What Alice Forgot – Published 2010
“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 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.” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
If I were to wake up 10 years from now, would I be happy with how things turned out? What would my relationship with my sisters be like? Would my husband and I be together? What would our kids be like? Even though the premise of this book sounds a little “Freaky Friday-esque”, it’s actually super interesting.
Elisabeth, Alice’s older sister, has a plotline that I related to on a pretty intense level, as she’s going through fertility treatments, and has been for some time. Her story is woven in throughout the entirety of the book via letters to her psychiatrist. There’s an additional plotline of Alice & Elisabeth’s stand in grandmother, Frannie, who is writing letters to a loved one.
Young Alice is awesome. Thirty-nine year-old Alice kind of sucks. She takes on too much, has her kids involved in way too many activities, she can’t say no to anyone, and she doesn’t seem to have a lot of patience. As a mother, this honestly made me think about the importance of enjoying my kids’ childhoods and not forcing them to be involved in everything under the sun.
Alice literally cannot remember anything from the past 10 years, but can remember everything prior to that. So, she doesn’t know she has kids, has no recollection of their births, etc, but she remembers falling in love with her husband, so it’s not like she wakes up and has no idea who ANYONE is. It was really interesting to learn about the past decade as others relayed it to her and has her memory slowly started to surface, especially when triggered by one of her five senses.
The ending…so good!
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
While I did binge read this in two days, I think it could have been a hundred pages shorter. This is my second Moriarty book in a couple of weeks, and that seems to be the case with her. Her stories start and end strong but are a little slow in the middle.
I gave The Husband’s Secret a 4, and I liked this better, and I read it so quickly that I’m gonna go ahead and give it a 5.