Wednesday, September 14, 2011

(147)What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot

Publication Date: June 28, 2011
432 Pages

What would you do if you woke up and the last ten years of your life had been erased from your memory?  What events would you have missed?  For me it would be the birth of my nieces and nephews, my wedding, my move out West and soooo much more.  For Alice Love she forgot everything.  Even the woman she had become.

Alice Love was at Spin Class one day with her girlfriends when she passed out from a combination of exhaustion, hunger, and her drill sergeant spin leader.  When she comes to, she thinks it is still 1998 and she is pregnant with her firstborn.  In 2008 Alice is in the midst of a bitter divorce, she has three adorable, if not a bit unruly, children and apparently she has turned into the type of woman who not only attends spin class, but is the type of woman that she swore she would never be.  As she starts to piece together the last ten years she starts to realize all sorts of the mistakes she made on her way to the woman she is today.  Will it be too little too late or will she be able to save her marriage?

What Alice Forgot is a very unique Chick Lit novel.  Alice of 1998 is an Alice that is warm, loving, and easygoing.  The Alice of 2008 is cold, hard, and just a bit uptight.  When Alice of 1998 lands in 2008 it becomes an interesting tale of redemption and forgiveness.   I really, really liked the Alice of 1998.  The Alice of 2008 is one of those women that we all love to mock.  I liked the emotions the author brought forth when 1998 Alice realized that she wasn't in 1998 and 2008 was not turning out to be such a good year for her.   I think What Alice Forgot is one of those books that could generate a lot of discussion at a book club or with a friend over a cup of coffee or glass of wine.  What would YOU have lost if you forgot ten years of your life?


Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I have heard this is a great read. I can't imagine getting up and not remembering the last 10 years of my life. I am curious how Alice comes to term with her new reality. I really need to read this.

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

I absolutely adored this book!!

Susan said...

Glad to hear you liked this book so much - this is the next book on my list. I can't wait to get into it!

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