Review: What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty

SPOILER ALERT: This review contains mild spoilers.

I have to admit, this book didn’t grab me right away.  But when I decided to give it a second chance, I could barely put it down!  It was such a unique book, a novel dealing with a lot of heavy issues: divorce, infertility, disappointment in life, premature death.  The author brings in a few different voices to tell this story, which makes it much deeper and richer, as we see what it looks like from the heroine, Alice’s eyes, but also get to read the story through the eyes of Alice’s big sister and her adopted grandmother.

Synopsis: This story is about Alice, a 29-year-old “mother to be” expecting her first child with the love of her life.  She wakes up from an accidental fall at the gym to discover that she is actually 39 years old, with three children, and no memories of the past ten years.  The story is about her rediscovering what she missed, who she has become, and what she is going to do about it.

What would you do if you suddenly woke up to find you had “lost” ten years of your life in memory?  Finishing this book made me look a little differently at my life.  We all have those really bad days, the ones we’d rather just forget about, but we also have the really beautiful days and moments, the ones that make us unbelievably grateful for life, and for the people around us.  Sometimes, all we need is a little perspective, and I felt like as Alice got a new perspective on her life, as her old memories began to come back to her, I was able to find a new perspective and appreciation for many aspects of my own life.

*Favorite quote*

“Early love is exciting and exhilarating.  It’s light and bubbly.  Anyone can love like that.  But love after three children, after a separation and a near-divorce, after you’ve hurt each other and forgiven each other, bored each other and surprised each other, after you’ve seen the worst and the best – well, that sort of a love is ineffable.  It deserves its own reward.”

Have you read What Alice Forgot?

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