FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF BIG LITTLE LIES AND APPLES NEVER FALL
A “cheerfully engaging”(Kirkus Reviews) novel for anyone who’s ever asked herself, “How did I get here?”
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...
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If your past self could experience your present life, would she be thrilled—or disappointed? In Liane Moriarty’s giddy bestseller, a soon-to-be-divorced mom of three hits her head and wakes up having mentally regressed 10 years, to when she was happily married and pregnant with her first child. Moriarty (who went on to write Big Little Lies) proves she’s brilliant at plumbing the complex psyches of women and the tensions in their relationships. What Alice Forgot explores how cynicism, ambition, and emotional baggage can make a person lose sight of what’s most important.
This winning not-quite amnesia story parses what happens when Alice, a married mother of three whose marriage is disintegrating, takes a knock on the head and comes to thinking she is herself, but 10 years younger and in the middle of a blossoming young marriage, with her first child on the way. As younger Alice adjusts to her older life and body, she finds much to be surprised at: a wealthy lifestyle she never dreamed of, a rejuvenated mother with a surprising love interest, and a sister whose life has turned out unexpectedly disappointing. And everyone is so sorry for something that happened with her best friend Gina, whom she doesn't remember, but apparently who helped sow the seeds of her marriage's collapse. But as the young Alice takes over the older Alice's life and applies her goofy, laissez-faire approach to living, the tension builds: what will happen if old Alice regains her memory? Alice's journey of reconciling herself to how her life came to be what it is, and her slowly building understanding of how the threads of her marriage began to unravel, is moving, well-paced, and thoroughly pleasurable.
3.5 Stars (round up to 4)
I really enjoyed this book. While I don’t particularly like the ending, I was engaged the entire book. I like Alice’s journey and seeing how much a decade can change someone. I also loved Elizabeth’s POV. Her story line was great and I loved the different perspectives both Alice and Elizabeth gave about their lives. I honestly feel like Frannies POV was not needed. It didn’t add anything to the story for me. It feels like the only reason they had it was to add more meaning to the baby name at the end but I could have still gotten that without her POV. Overall, really good book and I’m glad I finally read it.
Makes you rethink your priorities
I read this book thinking it would be a fun read, but instead found it to be touching and, in an odd lighthearted way, rather profound. I couldn't put it down as it cleverly worked its way backward, revealing Alice's life, pre-accident. It touched a place in me that made me rethink how I've lived the last ten years of my life. I was almost jealous of Alice for having lost her memory of the last ten years when I saw how she became a better person, wife, and mother because of the amnesia. A truly prophetic book masquerading as a quirky summer novel. I loved it.
This story really made me appreciate my life and my husband. So many of us get caught up in the rat race and children, and forget why we got together in the first place. I could really see myself and my husband in this story....