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
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Liane Moriarty is my new favorite author. After listening to, The Husbands Secret, I decided to try another of her books and I enjoyed this one even more. The concept of waking up and thinking you are 10 yrs younger was fascinating to me. It made me examine my own life and think about what my 10 or 20 or 30 yrs. younger self would think of me now. I like the way the author builds suspense and keeps us guessing. She is great at building realistic characters and tells the story from many viewpoints. It's also interesting how one of the main characters is deceased. The narration was great. I highly recommend this book and my book club is reading it this month, so far the reviews are great!
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.
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.
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.
Ironically I listened to the story, while I had a head injury myself. I wasn't allowed to look at screens or read, so I listened to this audiobook, without knowing what it was about. Really loved the story and how it was read. Definitely reminded me that my injury could have been worse. haha
I love, love, love reading and am absolut addicted to audio books since I started my first one in 2010. What a great way to enjoy the day.
I had some trouble getting into the story... Most likely because the narration did not really grip me and a lot of times I had a hard time focusing on the story if I tried to listen while doing something that needed attention too (baking and such). But I love the voice and the way how Tamara Lovatt-Smith carries you through the story, she has a good voice and now - after listening to the whole story it will be hard for me to find a new book.
I love love love the story... I normally would rather listen to quite different stories but for some reason that title caught my eye and so I bought it.
And I did not regret it one minute. So many moments I (a mother and wife myself) can identify and connect with. It made me laught sometime, sometimes rather sad and a lot of times I though... "O boy, better check my attitude ;). I am not good or experienced with writing reviews (you never would probably guessed 😂), but what I want to say: I really can recommend this book and hope you will like it as much as I did!
So often when listening to a book, I notice that while I may be enjoying it, I'm not biting at the bit to get back to it. This is not one of those books! I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, the story, the characters, and the performance...This is my first Liane Moriarty book and I am a fan!
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.
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