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99 Reasons Why [Kindle Edition]

Caroline Smailes
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‘Witty and touching’ Guardian

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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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 301 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #139,984 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'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

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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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 99 Reasons Why 19 Mar 2012
By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This novella is subtitled, "how not to steal a child, in multiples of eleven" and it has nine possible endings, with two others to be discovered through the authors webpage. I was not sure what to make of the idea of having different endings to choose from and, have to admit, that I purchased the book out of curiosity. Even having read it I am not sure whether to laugh or cry, as it paints a hopeless and depressing portrait of an estate and a part of Britain I have trouble believing can truly be that awful. Of course, it is an exaggeration, but there is enough that is recognisable to make the story truly disturbing.

Kate is twenty two and lives with her mum and dad opposite the Kevin Keegan Day Nursery (so presumably we are in Newcastle). However, it is hard to take anything for real here, as Kate is confused herself about who she is and where she comes from. Her dad is not her dad and she believes her real dad is Uncle Phil, who is a 'leader' and sorts things out. Her mum claims she is not really her mum and that she was stolen from her real mother, who was Princess Diana. This fantasy plays out with both Kate and her mum spending much time and money on ebay purchasing Diana memorabilia, despite the fact that her dad is on sick leave and Katy's 'job' is watching the nursery acorss the road, where kiddies are 'dumped' from 7:30am until 6:00pm and making detailed notes about what happens there.

This is a place where Kate's only friend is a young girl who fled her last house because of a violent father, where eating disorders are seen as glamorous, celebrity is worshipped, young children imitate adults with insulting gestures and romance has been replaced with unwanted pregnancies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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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 24 days 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 14 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 Dee J Kirkby
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
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