I don’t even know where to start with this one. The theme of cancer has been in my life for the past two years when too many people in my life went through the horrors of having it. And the closest to the theme I’ve ever been has been exactly when I was reading this book.
In one sentence: Hundred pieces of me reminds us that we have too many things, and the things that matter cannot be bought.
Title: A hundred pieces of me
Author: Lucy Dillon
Genre: Romance, Fiction
Length: Novel, 512 pages
Published: 27. February 2011, by Hodder & Stoughton
I had really hard time reading the first 300 hundred or so pages. The book was slow, and I just couldn’t feel the story. The writer kept skipping from one time to another, and that made me frustrated at times.
With that aside, I loved the way Dillon didn’t go in and explained everything right away, but slowly revealed little pieces that made the story into what it is. I also really liked the way she used the cancer theme. It wasn’t cheesy or over dramatic. It was what it was – life. And life isn’t always easy or fair, but it is what we make of it.
Short synopsis from Goodreads:
Letters from the only man she’s ever loved.
A keepsake of the father she never knew.
Or just a beautiful glass vase that catches the light, even on a grey day.
If you had the chance to make a fresh start, what would you keep from your old life? What would you give away?
Gina Bellamy is starting again, after a difficult few years she’d rather forget. But the belongings she’s treasured for so long just don’t seem to fit who she is now.
So Gina makes a resolution. She’ll keep just a hundred special items – the rest can go.
But that means coming to terms with her past and learning to embrace the future, whatever it might bring . . .
Gina Bellamy is one of those tragic protagonists that doesn’t bend down, at least not in a depressing kind of way. She is one of the strong people who decides something and simply does it. Her journey through lost love, cancer, and divorce made her stronger.
But things change. Sometimes it’s easier when it’s out of our control because then you’re just surviving. There’s no sense of feeling you’ve chosen a potentially disastrous road …”
I had a sort of love-hate relationship with other characters in the book. Her best friend Naomi wasn’t my favorite. I found her to be flat at times, like the mother, but that one came out in the end. Like book it showed in full bloom at a later part of the story. I really liked Nick, and I think he was, aside from Gina and Rachel, the only multidimensional character.
The idea of owning only a 100 pieces that are truly those that you want to own is very dear to my heart. Except for the books I don’t own that many things, and yet every time we move I see how many thing we own that we don’t even need – or want. It is one of those gentle reminders to get into action and see if the things that we own are really the things that we want to have.
Living in the moment is something I do so rarely. I worry. All the time. And then I am frustrated and angry at myself because I worry so much and when that moment of clarity, that moment of stillness, of being in the moment comes, I am care free and happy.
I need to be aware of every single moment, she thought fiercely. I need this to be part of me. I need to be here.
I would recommend this book to my friends with the tiny text warning, to keep going through the slow beginning. End is beautiful and surprising in it’s own way and for that I take my hat off for the writer.
Learn more about Lucy Dillon.
Until next time, stay healthy and happy!