Thursday, May 29, 2014

Book Review: What Alice Forgot

During this past long weekend, I was able to get in some primo reading time, which made it possible for me to finish my latest read, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
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This book was a bit of a "splurge" for me since it was $7.99 on the Kindle (on Amazon), but since I was a fan of other Liane Moriarty books and this one kept popping up in recommendations, or on Pinterest as a "must read" I went for it.
And I'm so glad that I did.

Here's the Amazon summary:
"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 (a gym! She HATES the 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…"

I really really loved this book. I loved how it made me think. I often caught myself wondering "what would I do/be like if this happened to me?" It was lengthy, and a little bit mid-way through I was a little antsy for the whole story to unfold, but all of the details and descriptions really made the story make sense when everything totally pieced together. There are also some side stories mixed in with Alice's sister and grandmother, that are told more in the form of letters. It sounds weird, but it works.

What I loved the most about this book was the perspective that the memory loss gave her. So often we get caught up in our own lives and heads, creating habits and things that aren't healthy for us. And sometimes it's hard to take a step back and see how you got to where you are, and what needs to change in order to make your life better and be the best you.

I really enjoyed reading this book, learning about each character, especially Alice, and seeing how it all unfolded and then came together. I highly highly recommend this book. It'd be a great summer read, for sure!

5 comments:

  1. Adding to my TBR list now! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Glad you liked it, I have seen this one and wasn;t sure I would like it. So love your book reviews.

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  3. ooh this sounds good. im adding it to my reading list!

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  4. I got this one from the library but never read it. Glad to hear that it was so good-- I'll have to put it back on my list! I just finished her book, The Husband's Secret. It sounds like she has a habit of weaving multiple stories together bc she did the same in THS too. I really liked her writing style!

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  5. Just finished reading What Alice Forgot - I loved it! I totally agree with the fact it really made you think!

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