The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot
By: Marianne Cronin
Publication Date: June 1, 2021
Published By: Harper Perennial
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“We want people to know us, to know our story, to know who we are and who we will be. And after we’ve gone, to know who we were.”
Lenni is living in the terminal ward of a hospital, all alone. An art room is created and she is put into the room with other patients her own age. However, she wanted to go in with an older class. In that class, she meets Margot, an 83 year old woman. They instantly bond and while Lenni may be dying soon, she realizes that between her and Margot, they have lived 100 years. Lenni has an idea to paint a picture for every year of their life, totaling 100 paintings. As they spend more time together, their bond strengthens. Lenni soon realizes that life is worth sharing it with someone.
This book is about life, love, loss, and most importantly friendship. What I liked about this book is that it really makes you realize that every second of life is precious. I know that this book is supposed to be about the friendship between Lenni and Margot, but those two just didn’t resonate with me. In the middle of a chapter, we read about Margot’s years within other chapters (most of the time), and the points of view change from Lenni to Margot. The relationship that I enjoyed the most was that between Lenni and Father Arthur, the priest in the hospital. She questioned religion and he didn’t bat an eye. He even admits that he doesn’t have all the answers. It almost felt like a father daughter relationship at times. I felt more of a connection there because it seemed that we really saw Lenni’s personality shine through. I did cry towards the end, but not as much as I thought I was going to cry, and didn’t love the book as much as I was told that I would! However, I think the message is a good one. I would recommend this book because a lot of people seemed to love it. Once again, I am the outlier!