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Review: What Alice ForgotWhat Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Published by Berkley Books on Jun 1, 2011
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Format: eBook from Gift
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?

Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she’s actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

A knock on the head has misplaced ten years of her life, and Alice isn’t sure she likes who she’s become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to Alice.

This is a heart-breaking and thought provoking read. As I was reading it, I couldn’t help wondering not only what my life will be like in 10 years, but also what I would think of myself if I had a glimpse of that future now. I also wondered what my younger self would think of my current life.

Not only is the story emotional as Alice recovers, there is a strong mystery element as Alice tries to piece together her current life and figure out how she got there. Gina is a big mystery, a name that everyone mentions in whispers around her.

The story is told mostly from Alice’s viewpoint, but there are short segments from her sister Elizabeth and her honary grandmother Frannie. Elizabeth’s viewpoint didn’t contribute much to Alice’s story, but did help clarify Elizabeth’s life. Franny’s letters were whimsical and added a touch of humour to the story.

Overall, this was an engaging story that leaves the reader wondering about their own life. It’s a quick yet powerful read that will interest more readers of contemporary stories.

  3 Responses to “Review: What Alice Forgot”

  1. That sounds a lot like Sophie Kinsella’s Remember Me? It was a book I really enjoyed. The just wasn’t as far ahead, I think just 5 years and the main character wakes up in the hospital. It was written with more humour than this one sounds like it has.

  2. So I don’t understand the do-over part that’s in the description. Is the 10 year jump real or a dream? It sounds depressing to lose 10 years of your life.

    • That part is a bit confusing. It’s a real jump, and she does lose 10 years. I think the do over comes from the fact that she is looking at her current life with fresh eyes.

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