January’s New Reader Book Club Pick: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

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Synopsis:

Straight from the publisher: Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over—she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse and whether it’s possible to start over…

Where to obtain the book:

Amazon: Hardcover New: $31.99 Used: From $9.87
Paperback: New: $9.00 Used: From: $0.97
Kindle: $9.99
Apple books: $9.99
Barnes and noble: Paperback: $12.80
Thrift books: From $3.89 using my code, get 15% off!
Book Depository: New paperback with free shipping: $9.18
Or borrow it at your local library!

Other notable reviews:

My neighbor recommended this one and I was a little hesitant at first because I normally read fantasy and sci-fi. I was immediately “sucked in” and couldn’t walk away for the first eight chapters. I had to force myself to be responsible and productive… which didn’t last long. It took me less than 24 hours to devour the entire thing.

Alice, Elisabeth, and Frannie are so rich and complex they practically jump off the pages and join you in your living room. Between journal entries, letters, and memory flashbacks, these women become people you could see yourself meeting for coffee. I can’t say I laughed, but I definitely sniffled with my eyes watering more than once. Happy sniffles, sad sniffles, “oh my dosh” sniffles… this book has them all.

Have you ever had a reader’s block? You pick up book after book, read a few pages, sigh, and put it down again. I simply could not stay interested in any book I started. What Alice Forgot plucked me out of my rut. It caught my attention and kept my attention. A thirty-nine year old Alice hits her head at the gym and wakes to discover that she is ten years older than she thought, is in fabulous physical shape, has three kids, and a marriage that is ending. Alice’s perspective on things since she has lost her memory on her life, her relationship with her sister, her neighbors, her friends and most importantly her husband were so eye-opening . It is amazing what insight you have when are ten years younger. I loved the character of Alice and how she used her new found wisdom.

When I first read this title, my first questions was, “What did she forget?” I went into the story thinking this was the typical story of the amnesiac who has to start life over and live through the embarrassments of not knowing what others expect a person NEVER to forget. Alice is funny and quirky and totally lovable. And I liked seeing her reactions to the person she has become. This is a story of a person discovering herself, but not understanding how she could have possibly made some of the decisions she made. But the story is more than that. What Alice forgets is more than the specifics of her life…such as her three children…she realizess what she has forgotten is the specifics of herself. Her authentic self. I can relate to being in a situation and looking around baffled. How did I end up here? As we marry and have children and become the stereotypical mom, how many women forget the spirit, the soul, the yearner who has resided inside them since birth? Hopefully it doesn’t take a bonk to the head to help us realize that we are more than wife, mother, friend and PTA phenom. We are “me.” And as Maya Angelou says, “You alone are enough…” And that, in a nutshell, is what Alice forgot.

About the author:

Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of seven internationally best-selling novels: Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers: The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty. Her books have been translated into over forty languages and read by more than 14 million people worldwide. 

Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty both debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list – the first time this has been achieved by an Australian. Big Little Lies was adapted into a multiple award-winning HBO series starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, who have also optioned the film rights for Truly Madly Guilty. Truly Madly Guilty has sold over 1 million copies in the US alone.

Book Length:

432 pages. I know, it’s a bit longer than I anticipated but this book will totally be worth it. Many people say this book is a fast read.

Recommended reading schedule:

If you wanna read this book in one week: Read 63 pages a day

If you wanna read this book in two weeks: Read 31 pages a day

If you wanna read this book in three weeks: Read 21 pages a day

If you wanna read this book all month long: Read 14 pages a day

Recommended: It’s recommended you this book in two weeks. Reading 31 pages a day, about an hour a day, is an easy compromise to keep your mind calm and relax your mind. Many readers have read this all in one or two sittings. That’s good too!

Most importantly: Take your time reading this. Don’t rush it. Reading should be stress free.

Interview with the author

Timeline:

In the timeline, I will be posting my comments and quotes from the book as they are available. Come back to this post as the days pass to see added links, discussion, quotes, and interesting facts about the book as they become available. Wanna start a discussion? Comment down below or go to the GoodReads group page. Happy reading!

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