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
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.
Although this book is fiction, I found a much deeper meaning in the idea of how one's life might be changed if a person had the opportunity to forget past disappointments. The idea that one could suddenly have no memory of a friend's betrayal, the disappointments that had clouded the happiness in a marriage, or the stresses of the past decade of life. As a Christian, I found this concept very thought-provoking and made me want to work even harder to be a good forgiver and not allow those negatives of daily life to cloud my life and relationships.
As for the obvious, the story was gripping and entertaining. I found it very easy to imagine being in the place of the main characters. I enjoyed this book so much, I have already downloaded the other two by this author!
Alice...because her situation was a perfect example of why we should not store up hurts and allow them to get between us and the people we love.
I was moved to tears quite a few times during the book and I don't cry easily! I found this a very "deep-thought-provoking" book!
I really loved two other books by this author but I couldn't seem to get into this one. I'm going to check her other books because she is a great author but I don't think I'll listen to the narrator again. She didn't change her voice at all so it was hard to follow which character was talking or thinking.
Liane Moriarty is one heck of a story teller. And Tamara Lovatt-Smith was an engaging narrator. This dynamite combo made for a funny and touching narrative to which I could not stop listening, sleep be damned! If a detail was missed or a character mis-placed, I rewound back until I heard it all, every word. So well constructed through dreams, thoughts, flash backs and of course present dialogue, the novel is a joy, even to finish! You actually don't yearn for more. She's parceled out a perfect portion of literature. Not easy to do, making me ardently admire her skill.
Having just heard a true story of a woman who had been in a coma after a car accident, who upon waking found she'd lost the last two years' memories, listening to Moriarty's book I felt she very realistically portrayed what goes on in a mind wracked by amnesia. Both the real car accident woman I read about and fictional Alice had to reckon with the woman they'd become from the perspective of their younger selves. And both came to similar conclusions about their lives and whom they wanted to be. And both felt, in the end the amnesia was a rare gift. Found this intriguing; this tale can't help but make you ponder what you might feel faced with a similar situation. Not a bad life exercise?
In What Alice Forgot, Alice comes to after a fall, in her 40 year old body, but with the mind and character of herself at 30. Utterly fascinating how Moriarty has Alice cope with such a situation. Also dealt with, in the novel, from many viewpoints, how women ruled by biological clocks have to maneuver through marriage changes after children, the myriad of job complications and the heartbreak of infertility, older couplings, female relationships and their far reaching impacts on our lives and much more.
These issues are dealt with touching empathy and frankness. Moriarty wove us through a web of many characters of all ages and brought us to a delicious end. No easy task. Bravo Liane. 5 stars for sure.
I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.
Ok - so I am like a lot of people and I see my relationship and want to know what I can do to make it better. Sometimes I read a book about relationships... but usually found in the self help section... but THIS BOOK - this is a book that can very possibly give you insight to your own relationship.
I loved this book - I loved the premise, the narrator... the story. I loved the ending - heck... it's a great book.
I read and listen to books. I drink tea. I sleep like a cat and wished I lived in Hawaii.
I recently listened to "The Husband's Secret" (Moriarty's latest book) and enjoyed it so much that I needed to find something else of hers to read. I didn't know that I could like chick-lit so much. Is this chick-lit? I felt like it was smarter than what I typically think of as chick-lit. Maybe it could be called contemporary fiction for women, but is that just chick-lit in the end?
I really like Moriarty's formula. She creates an interesting event that her stories revolve around. Her books are suspenseful with side plots that also have hidden secrets. In this book, Alice bumps her head at the gym and forgets the last ten years of her life. AMNESIA! What a interesting and soap opera thing to have happened, minus all the bad lighting. So instead of knowing that she is 39, Alice thinks she is 29. Of course, Alice's life has change a lot over the last ten years and not necessarily for the better. We get to see in time all of what Alice has forgotten about her own life as well as those close to her. Her sister and grandmother also play significant roles in the book and narrate sporadically. Maybe the amnesia twist is over the top, but I think that Alice's reaction to the event and to those close to her was convincing. I thought it was smart and well executed on the author's part. I didn't love the ending, it was a bit drawn out and slow, but it didn't leave anything unresolved. Overall, the book was heart-warming and heart-breaking with a bit of humor tossed in.
I don't think this will appeal much to men. It gets a bit dramatic and focuses on the thoughts and feelings of 3 different women. It's a bit "girly". And, like I stated before, this isn't a book that you would call literary, even though I think Moriarty has well thought out plots and dialogue. I enjoyed the narration by Lovatt-Smith, especially her Australian accent. I thought she was charming. If you are a woman that enjoys chick-lit or contemporary fiction, then I think you will enjoy this listen/read.
What Alice forgot is the story of Alice Love, a 39-year-old mother of three who goes to the gym and passes out during her spin class, hitting her head and forgetting the last 10 years of her life. A lot has happened in that ten years, she's had three kids, become a lot more fit, and separated from her husband Nick, who ten years ago she was madly in love with. This is my favorite of Liane Moriarty's books. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. She does such a great job with her character development, you really feel like you know and care about these people in her stories. There is some strong language in this book, so be forworned. Other then that, I highly recommend What Alice Forgot!
Consider what reminders a visit to the past might conjure up to change our perspective in our present lives.
"The old Alice" - she was sweet and innocent and idealistic with no thoughts of grandeur
I have not but would like to
The telling of this tale made me very thoughtful.
This book made a very long trip very enjoyable.
I have not read the book; only listen, but none the less the narrator brought this book to life for me.
Nothing compasses this book. I loved the epilogue.
When she was in the kitchen with her husband right before Olivia came down stairs. That innocence was breathtaking.
What Alice needed most.
I'd like to thank the narrator for speaking life into this book. I couldn't have done it better.
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.
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