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…
This is the third Liane Moriarty book I’ve read and while I still enjoyed it, it was my least favourite after Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret.
I felt that it was kind of all over the place; between the “main” plot of Alice forgetting the past 10 years of her life, Elisabeth’s journal entries to her shrink, and Frannie’s letters to her fiancé, it felt a little cluttered. I’m not so sure Frannie’s letters added anything to the storyline, although I appreciated Elisabeth’s.
Like I said though, I did enjoy book as a whole and it made me think about how much life and relationships can change, regardless of how solid you think they are. And how insane would it be if you woke up and thought it was 10 years previous, forgetting everything? I’d probably crap my pants if I woke up and suddenly I had three kids and was in the middle of a hostile divorce. I had a hard time putting the book down as I wanted to find out if/when Alice remembered the past 10 years and how she would react to what transpired.
I still gave What Alice Forgot 4 stars out of 5. It’s a good read and really makes you think about your own life!
Where do you think you’ll be in 10 years?