99 Reasons Why by Caroline Smailes


 

99 Reasons Why by Caroline Smailes

Buy it here:

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/99-Reasons-Why-ebook/dp/B006KWAI2W/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1331652988&sr=1-1

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/99-reasons-why/id510349347?mt=11

 

It is only being published as an ebook and comes with 9 different endings which readers can navigate using multiple choice questions on their Kindle or via a spinning story wheel on their iPad or iPhone. There are also two additional endings. One is the ending I have shared with you, the other will be handwritten by Caroline and auctioned for charity.

This intriguing story is told in a distinctive voice, both poignant and funny. A girl stakes out a nursery school and copes with endless confusion about her identity.   In her time off she bids on ebay for Princess Diana memorabilia. She is drawn inexorably to one of the nursery children whose future hangs in the balance.

The story ends—well– the story ending can be chosen by you from eleven alternatives!

I have published the tenth ending on my blog https://belledelettres.wordpress.com/

I read the story in a single sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. Choosing one ending and then discovering all the other endings was a real bonus.

Here it is:

99: the reason why I was only worth ninety-nine quid

It’s been six days since the little girl in the pink coat went missing and me Uncle Phil’s in me bedroom.

We’ve been watching the little girl in the pink coat’s mam on the news. She was appealing to the public for witnesses.

‘Didn’t realise she had a mam,’ I says, looking at me telly.

‘Everyone’s got a mam, pet,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.

‘She sold her story to<i> The Sun</i>,’ I says, looking at me telly.

‘Got a few quid,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.

I nod.

‘She wanted nowt to do with that bairn before all this,’ me Uncle Phil says, looking at me telly.

‘Do you know where she is?’ I asks me Uncle Phil.

‘Belle?’ me Uncle Phil asks me.

I nod.

‘She’s safe,’ me Uncle Phil says to me. ‘Your mam’s keeping an eye on her.’

‘Can I be her mam?’ I asks me Uncle Phil.

‘No, pet, you’re a filthy whore,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.

I nod.

‘Can you make Andy Douglas come back, Uncle Phil?’ I asks me Uncle Phil.

Me Uncle Phil shakes his head.

‘I love him,’ I tell me Uncle Phil.

‘Andy Douglas is your brother, pet. You didn’t seriously think Princess Di was your mam, did you?’ me Uncle Phil asks me.

I nod.

‘You’re a cradle snatcher just like your mam,’ me Uncle Phil says to me. <p>

I nod.

‘Your mam miscarried when she found out I’d been banging Betty Douglas. Betty was expecting you,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.

I don’t speak.

‘When you was born, your mam went mad and I ended up buying you from Betty Douglas for ninety-nine quid,’ me Uncle Phil says.

‘Ninety-nine quid?’ I asks me Uncle Phil.

‘I paid a hundred but got a quid change for some chips for your mam and dad’s tea,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.

‘You bought me?’ I asks me Uncle Phil.

I’m a little bit sick in me mouth.

‘It was the right thing to do,’ me Uncle Phil says to me. ‘I got Betty Douglas pregnant straight away with Andy.’

‘I’m pregnant,’ I says to me Uncle Phil. ‘I’m pregnant with me brother’s baby,’ I says, and then I throws up on me purple carpet.

‘You’re a filthy whore,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.

‘What am I going to do?’ I asks me Uncle Phil.

‘You’re going to have the baby,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.

‘Have me brother’s baby?’ I asks me Uncle Phil.

‘Then I’m giving it to Betty Douglas to bring up,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.

‘You what?’ I says to me Uncle Phil.

‘It’s the right thing to do,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.

‘I can’t—’ I says to me Uncle Phil.

‘It’s either that or I’ll make you disappear,’ me Uncle Phil says to me.

I don’t speak.

I’m thinking, they’re all a bunch of nutters.

Buy this remarkable e-book here and choose your ending!

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/99-Reasons-Why-ebook/dp/B006KWAI2W/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1331652988&sr=1-1

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/99-reasons-why/id510349347?mt=11

 

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3 thoughts on “99 Reasons Why by Caroline Smailes

  1. It was inevitable the choose-your-own-adventure form would embrace Kindle technology, although I think there’s a danger of work becoming to specialised and pandering to readers’ whims. Readers are far too fussy and judgemental about everything they read and the different endings thing seems almost like the writers’ defeat, or represents an indecision or fatigue with readers on their part. Unless the project is a comment on the problem with choice in a cosumer society, i.e. being paralysed by the multiple options we have to make everyday about each banal purchase, to the extent this seeps into our opinions and feelings about art . . . so buying a specific pack of own-brand Tesco biscuits is the same is wanting Anna Karenina to live sat at the end. Anyway, thanks for sharing this excerpt.

    • Mark, this is a very harsh comment! Have you read the book? It is well crafted and each ending is plausible. It is so much more than a choose-your-own-adventure form. I think you would like Smailes’ other books as well. Go on. Read one. On your pc. Cheers.

      • I’m sorry that came across as harsh! I was just expressing dubiety about the realm of kindle experimentation, it wasn’t a criticism of the author’s work. I actually enjoyed the blurb and excerpt, though there are a lot of staccato sentences in there … I’d better shut up now before I make it worse.

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