I am going to start highlighting my recent favorites on Fridays, so I will kick this series off with a review of What Alice Forgot. I picked up this book expecting it to be light and humorous. While it had those qualities, it had much more depth than I was expecting. If you love a good drama and character development, check out the synopsis and full review below.
Synopsis of What Alice Forgot
Alice Love is 29, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. Then, all of a sudden, Alice comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over. She is getting divorced, has three kids and is actually 39. Alice has to reconfigure the events of a lost decade and figure out whether it is possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to discover 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.
Review of What Alice Forgot
This book was surprisingly raw at times and offered great insight on challenging life topics, like the death of a loved one, divorce, infertility and the ever-changing dynamics in sibling relationships.
When you read this book, you’re taken away on Alice’s journey of self-discovery. I loved reading how Alice gains a new perspective on herself and who she truly is. This book makes you think about how we all change overtime and asks the questions, “What life changes are inevitable? Which changes are for the good? And is it possible to change and remain authentically you?”
As someone who’s talked about the value of authenticity, it is probably not a surprise that this book appeals to me. However, that’s not the only thing I enjoyed about this book. What Alice Forgot dives deep into the common complications that comprise our closest relationships – those with our parents, our spouse and siblings. You see Alice grapple with how her relationships have changed, and there were so many parts of Alice’s struggle that translated to things in my life that I have seen come into play or have worried about.
What Alice Forgot is a book for any age, but it is an especially valuable book for women. It highlights the complexities in female relationships in a way that any woman reading this book will be able to relate. While this book handles difficult topics, they are balanced with funny and light moments. I never felt like the book became too much to handle. It was a wholesome book and an easy read overall. It will be hard to put down, once you are a few chapters in!
This book is also set to be made into a movie! According to IMDB, Jennifer Aniston has been casted for the movie (hopefully she’ll play Alice!). The screenplay is written by Shauna Cross, who wrote Whip It!, What to Expect When You’re Expecting and If I Stay. I will share any updates with you all if I hear more about the movie!
Now, I’d like to know – have you read this book? If so, how did you like it? I would love to know if you have read something similar too. I’m always looking for new books to read, so share any suggestions in the comments.
28 thoughts on “Friday Favorite: What Alice Forgot”
I love that this highlights the complexities of female relationships. I need to check this out soon.
I need to keep this book in mind for my next novel! Maybe a perfect book for winter break!
You gave a really detailed review about this book and I really feel like I am reading it too, however I have not read it before. What Alice forgot will be my next must-read book.
Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Nina! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 😊
I haven’t read any in a lonnnng time! Although this book sounds really good to read. I will need to check this out.
This could be my next book to read when I have a bit more time (perhaps next summer holiday) I can recognise myself in the brief review of the book, as I’m going through a self discovery journey too!
It sounds like a great book to read for women. I wouldn’t mind sitting down and reading this book this season. It’s really interesting.
Gosh, I haven’t read any fiction in such a long time. This book sounds so interesting, and seems to cover a lot of intriguing topics I would enjoy. Thanks for the recommendation! 🙂
I have The Husband’s Secret on my night stand but I’m currently reading “All the Missing Girls”. I’ll have to add this to my reading list after I’m done with the other two.
Sounds interesting! Although I’m 39 and only expecting my first child. At 29 I wasn’t even thinking about those things! I think Jennifer Aniston is a great choice for the movie, but I’m not impressed with the screenplay writer: “If I stay” was a deceptive snooze fest!
It is always nice to discover new books and titles to read this seems something I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing.
I haven’t read any of Liane Moriarty’s books. This one sounds really interesting. Thanks for the review.
This sounds like a great book! I am always looking for something new to read so love hearing what others are reading.
Right up my alley. And the timing is perfect, I’m on the hunt for a good book to take on vacation with me next week. Thank you!
I really enjoy books that truly make you think – “what would I do in this case?” – Will check if my library has it. Thanks for the recommendation and the review.
wow! Sounds like quite a story!! you’ve literally made me want to read this. thanks for inspiring me!!
First I love the authors name! Second this sounds like a great read. I love stories about relationships and what went wrong and changed.
I love the sound of this book! Can I borrow it? 😉
I think I read this, I just may need to revisit it. When I was pregnant I read all of Liane Moriarty’s books! They are all just so good!!
That’s awesome! I can they would be just as great the second time around. 😊
Oh goodness, this book sounds emotional! But that could be a good thing, haha. I loved The Vow, and this synopsis reminded me of that. Hopefully the movie will have a happy ending like The Vow! Plus Jen A is the best!
Oh yes! I didn’t want to give away any spoilers but I’m the ending is perfect. 😊
I love the honesty of your review and they way you approach the emotional depth of the novel. Thanks. I’ll look this one up.
I’m always looking for new books to read and this one seems very interesting!
I have been wanting to read this for awhile, but if Jennifer Aniston really is cast for the movie I may just wait until it comes out and watch it instead. I love me some Jen A!
I love her too. I think she’s a perfect cast for the main character, so hopefully the starts align and the movie moves forward!