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 (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..

My Thoughts

While I thought this book was a little underwhelming, I did like it. It has a good story to tell. Alice thinks she’s 29 and pregnant but she’s not. In fact, far from it. She’s almost 40 and has 3 kids- who she doesn’t remember. But what makes it worse, is that she doesn’t know why she is divorcing her husband, Nick- in her 29 yr old head, she’s madly in love with him. As the puzzle gets pieced back together, you realize that Alice’s friend, who dies 6 months ago in a terrible, freak of nature car accident, is mostly to blame. It all really started with her friend. Which sounds like passing the blame, but really, Alice kind of shadowed this woman and almost took on her marriage.
It’s interesting to see how people treat her when she’s her 29 yr old self- because she’s nice, sweet, happy instead of true self- conceited, too busy, woman who has to be the best. I found her story to be a little sad.

What drove me crazy are the add ins from the Grandma- the letters to her dead fiance, I mean it drove me crazy and didn’t add anything to the story. I also couldn’t really stand the sister- bitter and mad at the world (which I get why, I do, I can’t imagine the hurt but she’s mean and hateful to everyone with kids- she even tried to kidnap a kid so yeah, hard to sympathize). I liked Alice more as the story went along, and I’m glad that her amnesia helped be a better mom, wife, and person. The person she was before she hit her head at the gym was such a horrible person. It’s no wonder the author thought she needed a good whack to the skull.

3 out of 5 stars!


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