartment and decides she will only keep a hundred of important things a hundred pieces of herself.

While many of us have been down similar roads in our lives, so
A Hundred Million Pieces by Lucy Dillon is very depressing. Gina, the female protagonist, has been through so much heartache in her life. She lost her one true love in a car accident she blames herself for. She was too tipsy from a party and he decided to drive. Her one true love ends up paralyzed, and turns his back on her even after all his talk of love and having this great connection with her. His mother blocks all attempts Gina makes to get in touch with him. A few years later she meets her ...more

The book is kind of difficult to rate as I enjoyed the overall story but didn't like every way it was told.

In the beginning many things were described in way too much detail for my taste. I see that every item had a meaning for Gina but I don't need to know about every bowl or how many different mugs she is having in her cupboards, including a detailed description. Fortunately this got less throughout the book. I think the book could have been way shorter.

I did like the reviews of Gina's past
Preethi Venugopala
It was an okay read.
Somehow the sequence of the chapters, the 100 things, and the way it went backward and forward in time made it a bit dull for me. I inevitably compared it with 'The last letter from your lover' by Jojo Moyes who had employed a similar technique. She did it wonderfully whereas this book at times bored me.
It has a beautiful message that urges us to live in the moment. It also asks us to let go of the past, forgive and forget.
I could not relate to Gina who is a hoarder. Maybe
I love discovering new authors and this one is one of my favorites. I hope to read her other books. She is a talented writer that takes you on a journey that is unforgettable. This is one of the best reads I have had so far this winter.
Milly Potter
definitely an easy summer holiday read!
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
well I like the idea I just dont like the book very much... I found it quite booring to be honest and the main character to be a big wimp
Julia Sarene
4,5 stars for this one.

Yet again Lucy Dillon manages to create great, relatable and easy to like characters. In this one the characters (the main character not so much as the others) felt a bit more stereotype to me than in her other books I've read by the same author.

Once again there's more than one problem in this one: divorce, affair, traumatized dog, teenage trauma, breast cancer to name the main ones.

This one has an ending that is way more open ended than the other books of Dillon I read. I
Ashley Glovasky
In a nutshell: As Gina recovers from an unexpected divorce, she vows to reinvent herself. She only wants to keep 100 things from before, and get rid of the rest.

Recommendation: This was a cute book. Nothing spectacular, but cute all the same.

This year, I want to try to read books that have been on my shelf for a long time. I want to get through a lot of the books I collected while I had cancer a couple years ago, when books seemed to be my only solace. This book was a gift. I enjoyed this one.
Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall it is absolutely lovely, well written, a little predictable, but so solid that it doesn't matter. I shed tears twice, most people that have read it will know exactly which two scenes got me. The only reason that I cant score it higher is because it is not original enough. The way of telling the story is very gentle, very effective (insofar that it keeps you reading because you have to find out!), but it has been done before. Still enjoyed every minute and have a few people that I will po ...more
Lydia Bailey
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely read. Every page brings a new & delightful insight. It's very real with a unique format. My favourite Lucy Dillon so far. ...more
I really loved the beginning. I was engaged and interested in the characters. I loved finding out the backstory of her items and her relationships.

And then.
Then I didn’t like it.
It dragged in the middle, the back stories of her pieces fell off and then the predictable “she meets a new man and will feel fulfilled after a couple months of soul searching” ending. Meh. Don’t know if I’ll read more by this author or not.
Ali Bookworm
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had this on my pile a few years and only just got round to it, but it was quite fitting as I am sorting through my old belongings and my late parents house so it resonated with my current situation
Karen Biegert
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few times, I nearly quit reading this book because it seemed boring and I wasn't really connecting to the main character, but the writing was great. Then, Buzz came along and I could barely put the book down. ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How I loved this book. I don't want to say a lot about it as it would only spoil it for a potential reader. All I can say is, it is a warm, witty, poignant story that touched my heart in so many ways. I loved Gina and her best friend Naomi - they're just the kind of people I could imagine being friends with. At the end, Lucy Dillon writes that this was a very personal book for her to write and I believe her - the characters and the storyline are so authentic. No wonder Gina felt so real and clos ...more
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Lucy Dillon was born in Cumbria, worked for a while in publishing in London, and now lives in the Wye Valley with her husband and their Border terrier. She has written eight novels set in the fictional Midlands town of Longhampton, which looks a bit like Hereford, although the inhabitants tend to sound rather more Northern than that.

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