What Alice Forgot

What-Alice-ForgotI just finished a fabulous read – What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.

“Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.

So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. 

Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.”

What a fabulous & refreshing read. It really got me thinking back on my own life, who I was at 22, who I was at 32 and who I am at 42. I found myself analyzing my own life, looking at who I’ve become, how my experiences have shaped me into who I am and of course looking back on the mistakes I’ve made and misunderstandings that led to the drifting of friendships and relationships. Analyzing the greatest moments of the past decade and also forgiving myself for some of my regrets.

What Alice Forgot started off a bit slow for me and about 20% in I was tempted to not finish it, but I’m so glad I persevered. Beautifully written, intelligent, funny and at times very very real. There were parts where I laughed out loud and parts where the tears rolled down my cheeks.

I also loved the writing style. This story is told in three different voices, that of Alice, who makes the shocking discovery that she is in fact 39 and not a very nice person, the voice of Alice’s sister, Elizabeth, who has drifted apart from her beloved sister Alice, in the midst of her own infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss journey and that of Frannie, Alice and Elizabeth’s non-biological blogging Granny.

The book received an average of 4 star rating on Good Reads and has had over 1 000 five star ratings on Amazon as well as over 600 four star ratings. Totally worth the read. Its one of those books that will stand out for me because it reflected my own life back at me, because I didn’t just lose myself in a story but also questioned and reflected on my own life while getting lost in Alice’s revelations about herself.

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  • Reply cat@jugglingact

    Already on my to read list but am now going to bump it to the front! Great review. I just love book reviews

    September 8, 2014 at 11:19 am
  • Reply Pandora

    Yes, I loved it! Couldn’t put it down. It does make you think about how you make choices that you would never have imagined as your younger self. It shows how your experiences shape you and push you in different directions to what you expected. I have enjoyed every single one of Liane’s books, just waiting to read The Last Anniversary, all the rest I have read. They are all very different to each other, but I found each one totally enthralling. This has led to lots of late night reading. This one and The Husband’s Secret have been my favourites, but I also loved the latest one, Little Lies. I really related to it as it is set around the families of kids of age 5 in the same Kindergarden class. I found myself laughing occasionally as I recognised a 5 year old’s behaviour. Her books always have a bit of a twist, and that’s part of what makes them so good. They also make you think, and I love that about a book.

    September 8, 2014 at 9:33 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    Hey Sharon thanks for the recommendation – totally loved this book. Wish I could forget the last ten years of my life although would hate to forget my kids! Very thought-provoking and thank goodness for a decent ending xx

    September 25, 2014 at 3:03 pm
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