What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over? Alice Love is 29 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 39, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce. A knock on the head has misplaced 10 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.
©2011 Liane Moriarty (P)2011 Penguin Audio
This was my second Liane Moriarty novel, having just finished Big Little Lies last week. I loved the thoughtfulness it presented to my own life, thinking back, wondering if I had regrets. It brought to mind a quote of, I think CS Lewis, something to the effect that even though nothing is different day after day, that after years gone by, you have a totally different life. Such a great story, great characters, and a superb narration. I am off to find another by this author.
Probably not, there are too many books out there that I want to read. Although, I loved this book, if I read it again, I would know what was coming, which is not fun for me.
No, but, I have read Liane Moriarty's books before. I have enjoyed most of them.
Overall I thought this book was very good. I loved the idea and it made me think many times how it would apply to my own live. I really enjoyed all the characters and it gave a good insight into couples struggling with infertility.
The reason I did not give it 5 stars is that the ending should have been better. I liked HOW it ended but I think the detour it took to get there should have been left out. Especially when she says that everything might have ended the same way without the memory loss - I felt a bit cheated , then what was the point of the whole book/situation.
Overall I don't regret reading this book it was very entertaining and gave me some food for thought.
The reader was good but it took me a little getting used to her voice.
My rating is closer to a 2.5, but some one with higher sentimentality may rate it higher. I would recommend to anyone who has gone through serious marital disputes and for anyone who has had difficulty with motherhood with the clause that they have walked away from these challenges with fairy tale endings.
The performance was what kept me through the lulls in this book.
All the characters weave the story line but however endearing the grandmother and her boyfriend's part may be extra.
Most people enjoy a happy ending, but I prefer one that would have delivered a stronger Alice. There are some wonderful times of introspection by the characters. At these times the book sparks inner reflection as well - at the things we should keep, those we should change, and those we need to learn to accept. At these times the characters - Alice and her sister - made me feel like I had two allies. This is all undone at the end. The story seems to convey "life doesn't always turn out as expected" and "that's okay" but the end betrays it all.
The story was interesting, had depth, and was woven well.
This book is different from The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies. It was more heartfelt and not as light or funny. I enjoyed the mature look at kids and marriage. The plot was interesting. I was never sure how it would end up.
Not that much. I didn't love her as the narrator. I like Carol Lee, who does Big Little LIes and The Husband's Secret, better. It was fine. I am also spoiled by Devina Porter..
I wouldn't. The title is perfect!
I liked the story, but I would have liked it if the narrator could have changed her voice to distinguish between Alice and Elizabeth. I was confused at first, until I realized the characters had changed.
I wasn't so keen on this narrator, however I think this had something to do with the fact that the other two books by the same author used the same narrator and then this book used a different one. This was disappointing. It's good to have the same narrator for the same series as you have made a relationship with the story and the narrator.
I would be happy enough to listen to the narrator for other books but not interspersed in someone else's series.
The storyline was great and I loved this authors other books.
The book had a serious plot line with great comedic situations and little remarks sprinkled in. I had to stop listening at the office because I kept laughing.
It really does make you think - would you be better off if you lost a good chunk of your memory? What would your past self think of your current life?
The story itself did not appeal to me. I spent quite a bit of time trying to imagine how a person could fall off a spin bike, so that was a distraction. There were a lot of other details that I just found ridiculous. For example, the friend (Alice's lawyer) who waited with her until the ambulance arrived but apparently never took any further interest in her "friends" condition after that moment.
I didn't car for the performance. I don't mind a narrator with an accent, but when you are narrating for audio, it's best to be as neutral as possible. It took several mentions before I realized that 'Bob' was actually Alice's mom, 'Barb.'
The jump of a decade in the epilogue was also jarring.
I think I would prefer a book about traumatic brain injury and amnesia more if it was based on real events. Nothing in this novel seemed very realistic at all.
I am giving it three stars because I finished it.
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