What Alice Forgot

What Alice Forgot

by Liane Moriarty
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What Alice Forgot 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 450 reviews.
l_manning More than 1 year ago
Ok, this is my first official "must read" of the summer. I loved this book so much! What Alice Forgot starts with Alice waking up at the gym. She passed out, and when she wakes up she does not remember the last 10 years of her life. She discovers that rather than being extremely happy and pregnant with her first child, she instead has 3 children and is going through a rather nasty divorce. As she tries to get her memory back, Alice also tries to piece together what has happened to her life. Where did it all go wrong? One thing I found so fascinating was this concept of how our past selves would view our current lives. I wonder how me 10 years ago would view my life now. It's certainly different than I thought it would be, but I'd like to think that I'd be pleased with it. Alice was not. Everything was so different than how she thought it would be. She had become a completely different person, and her younger self wasn't so sure she liked the current Alice. It also became apparent that all those things that seem so deadly important as we go through our everyday lives aren't always so massive when viewed with a different perspective. There were two other plot parts that were fascinating. One dealt with Alice's honorary grandmother Frannie. She was still dealing with things that happened in her past, and through a series of letters we see her thoughts and ideas. Frannie was fantastic! The other plot point involved Alice's sister Elisabeth, who was dealing with unexplained infertility. That part was heartbreaking at times. I think it was very realistic though. All the other characters were interesting too. Sure, they had their flaws, but in the end they were mostly good people just living normal lives. I found myself really thinking about how much we gradually change over time. Thinking about if my decisions now will still make for a happy life in 10 years. I know it's impossible to really know, but I did find myself reviewing how I treat my family to ensure that they would still be happy in 10 years. This book is probably an example of "chick lit" at it's finest. It's fun and light-hearted, but it does make you think about things. Or maybe that's just me. Some people may think the ending was wrapped up too prettily, but I think it was absolutely perfect. If you're looking for a fun read with a bit of substance, then What Alice Forgot is a great choice. Book won in online contest
Iora More than 1 year ago
Sweet, funny, light. Perfect beach reading.
Cecita More than 1 year ago
I was absorbed in it from the first page. As a newly wed myself, I have to say it felt so real and scary! I particularly liked how it gave you a few clues, little by little, of what had happened. Loved the ending. Agree with some reviewers about the letters. I skipped the Grandma ones but liked the sister's ones.
Lainie-1 More than 1 year ago
Great book with an intersting storyline. Alice's life is a story about change, personal growth & second chances amongst friends, family & spouse. I really enjoyed it!
Peanut61 More than 1 year ago
Fast paced book filled with a whole slew of great primary & secondary characters. The whole concept of amnesia really makes you think... about all the good things you've forgotten which brought you to where you are today... as well as all the bad! Thought provoking and insightful without being overbearing and pretentious.
Jacqueline Morley More than 1 year ago
I liked the plot and ending was good. Good book to discuss and put yourself in characyer role. Just really was too much at times with the flashbacks, sister and "grandma" diaries. Found myself skimming and skipping parts that dragged on.
Arlene70AL More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this book. I finished it in less than 2 days. Alice was a great character and mostly likeable. I would recommend it to almost anyone. Sort of a chick book.
igor34 More than 1 year ago
Really makes you think about your life and marriage.  I highly recommend this book.  It is an easy read and will keep you thinking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This genre is not really typical for me, but I liked the story and kept turning the pages to find out what would happen next. It is very well written and highly enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A young Sydney housewife falls and hits her head, and forgets the last 10 years of her life. Alice comes home from the hospital to three children she doesn't know, a slew of commitments she has no idea how to fulfill,a beautiful old house that barely resembles the shambles she and her husband bought and were working to restore and a vase of red roses from an unknown admirer. Why does her adored husband want a divorce? And who is the man who sent the roses? And where are the two stone lions that used to guard the front door? And does she really want her husband back, or is the tall man who sent the roses a better choice? To make her life even more complicated, as she gradually regains her memories Alice realizes that she doesn't much like the woman she has become. Moriarty brings her characters to life, and manages a happy ending that should satisfy readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the moment I picked up and started reading "What Alice Forgot" I was drawn in to the story. It was so easy to put yourself into Alice's shoes and feel what she was experiencing, as well as her family and friends. A scary prospect to think about happening to someone, but I so enjoyed reading this story and I highly recommend this for everyone to read!
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Review by Ivelisse:Imagine not being able to remember the last ten years of your life, especially some crucial events within those last ten years like the birth of all three of your children.that is exactly what happens to Alice Mary Love. Alice suffers a concussion and forgets everything she has been thru the last ten years of her life, once the pieces start coming together she realizes she doesn't like this person she has become. Her life is also falling apart, she finds out she is getting a divorce, her soon to be ex-husband moved out six months ago and she has been dating someone new for a month. She is determined to get her husband back, she starts to try to find out where they went wrong even though everyone is telling her once she remembers she is going to regret even thinking about getting back together. This book also has mini plots about her sister dealing with infertility issues and her "grandmother" (not a blood relative but very close to what a grandmother is like to them) dealing with getting over a past love and moving on. I could not put this book down, read it in one day (in between work and school work lol). The author writes it in a way where you just have to find out what is going to happen next. I felt such sympathy for all the characters, made me think about my own life and the last ten years. I really connected with this book because I too have three children (oldest being 10) and wondered how I would feel if I didn't remember them or my husband; a pretty scary thought. I liked how the author changed up between Alice, her sister and grandmother's story and how she melded them together. By the end of the book, I was really hoping for Alice and her husband to stay together.don't want to spoil the ending but the author really does have a way of keeping you on your toes. It was a fascinating and exhilarating read, enjoyed it from beginning to end. I have been recommending it to everyone I know since I read it, absolutely fantastic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read, especially for a mom and wife teeing to keep up with life. Heartwarming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've now read three of her books and have to say that I enjoyed her writing style. This book makes you think of what it would be like to loose your memory. Once into her books, I read them very fast enjoying the characters and her endings.
amylynne9411 More than 1 year ago
Liane Moriarty is by far my favorite author right now. I started with Big Little Lies and have read almost all of her books. This one hooked me from the first page and is hard to put down. I wish I had more time to read and I hope it ends the way I want it to. We will see. She is a brilliant author and I can't wait for whatever comes next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! It was hard to put down, it had a great ending!
FAF61 More than 1 year ago
predictable ending. Good idea, but got too long, and skimmed alittle. Good summer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was hard to put down and it really resonated with how your life can change subtly over time. How do you compare with the person you used to be?
ToReadPerchancetoDream More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure what to say about this book. I've had it on my reading list for ages and finally got to it, just to find it wasn't as spectacular as I'd hoped or imagined. Alice, after she lost her memory and thought she was twenty-nine and pregnant for the first time, was a sweet character. Her story was written in third person, but the author didn't take advantage of that "all knowing" style of writing, everything was shown as Alice perceived it. Interspersed in Alice's story, there were diary entries from Elisabeth, Alice's sister made to a psychiatrist, Dr. Hodges; as well as letters to an old beau written by Frannie, their adopted grandmother. These didn't add to the narrative at all, and would have made Alice's story flow better if just left out. For me, What Alice Forgot was just an ok book. There are some really good moments with the children as she tires to learn to relate to these little people she doesn't remember. There are good lessons to be learned about moderation, in life, in family, in friendship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy. fast read that helps put life in perspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a book worth reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes it hard to rate a book that was such a good read in the beginning, but the ending was so dull.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It makes you think about how much we change (personality, likes/dislikes, etc.) over time and almost become different people altogether. We can all learn from Alice's experience -- let maturity guide you, but hold onto that inner young spirit.  And don't let life's hectic pace keep you from treasuring those you love most!
JMTJTC 4 months ago
“But maybe every life looked wonderful if all you saw was the photo albums.” Genre: Chick Lit. Number of Pages: 466. Perspective: Third. Location: Australia. One day Alice faints during her workout and forgets the last ten years of her life. She has to reconcile what she envisioned for her 39-year-old self and what she has actually become. I have loved all of Moriarty’s books so far, but this one was a little harder for me to get into. It was very different from her other books; it did have some mystery to it, but it was not a true mystery like her other books. It was nice to see a different format—this was one of her earlier books, so it makes sense that it diverges from her most successful books. I liked it, but it was my least favorite of all of her books. However, like her other books, it does cover deep subjects, but always with a lighter and more humorous feel than most contemporary fiction. The first half of the book was slow, but the second half did make up for it. I know this was written before unreliable narrators became a fad, but I still am over that being used as the main reason for mystery. I just want to scream at these books: why can’t someone just tell them the whole truth and not skirt around it for an entire book until they remember!?! To read the rest of my review, go here: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.blogspot.com/2017/12/what-alice-forgot-liane-moriarty.html
Anonymous 10 months ago
Thought provoking. A beautiful story on how we may lose the best part of ourselves as we grow older. And how we don't have to lose those good parts at all! I couldn't put it down!