Start reading 99 Reasons Why on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device


Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

99 Reasons Why [Kindle Edition]

Caroline Smailes
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: £2.48 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.

Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: Up to 70% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Book Description

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 spots her little girl in the pink coat. She likes her, and it isn’t long before Kate asks her mam to get her for her. Plans are made.

But then, quite unexpectedly, Kate flashes her breasts out her bedroom window at the little girl’s father. And that's the reason that nothing will ever be the same again…

There is no one ending to Kate’s story, instead there are eleven possible outcomes, 9 of which you can navigate through your e-reading device. Each is different, and each exposes a little more of Kate’s utterly wonky world.

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Page of Start over
This shopping feature will continue to load items. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading.

Product Description


‘Witty and touching’ Guardian

About the Author

Caroline Smailes was born in Newcastle in 1973 and now lives in the North West of England with her husband and three children.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 458 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project (19 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006KWAI2W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • : Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

More About the Author

'Caroline Smailes and Will Self are arch-experimentalists.' Observer

Caroline Smailes' acclaimed debut novel, IN SEARCH OF ADAM, was published in 2007 (The Friday Project/HarperCollins). The Big Issue North declared the book 'an engrossing and touching read from a new talent'. Since then Caroline has written four additional novels. These include BLACK BOXES, international bestseller LIKE BEES TO HONEY, an experimental digital novel with eleven endings 99 REASONS WHY and modern day fairy tale THE DROWNING OF ARTHUR BRAXTON (all HarperCollins).

Caroline lives in the North West of England.

Praise for her novels:

THE DROWNING OF ARTHUR BRAXTON - "Magical, weird, wonderful" - Matt Haig
99 REASONS WHY - "Witty and touching" - Guardian
LIKE BEES TO HONEY - "Haunting, heartfelt and beautiful" - Chris Cleave

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, Incredible and Wonderful Beyond Words 19 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
It's no secret that I love all of Caroline Smaile's books. Each one of them is so different, so incredible, that each book has stayed with me long after I've read it. Her new novel, 99 Reasons Why, is no different.

In 99 Reasons Why, we meet Kate Jones. Kate isn't like other twenty two year olds. She lives with her mother and her father and has a very important job to do for her Uncle Phil. She sits in her window every day and observes the goings on at the Kevin Keegan Day Nursery. Every day she writes down the comings and goings of the nursery in her notebooks.

One of the children, a little girl in a pink coat, catches Kate's eye. She wants the little girl for herself. It's when her mother and her Uncle Phil begin to make plans to steal the little girl in the pink coat for Kate that things begin to go awry.

The little girl in the pink coat's father, Andy Douglas, has caught Kate's eye as well and she wants him badly, even though her past experiences with love haven't turned out so well. Then there's the fact that she is Princess Diana's daughter, her father is driving an illegal taxi, her mother is sleeping with Uncle Phil and she will soon have her very own child.

It's a lot for a girl like Kate to keep inside. Sometimes she feels as if her head will burst with all the secrets that she must keep. However, even the most feared secrets will find their way out of the darkness and into the light.

When that happens, Kate's small, carefully organized world begins to unravel. And then eveyrthing goes to hell in a handbasket, faster than Kate can order a Princess Diana commerative pin from eBay...

99 Reasons Why is an absolutely amazing read from start to finish.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
99 Reasons Why has had a fair bit of publicity, namely because of the `choose your own ending' option that the book employs.

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' story telling skills. You do feel quite sorry for Kate who seems trapped in the sort of sink estate most people would be fearful to step into, and her family life is chaotic and at times, nasty and uncaring.

The big `novelty' with this book is the option to choose your own ending. There are nine endings on the kindle version and a further two which I understand are on Smailes' website. The ending I chose first was nice, and left enough open for me, as the reader, to interpret what happened next for Kate. I've only read one other ending so far (the one on Smailes' website here).

The book is quirky and dark and so I think the different endings thing probably works. I've only read one other of Smailes' books before (Like Bees to Honey) but she isn't an author who is bound by convention. Her writing style is quirky and unusual and so to have a book with eleven different ending probably works for this author.

I wasn't so sure, personally. I felt it interrupted the flow of the book for me, and whilst I'm sure there's probably some significance to choosing a number and a colour, I'm not sure what that was. That said, I did read this book all in one sitting so Smailes clearly has done something right! She's certainly an author to keep an eye on.

Well worth a look, and at the time of writing, 99 Reasons Why is a bargain at 99p.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smailes is a Storytelling Badass 26 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
There were a couple of years when I was a kid when I was addicted to 'choose your own path' books. I remember finding it so exciting when the apparently safer choice lead to chaos and the riskier to riches. What I can't remember is any specific stories or characters. At all. I suspect that this is because they stories themselves were little more than vehicles for the gimmick, asking for little emotional engagement.

This is far from true of Caroline Smailes' 99 Reasons Why.

Although the fact of the book's having 11 different endings has been used as its most marketable feature, it is not its most notable. The thing is a masterclass in storytelling.

The protagonist and narrator, Kate Jones, has been lied to and abused her whole life and has, therefore a limited understanding of the world. She is "employed" by her jovial and sinister uncle to watch the nursery school across the road from her house and, as a result, has barely left her bedroom in years. When Kate takes a liking to one of the children she sees, her uncle and mother promise to steal her the child.

As is often true, what really succeeds in engaging the reader is what we are not told. And given that the only access we have to Kate's reality is her own restricted view of it, there is a lot that we are left to surmise on our own. Caroline Smailes nails that right on the head. We know exactly what is going on and it is through, not that understading on its own, but with the appreciation of Kate's ignorance that comes with it, that the real pathos of the story lives.

Kate's story is quirky, it's heartwrenching, and somehow, despite its grim surroundings, it's hopeful.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read but left confused
I really enjoyed the writing so don't let me put you off reading this book. You feel you get to know the characters but not fully. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. C. Bush
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly hilarious...
Well, what a read this was! I don't really know what to say other than it's brilliant. I found myself (on many occasions) laughing uproariously and feeling guilty about it. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Angie Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars 99 reasons to read this book
I really should say 98 reasons to read this book, because I can't find reason 98 (is that the one auctioned off for charity?? Read more
Published on 8 May 2012 by Kaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly absorbing, disturbing and believable
Caroline Smailes has a way of making you care so much about her characters that you want to jump into the book and rescue them from their lives / themselves or themselves. Read more
Published on 1 May 2012 by Denyse King
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
What an excellent story! I read this in one day, could not put the book (kindle) down. Poor Kate, you can't help but feel sorry for her, with her mad family and her child-like... Read more
Published on 20 April 2012 by RhiH
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Wow. Iv'e never read a book like this before. It's brilliant, weird and un- put -down -able!

After reading the story of Katy and her strange job that she has to do for... Read more
Published on 13 April 2012 by becks
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable but wouldn't reccommend
Easy to read, short sections. However, I felt the storyline didn't really progress and personally thought the choice of endings was a easy option for the author instead of making... Read more
Published on 9 April 2012 by L. Trevor
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read and a fascinating experiment.
The latest novel from Caroline Smailes, is a darkly comic peak into the disturbing inner workings of a uniquely dysfunctional family. Read more
Published on 6 April 2012 by danpowfiction
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative Fiction
I know that the author was rather verbally attacked regarding this book and its multiple endings by a variety of more 'distinguished' authors (for this read authors who probably... Read more
Published on 5 April 2012 by Rusty McGee
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for your happy ever after?
Looking for your happy ever after? You might just get it in this book - but only if you're lucky enough to choose the right path. Read more
Published on 4 April 2012 by Amazon Customer
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
need a good book 0 19 Feb 2012
See all discussions...  
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions

Look for similar items by category