What Alice Forgot

What Alice Forgot

eBook - 2011 | 1st American ed.
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Suffering an accident that causes her to forget the last ten years of her life, Alice is astonished to discover that she is thirty-nine years old, a mother of three children, and in the midst of an acrimonious divorce from a man she dearly loves.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2011.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9781101505977
1101505974
9781101515372
1101515376
Characteristics: 1 online resource (426 p.)

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flightofabluebird Jan 02, 2021

Nice, light, easy read. The addition of the letters added a great perspective to the story.

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stefaniet
Oct 11, 2020

Loved it! I had been in a bit of a reading rut so it was so refreshing to read a book I actually enjoyed again.

This book really had me assess myself and look back on the past to see how much I've changed (good or bad) and how people in my life 10 years ago would view me now.

I almost completely hated the ending of the book (I still wish it had gone a little smoother) but the epilogue really tied it all together and made it okay. I do think the book was a bit long for the ending to be as choppy as it was.

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lmeyrueix4
Apr 22, 2020

I never expect to enjoy Liane Moriarty’s stories so much. I have to admit that I always go in with a biased opinion of her books, mainly due to the topic — I just can’t imagine a story of “family life” to be so riveting.

But Liane Moriarty spins a narrative that is so compelling even if the storyline appears to lack extravagance or thrill.

What Alice Forgot is a story meant to make you realize that everything in life is based on perspective, and your perspective on things is ever-changing. The perspective you have today will differ from the perspective you had even a year ago. Your experiences throughout your life mold and shape you, and although you may remain the same person at the core, you are molded over time to view things differently. Let’s also never forget one of the few truths in life — THINGS CHANGE.

Through this novel, Moriarty is able to make us consider the importance of perspective by spinning a story where the main character, Alice, forgets the past ten years of her life. Using this framework of a narrative, she is able to make you question your own life and consider what are the things that are truly important?

I do appreciate the happy ending that comes with this book. I feel it is important with these sort of stories to end on an optimistic point of sorts. Mainly so that we, the reader, can practice realizing that turmoil does not always have to end badly.

“The only thing in life that is constant is change” — Heraclitus

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lozza1401
Dec 10, 2019

Love it! Great summer read.

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kvanmooresma
Oct 29, 2019

This book made me want to throw it across the room many, many times. If the characters would just TALK TO EACH OTHER, 95% of the drama could be avoided. (Of course, I guess that would kind of kill most of the book, so...).

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kellydelancy
Sep 14, 2019

Book Club selection.

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Katy80did
Sep 11, 2019

Recommended by Karen

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Katy80did
Sep 11, 2019

Recommended by Karen

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Alpha_zzz
Sep 06, 2019

It’s hard to rate this book. There were some really good parts and some not-so-great parts. For instance, I was losing my patience with the droning of Alice not having her memory, but then it got rather interesting and the story developed.
The end simply see-saws all over the place. It’s a somewhat interesting and blasé read.

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Gwen904
Nov 11, 2018

And that's when Ben said, "Lots of children must have lost their parents." He said it solemnly, but also with a definite hint of cheer. As in, hey, how handy! Lots of dead parents! Lots of spare kids up for grabs! Maybe a cute violin player is crawling out of the rubble right now.
- Page 243

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Gwen904
Nov 11, 2018

"Good luck," said the nurse as I left.
She's the one who always says "Good luck." In a sort of patronizing way.
"Oh, f**k off with your good luck," I said, and punched her in the nose.
- Page 265

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Gwen904
Nov 11, 2018

Ben's mum is probably right when she says "Nature knows best." Nature knows that I would make a terrible mother. Each time I get pregnant, Nature says, "Actually, this kid would be better off dead than having a mother like her.
- Page 253

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kn1226
Sep 14, 2015

The Caesar salad wasn’t very nice. A lackluster attempt. Wilted lettuce. Stale croutons. Very disappointing. Like life.

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Gwen904
Nov 11, 2018

Sexual Content: Kissing, flirting, and talk of condoms, divorce, boyfriends/girlfriends, affairs, and infertility. A couple of instances of sex, although these are memories are not described.

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Gwen904
Nov 11, 2018

Coarse Language: A few uses of f**k and variants, motherf**king, and b**ch. One or two uses of sh**. Frequent taking the Lord's name in vain.

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