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Book Review: What Alice Forgot

Posted Jan 06 2013 9:00am

Hey guys! I will be back on Monday with a regular post, but I wanted to take a moment today to review the book What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty as part of the Peanut Butter Fingers’ book club .

For the PBF book club, Julie selects a book for us to read each month and then we all review it together via blog posts. I haven’t posted one of these reviews in a while (the last one was Thirteen Reasons Why ) but I always think it’s so much fun to be a part of a book club and I try to participate as often as I can. Without further ado, here’s what I thought about What Alice Forgot!

[Warning: Post contains spoilers!]

Overview

What Alice Forgot is the story of a happy twenty-nine year old woman who is expecting her first baby with a husband who she loves dearly. The only problem is that she wakes up to find that everyone is telling her she has hit her head in a spin class and has lost ten years’ worth of memories. Alice learns that she is actually thirty-nine and a busy suburban mom of three rambunctious children living in a giant house, balancing an over-committed schedule, and fighting in the middle of a messy divorce.

Through a series of awkward encounters with Nick (her now ex-husband), Elizabeth (her sister, who she no longer considers a close friend) and busy-body neighborhood friends, Alice starts to piece together her new life. From what she hears, Alice is not sure that she likes who she has become and can’t imagine when she got so busy and so mean.

Eventually at the end of the book Alice gets her memories back in a rush, and she realizes that it’s all the experiences combined that make you who you are. She couldn’t go back to having the perspective of her twenty-nine year old self because she had learned so much since then about her priorities and her values. However, she also didn’t want to go back to the busy and mean person that she was before she lost her memory now that she had a fresh perspective on her life. In the end Alice finds a happy medium between the two and finds that her life is much more balanced this way.

The epilogue of the book was probably my favorite part of the story because it shows what Alice’s life is like ten years later. As a reader we get to see that her kids are now teenagers and need less of her time and, best of all, Alice was able to work out her relationship with Nick and they are happily together again.

My Opinion

This was a book that I kept thinking about long after I read the last word. I talked about it to my friends and family and constantly wondered what my life would be like if I woke up and forgot the last ten years of my life. Would I like who I had become? Would I like the choices I made? Would I like my career, my house, and my friends? It was definitely an intriguing book and kept my mind spinning.

All in all I think this book was really good (I couldn’t put it down!) and I liked that it made me evaluate my own choices in life. It was definitely a thought-provoking story and I’d strongly recommend everyone give it a read!

Other Book Reviews

If you liked reading this book review please let me know, because I have a bunch of other books that I have read recently that I haven’t gotten around to reviewing.

You can read all of my book reviews here .

Happy reading!

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