Book Review : What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Every now and again I get asked to review a book on my blog. 

Today, I opted to do that.

Welll, let's not fool ourselves. I opted to do it almost two months ago, but today is the day it is to be posted.


Alice is a 29-nine-year-old wife and mother-to-be. Her relationship with her husband Nick is picture perfect and she couldn't be more thrilled about the babe on the way. 

The only problem is, she is actually 39-years-old and because of a hard knock on the head, she has no memory of the past 10 years of her life! Her world continues to be rocked when she finds out she is divorcing her husband. In her reverted 29-year-old mind she cannot fathom anything tearing them apart and is devastated that the man she loves fiercely wants nothing to do with her! 

I absolutely loved the story line. I wanted to know what happened to dissolve her marriage with Nick. I wanted to know why her relationship with her sister seemed so strained. I found myself anticipating the gap of the 10 years being filled. 

However, it should be noted that, at least for me, it felt like it took eons to get there. I found the beginning of the book rather slow and the entire book a little too long. At almost a beastly 500 pages long, I felt like the same story could be told in less than 300. 

Also, be aware: the book is written from Alice's point of view most of the time. However, there are sections throughout the entire book written by two different charactersThe first-person dialogue is beneficial to give you a better understanding of those two characters, but it jumped out at me the first couple of times as disrupting the fluidity of the novel. Buuut, I got over it. Eventually. :)

Another aspect of the book that I love was how one could use Alice's experience to reflect on their own lives. I thought about where I was 10-years-ago. I thought of all the major and not-so major things that have happened along my last 10 years and I wondered what it would be like to have lost them.

10 years ago: I wasn't obsessed with pink nor USU basketball. Shocking, right? I didn't even know what a behaviorist was, let alone how to do behavioristy things. My youngest nephew was three weeks old. 

If every memory from the last 10 years were erased, there would be hundreds of people I wouldn't remember. The idea of not knowing some of them or remembering them, is mind blowing! It is also scary to think they could be lost from my memories and heart. 

It was such a fascinating concept to explore! 

Lastly, I do feel I would be amiss if I didn't make it clear that there is some very strong language in the book. It is only used three or four times, but that is far more than my liking. In fact, I stewed over whether or not to finish the book because of it. I am always disappointed when offensive language is used. It always feels like it is done for shock value and the same point could be expressed in a handful of other ways, if only the writer would have taken the initiative to find it. 

Included in the offensive language is the R word. I realize that it will take some time for the entire planet to be educated on this word and why it should not be used, but I guess I am a little impatient. :) 

All in all, I adored the story line, it kept my interest extremely well {considering the beastly near-500 pages}, there were some unexpected twists. 

And if anyone does choose to read this, I had two favorite lines. One is the last sentence on page 275. The second is sentence on page 446, second paragraph from the bottom ... particularly the last two lines with the ellipses. :)

Click here if you would like to read more about this book and/or participate in a group discussion about it!


It should be noted that while I was compensated for this review, the opinions expressed are mine and how I really felt about the book. :)

As part of the compensation, I have been asked to post this review on FB/Twitter three times over the next week. If you are my FB friend, please forgive me in advance for the bombarding that will occur. ;)

Today, I am talking swimsuits here. It is a little redundant to a post I have written, buuuut, sometimes when you are asked to be a guest blogger and you don't have a husband or children to talk about, you are left with talking about swimsuits. Again. :)


Shan said...

Sounds like a book I'd be interested in reading. Thank you for posting it.

Krystal said...

you had me all pulled in... until I saw that it was 500 pages long.... guess I'll wait for the movie (except, that's right... it sounds a LOT like "The Vow" movie, which I just saw)...

Kristin said...

Yea! I miss reading your blog posts, hottie!

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