I’ve been binge reading all the books by this talented author lately but What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty is my flat-out favourite. Not just my favourite by this author but one of my favourite reads so far this year.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Published by PanMacmillan Australia on 1 May 2009
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Family Life, Love & Romance
Narrator: Caroline Lee
Length: 13 hours and 32 minutes
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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 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.
Balancing the books is a quick fire review where I list the assets and liabilities of a book (as I see them) and leave you decide if you think this book is worth investing in.
The Assets of What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty:
Vibrant Characters: I loved the characters; they were quirky, bubbly and very believable. In particular Alice charmed me right from the very first page and I went through all the highs, lows and confusion with her.
Memory Loss Theme: I was so on board with this! Alice has lost 10 years of her life and can’t believe how different 30-year-old Alice is from 40-year-old Alice. It made me look back and remember what 10-years-younger-Trish was like and I know I’d be as confused as Alice. Life changes us so much in a decade.
Granny blogger: Alice’s grandmother was a blogger and I loved her blog posts. And I snorted in laugher at the comments underneath them.
Infertility theme: Alice’s sister has fertility issues and this story resonated hard with me. I listened with a pain in my heart and tears in my eyes, it was raw and real.
Bittersweet romance: 30-year-old Alice was all loved up with her husband, doing up their dream home and expecting their first child. 40-year-old Alice is harder and going through a bitter divorce. And there was no big story, just everyday life and wrong priorities getting in the way. It felt believable and made me re-examine my own priorities. But it was also hopeful and tender.
The Liabilities of What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty:
Poetic Licence needed: Would anyone leave a woman who has lost her memory alone with 3 children when she has no idea who they are. Nope, I don’t think so.
Just tell her! Why did none of her family sit her down and fill in the blanks!
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Investment potential of What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty:
Buy ASAP! Despite those two (overly critical!) niggles, I adored this book. Go forth and read, come back and thank me later! I highly recommend the audiobook version as the narrator is charming and matches the tone of the book perfectly. Fans of Lisa Jewell and JoJo Moyes should also enjoy.