Monday, August 27, 2012

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Introduction: I think its really scary to all of a sudden forget ten years of your life - to wake up and realize that your dreams of a perfect happy little family, a promise of friendship - all those things you protect so much to keep are all gone now. To wake up and suddenly realize you dont know the person you've become. I guess this book has given me a new perspective in life - to really hold on to what matters most in life today before they become just another memory that you might forget one day.

Overview: Alice is twenty-nine. She is whimsical, optimistic and adores sleep, chocolate, her ramshackle new house and her wonderful husband Nick. What's more, she's looking forward to the birth of the 'Sultana' - her first baby.

But now Alice has slipped and hit her head in her step-aerobics class and everyone's telling her she's misplaced the last ten years of her life.

In fact, it would seem that Alice is actually thirty-nine and now she loves schedules, expensive lingerie, caffeine and manicures. She has three children and the honeymoon is well and truly over for her and Nick. In fact, he looks at her like she's his worst enemy. What's more, her beloved sister Elisabeth isn't speaking to her either. And who is this 'Gina' everyone is so carefully trying not to mention?

Alice isn't sure that she likes life ten years on. Every photo is another memory she doesn't have and nothing makes sense. Just how much can happen in a decade? Has she really lost her lovely husband for ever?

My Opinion: Part of me enjoyed this book, because the story line is something that catches my attention. I guess because I was able to relate to what Alice felt... to suddenly not know details of my life. Its not the Alice and I have the same situation, but just like Alice... I'm in that point where she was 10 years ago - I'm also full of hope, looking forward to my future with the man I love, together with our kids. Its scary for me to wake up one day and realize I lost everything I want to have so much before. 

Although honestly, there are parts of the book that I wish the author has established more... I feel like Nick is lost as a character. I cant feel his presence and importance in the story. Although Elizabeth's character is amplified by her journal, I cant seem to connect the sister/ bestfriend bond that she and Alice used to have. So although Alice is missing ten years of her life, I dont. 

But overall, this is a good read for me - especially since I took a unjustifiable long break from reading and blogging. So before plunging in, I have to start it light! ;)

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