Monday, February 8, 2016

Review: What Alice Forgot

Title What Alice Forgot
By Liane Moriarty
Genre Adult Contemporary
Pages 466
Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis
Alice wakes up in the gym after a fall and head injury to discover life is not at all what she remembers. The last thing she new, she was 29, married, pregnant with her first child and madly in love. But when she discovers she's actually 39, has three kids and is going through a nasty divorce she'll have to piece together the last ten years she's lost to discover what happened and how things got so bad.

First Sentence
She was floating, arms outspread, water lapping her body, breathing in a summery fragrance of salt and coconut.


  • Remember my theory about Australian authors? About how there's something in the water down there because they're all such amazing authors? Yeah. Liane Moriarty is quite the talented writer. I loved Big Little Lies and I was very intrigued by the synopsis for this one so I knew I had to read it next. 
  • This is one of those book, for me anyway, that you go into already hoping for that perfect ending that you want. So what if it's too neat and happy. I wanted it anyway! 
  • I was expecting amusing and entertaining and I got it. I also got this heart wrenching, almost too relatable story that made me ache with understanding and happiness. 
  • I can't say enough about Liane's writing. I'm going to call her by her first name because I totally want to be her friend...I'm just going to pretend we are friends. It's not just technically perfect, it's so perfectly deep! There's so many hidden nuances in this story that could never be handled by a lesser author. 
  • I loved the whole thing! Cover to cover, The romance the humor the tears. It's raw and real and then funny and sweet. I couldn't put it down. My life totally got put on hold for this treasure. 
  • I can't wait to see what other wonderful stories and quirky characters Liane comes up with next. 
Should you read it?
Yes! In fact, I'd recommend this one to start with if you want to try one of Liane's books. And I'm saying that having only read two. So you know it's good. 

21 comments:

  1. I've heard so many good things about this author! I'll get around to her books eventually! Great review! It is rare to see you rave this much about a book.

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    1. I know, right? You have to check out this author.

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  2. You totally captured everything I loved about this book -- it's funny, it's tender, it's thought-provoking ... just so good all-around. I'm glad you loved it, too!

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    1. Isn't it great? I just love her books.

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  3. Aw man I love her too! I just get too carried away with great writing and then get all emo about the crappiness of my own! Having said that, this one is going on the TBR!

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    1. Hey, you're from Australia! You're drinking that water with magical writing juice. You're a great author!

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  4. This book sounds really interesting and like something I'd enjoy. I'm glad you liked it so much. I'll definitely have to check her out.

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    1. I'd be interested to see what you think of her books.

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  5. AH! This has been on my TBR shelf for forever! In fact Liane Moriarty herself has been on my TBR shelf since as far back as I can remember!A new goal for 2016! Finally pick this book up!

    Also, I love your theory about Australian authors lol

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    1. It's a proven theory. ;) You need to pick up one of her books!

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  6. When I started this book I was expecting just a light-hearted, funny story and was surprised at the heart-wrenching stuff. She really balanced both aspects well though. I really enjoyed it! Haven't read anything else by her yet.

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    1. She's very good at adding both aspects to her books. I hope all her other books are great.

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  7. 5 stars?! Well hot damn, I'm definitely intrigued now. This sounds really good. Also, now that I think about it I've loved everything I've read by Australian authors too haha

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    1. Right? They rock! I hope you'll like this one if you try it.

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  8. Then I'm sold! I remember this book when it came out, but hadn't yet read any of her books. I loved Big Little Lies, so I'm definitely going to read the rest of her novels. So glad this one blew you away (I sometimes need a good happy ending)!

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    1. You'll love it! I hear this one and BLL are her best so I started with them. Honestly I'd read anything she wrote though.

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  9. Going to have to look into this book. The premise sounds really interesting and it sounds like it didn't go to waste on a bad story execution. (Hate when that happens.) That's something to be excited about!

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    1. It is! Handling this plot was actually more complicated then I thought it would be but she handled it beautifully.

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  10. Oh, good, I'm glad you liked this as much as Big Little Lies. I read Big Little Lies last year and was soooo impressed. And, yeah, Australian authors are fab.

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    1. They really are. I hope you read and like this one.

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  11. I haven't read any of her books yet, but I'm pretty sure I already own this one. So I will definitely be moving it up my TBR!

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