What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
This book is definitely an interesting read. It begs the question: What would you do if you forgot the last ten years of your life? Would you be the same person? Would you change who you are? Would you become someone knew? What would the 10-years-younger you say about the choices you are making today? What would you think about who you have become and what you are doing with your life?
Alice Love doesn’t have to ask these questions; she is living it. She falls during a spin class at her gym and bumps her head. When she comes to, moments later, she has no recollection of where she is, who the people around her are, nor does she realize it is 10 years later than what she remembers. Her bump caused 10 years of memories to disappear. She comes into a world where she is on the edge of a divorce with the love of her life, she has three kids, her relationship with her sister has gone astray, she has different priorities which includes a pesky, bossy voice in her head, and for once in her life, she is skinny. None of this seems normal to her and she has to navigate her way through her new life to try and find her old self, while still being true to her actual self. This gives Alice a second chance at life, relationships, as well as how she does things. With each day, more memories are revealed to her and she realizes more and more of why she acts the way she does/did or why people act certain ways around her. She realizes she is a busy mother who never slows down to enjoy life. Her 10-years-younger self finds it hard to keep up, but does her best to make a new way in her already set-in-stone life.
As books would have it, she has another massive fall ending with a bump on the head towards the end of the book, and after that bump it seals the fate of how she will act and what she will do with the rest of her life.
This book did switch back and forth between Alice, Frannie’s letters (family friend), and Elizabeth’s (Alice’s sister) homework. This switching back and forth takes a while to get accustomed to, but the more I read, the more I realized why their letters were so important to the rest of the story. It gave a more unbiased view to all the situations and it helped the reader to understand why certain characters acted in certain ways. It gave the reader information that sometimes Alice might not, and cannot know because of her memory loss, but it leads to a deeper understanding.
For the most part we as the reader are on the same journey with Alice, trying to recover her memory and figure out who she is, was, and wants to be going on into the future.
Another great book from Liane Moriarty!