What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.
So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over…
Liane Moriarty is becoming one of my favorite authors! I just love her smooth writing style, her character building, and her twists at just the right time. You might have already guessed that I really, really liked this book. I almost loved it!
Most of us can remember the last ten years of our lives, but what if you hit your head and it all went away? What if? I kept going back to that question in my mind as I read. I also, began wondering to myself about how much I have changed within the last ten years. Would my 34 year old self be shocked at how I live my life as a 44 year old?
I have a confession to make! I didn’t really read this book. I listened to it. Same difference though, right? I have to say that the narrator was excellent. Now that I’ve made that little confession, I can tell you that this was a difficult book to stop listening to. I usually listen while I am driving to town, around town, etc. I turned this one on while I surfed the web, cleaned house, and fed the cows. I’m telling you that I didn’t want to stop listening. I had to know what happened when Alice got her memory back.
The relationships in this story were just so real that I could almost visualize the interactions between each character. Moriarty’s writing almost pulls you in and makes you feel as if you are a part of the story. By the time I finished the book, I knew every character and could have kept reading about their lives. It’s just one of those stories that you just don’t want to end.