I'm giving this book four stars, because I really enjoyed it -- enough to finish the whole darn thing (400+ pages) in one insomniatic night. It's not "literature," but it's well-written Aussie (not British, as I originally thought) chick lit. The characters are well-developed, the plot is entertaining, and I really liked it.
Parts of this book made me laugh, many parts made me cry in that Rom-Com written to make you cry way, and some parts made me think. As the discussion questions at the end ask, what would the me from ten years ago think of the current me?
The ending didn't bother me. It felt kind of inevitable, considering the genre.
What Alice Forgot is like a version of Sophie Kinsella's "Remember Me?" on steroids. The basic plot point of both novels is essentially the same: a woman wakes up after a head injury with no memories of her current life. She then spends the rest of the book trying to piece her life back together and struggles to figure out who she "really is."
While "Remember Me?" is more carefree at heart (it is by Sophie Kinsella, after all), "What Alice Forgot" is longer, deeper, and packs more of an emotional punch. This is a book that deals with marriage, motherhood, friendship, infertility, and divorce, and it does so with candid honesty as well as humor.
This is a book that demands every reader to ask the same questions of themselves: "If I suddenly woke up and thought I was 10 years younger, how would I see my current life? What would I think of myself? My decisions? My situation?" This book is an ideal choice for book clubs and discussion groups, as it easily provides hours of conversational fodder.
I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It was a deceptively easy read that kept me engaged from the very beginning. The challenge of having "young Alice" and "old Alice" sharing the same life was handled with masterful execution, and it made the entire story more than simply plausible: it made it feel real. I highly recommend it.
Loved this book and the transformations that took place ... made you think about what you would do in the same situation.
A very thought-provoking book, that was a fascinating read. Wkept me guessing from start to finish, and now I'm looking forward to the author's next book.
Another wonderful book from Liane Moriarty! This was so intriguing, funny, sad at times, but fabulous read...could not put it down. This author writes so well, it's like you're there, picturing each character, feeling each emotion, involved in their lives. GREAT book!
I really enjoyed this book. It is a quick read, but raises some interesting questions. What would happen if you forgot the last 10 years of your life? I loved the way the author kept revealing plot points as the book progressed. It kept me interested until the very end.
I really liked this book. I found that I related to many, many of the items discussed in the book. Really enjoyed it. Felt like the author got into my head and was vry similar to how I feel abou things. Read it via electronic iPad version on iBooks.
A light read but a story that captured my interest from the first page to the last!
really liked this story. It was set in Australia. Alice has a fall working out and when she wakes up she cannot remember the past 10 years including having her 3 children. Its a story about relationships and how they can fall apart and what we can do to mend them. I recommend this book. By the way its the June selection for my bookclub.
Really enjoyed this book - not your regular chick lit. Cannot wait to read another by this author.
I loved the pacing of the story and how the author revealed information about the ten year gap in Alice's memory in bits and pieces. It was suspenseful enough that I could not put the book down but not so suspenseful that I got frustrated. It was also fascinating to read multiple characters perspective on why thirty-nine year old Alice is the way she is.
This book had me thinking about for days after I finished it. What would my self of ten years ago think of my self now - not knowing any of the things that have happened to me over the past ten years? I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun AND thoughtful read.
This book was AWESOME!!!! Great premise, and it totally lived up to the promise. Good ending, too. Loved the style, and went right out and got another of her books, The Husband's Secret, and loved that, too.
I enjoyed this book very much. I was a bit torn with the ending but still enjoyed the whole story and all the transformations.
I loved this book and found it full of wit and wisdom. Highly recommend it.
A good story about second chances, really. What would happen if you suddenly forgot the last ten years of your life? Mine would be different, for sure. Alice wakes up not remembering her three children, for starters. As a former PTA mom, I enjoyed the interactions between the Moms (Mums). Enjoyable to read,but I did find the ending just a little contrived.