Review: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Release Date: June 2nd, 2011
Publisher: Amy Einhorn (Penguin)
Page Count: 432
Source: Won from GoodReads
What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?

Alice Love is twenty-nine 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 thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

A knock on the head has misplaced ten 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.

Review: Imagine not being able to remember the last ten years of your life, especially some crucial events within those last ten years like the birth of all three of your children…that is exactly what happens to Alice Mary Love.

Alice suffers a concussion and forgets everything she has been thru the last ten years of her life, once the pieces start coming together she realizes she doesn’t like this person she has become. Her life is also falling apart, she finds out she is getting a divorce, her soon to be ex-husband moved out six months ago and she has been dating someone new for a month. She is determined to get her husband back, she starts to try to find out where they went wrong even though everyone is telling her once she remembers she is going to regret even thinking about getting back together. This book also has mini plots about her sister dealing with infertility issues and her “grandmother” (not a blood relative but very close to what a grandmother is like to them) dealing with getting over a past love and moving on.

I could not put this book down, read it in one day (in between work and school work lol). The author writes it in a way where you just have to find out what is going to happen next. I felt such sympathy for all the characters, made me think about my own life and the last ten years. I really connected with this book because I too have three children (oldest being 10) and wondered how I would feel if I didn’t remember them or my husband; a pretty scary thought. I liked how the author changed up between Alice, her sister and grandmother’s story and how she melded them together. By the end of the book, I was really hoping for Alice and her husband to stay together…don’t want to spoil the ending but the author really does have a way of keeping you on your toes. It was a fascinating and exhilarating read, enjoyed it from beginning to end. I have been recommending it to everyone I know since I read it, absolutely fantastic.