The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin (ARC Review)

Format: Paperback (ARC)

Source: Publisher/LoveReading UK

Publisher: Penguin

Genres: Fiction, Contemporary

Publication Date: 9th December 2021

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from LoveReading UK):

“An extraordinary friendship. A lifetime of stories. Their last one begins here.

Life is short.

No-one knows that better than seventeen-year-old Lenni living on a hospital ward. But as she is about to learn, it’s not only what you make of life that matters, but who you share it with.

Dodging doctor’s orders, she joins an art class where she bumps into fellow patient Margot, a rebel-hearted eight-three-year-old. Their bond is instant as they realize that together they have lived an astonishing one hundred years.

To celebrate their shared century, they decide to paint their life stories: of growing old and staying young, of giving joy, of receiving kindness, of losing love, of finding the person who is everything.

As their extraordinary friendship deepens, it becomes vividly clear that life is not done with Lenni and Margot yet.

Fiercely alive, disarmingly funny and brimming with tenderness, THE ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF LENNI AND MARGOT unwraps the extraordinary gift of life, and revels in our infinite capacity for friendship and love.”

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My Thoughts & Review

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot follows a 17 year old Lenni who has a terminally illness. While living what’s left of her life, she meets 83 year old Margot who is awaiting an operation for a serious heart condition. During a new art class that has been set up for the patients Lenni and Margot decide on creating 100 paintings showing their lives over the hundred years between them. As they paint their pictures we both characters share their life stories.

The book is well written, the writing is simple yet enough depth to send your emotions on a roller-coaster of a ride. As for the characters well, I couldn’t get enough of both Lenni and Margot.

The characters are well done and I could really sympathise with them both. Having spent long periods of time in hospital myself I could really feel Lenni’s frustrations of not being able to do things freely when and how you want to do things. I thought the side characters were also done very well, although I wasn’t a fan of Meena, she really started to get on my nerves and honestly every time she came up I sort of skimmed past those parts.

There are only a few books that have had me near to tears, in fact I can probably count them all on one hand, but this is one that will be added to the count. So, if you’re the type of person that cries when reading books, I highly suggest you sit down with a full box of tissues as you will definitely need them.

This was a truly heart-warming read. Highly recommend!!

Please check out some of the trigger warning below as there maybe some topics readers find triggering.

Trigger Warnings: Terminal Illness, Death of baby, Grief, Alzheimers, Death

I would like to thank LoveReading UK and the publishers Penguin Books UK for my physical review copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Rating


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Happy Reading!!!

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