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Putting Alice Back Together

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There’s only so much sex, valium and red wine you can take to paper over the cracks…

Alice is the friend you wish you had. The girl who makes a party more fun, drinks wine out of a mug and makes you laugh while you’re crying over an ex. Alice is totally happy, everything is amazing and there is nothing at all to worry about…except, well: Her job was really great - 10 years

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published (first published 2012)
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Feb 24, 2012 Jess marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I want to know the secret... O_o
Kirsty (Book - Love - Bug)
Putting Alice back together is more a book about Alice falling apart. It’s a harrowing story of ‘Little Alice’ intermingled with present day Alice; the narrative flicks back and forth as it allows the reader to discover piece by piece how Alice has come to be the woman she is today. And let’s face it, Alice is a mess…

Alice has to hit rock bottom in order to start putting herself back together. It isn’t just the secret from her childhood causing her to plummet; she’s also in love with her gay bes
Il Cibo della Mente - Pamela
Non so se è capitato anche a voi, ma ci sono dei romanzi che ti conquistano ancor prima di essere letti. E con Alice è stato così: amore a prima vista. Sono stata innanzitutto stregata dalla copertina, nonostante sia molto semplice la trovo d'impatto. E comunque sentivo che mi sarei imbattuta in qualcosa di speciale.

Un romanzo unico e indimenticabile, profondo e commovente, che fa riflettere su come a volte, nella vita, certi avvenimenti siano la causa scatenante di tutto. Di come certi momenti,
Cristina Lee
Sono un po' basita, spiazzata, senza parole.
Ho iniziato la lettura di "Alice, punto e a capo" senza troppe aspettative, il libro tra l'altro è stato un omaggio a sorpresa della CE.
A lettura terminata non posso che complimentarmi con l'autrice, che non conoscevo, ma che mi ha incantata con il suo stile pulito, nel trattare un tema difficile e inserendo al contempo anche tantissimi elementi forti, diversi, importanti.
La storia di Alice è difficile, le apparenze spesso ingannano. A partire dall'asp
Romance and Fantasy for Cosmopolitan Girls
Romance and Fantasy for Cosmopolitan Girls
Alice vive di apparenze. Alice ha tanti amici, sempre il sorriso sulle labbra, è la regina delle feste, ha sempre la battuta pronta e non sembra mai triste. Ma la verità è un’altra. Alice è triste, la vita con lei è stata difficile, beve, è dipendente dagli antidepressivi, il suo conto è in rosso e il suo lavoro fa schifo.

Leggendo tutto questo ci si chiede... come fa Alice a tenere tutto questo nascosto alle persone che gli stanno accanto? Beh Alice è a
Putting Alice Back Together is billed as a novel Jane Fallon fans will love. As I quite like myself a Jane Fallon novel, I was of course intrigued. However, Putting Alice Back Together is nothing like a Jane Fallon novel. Jane Fallon’s novels, to put it bluntly, make sense. Putting Alice Back Together doesn’t make sense. It is one of the most confusing, convoluted books I’ve read in ages. It’s one long rambling mess that goes backwards and forwards from young Alice to modern-day Alice with nothi ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Putting Alice Together Again is Carol Marinelli's first contemporary womens fiction title after publishing more than a dozen traditional romance titles with Harlequin. While there is a small thread of romance in this novel, Putting Alice Together Again is something very different altogether. Alice is certain that no one can guess at the secrets she hides, a bright smile and sleek hair style helps her pretend everything is okay, yet cracks are beginning to appear in Alice's brittle veneer. Her bu ...more
Kayleigh {K-Books}
I really loved this book. I was definitely not expecting to fall in love with this book as much as I did and I am so glad I received it for review otherwise I may never have read it.

Alice puts on the front that her life is perfect. To everyone else she's happily single and loving life. Little do they know that she's addicted to Valium and alcohol and she's just trying to paper over the cracks. Because the truth is, her life is falling apart. Something happened 10 years ago, something that nobody
I was immediately pulled into this book and into Alice's world, the chapters alternate between Alice in the present and Alice when she was younger, both leading up to what her secret was and I was gripped waiting to find out what it was, I stayed up late into the night because I just couldn't put the book down. I cried numerous times, so much so I even had to put the book down to compose myself (and rave to my friends!) for a few minutes, that's not something that happens to me often.

I loved the
Lisa (scarlet21)
This book had me absolutely gripped and enthralled from the prologue, it sucked me right in and I went on every dip and rise with Alice and at the end I was spat out feeling totally wrung out and weepy! Brilliant!

Alice seems to have a great life, she's the life of every party, she has fun, she doesn't worry about money or her job - everything is cool - on the surface... for Alice has a deep, dark secret that only one other person knows and it's a secret she can never tell.

Alice isn't really the
Jo Barton
I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to read and review this novel for NetGalley on behalf of Harlequin UK (Mira), who kindly provided a pre publication galley.

I expected putting Alice back together to be light hearted chick lit, but instead found a book packed with emotional turmoil, and a life so upset by a past event that it threatens to ruin all future happiness.
Told in alternate chapters we are quickly drawn into the life of present day Alice, who at 27, with all her faults an

Se devi rimettere insieme la tua vita, è questo il libro che devi leggere.
ALICE, PUNTO E A CAPO è il libro giusto per ripartire. Il nuovo inizio che non sai da che punto far iniziare.
Sicuramente dalla verità: i segreti hanno le ore contate. La comunicazione è importante. L'amicizia è una buona base di partenza.
Se qualcosa non va, Alice è la persona che ti può aiutare.
È l'amica che vorresti avere.
Ma se ad aver bisogno di aiuto fosse proprio lei? Cosa bisogna fare?
Seguire la storia di Alice, rac
Juanita Kees
It's a long road back for Alice as she confronts the issues that haunt her family and her past. By page 221, I was crying. At 2am when I should be sleeping and 336 pages later, here I am writing about it. Why? Read more at
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Alice vive a Melbourne, lavora come inserzionista nella redazione di un giornale, il suo conto in banca è quasi sempre al rosso tanto che nasconde gli estratti conto della carta di credito sotto il materasso, è affascinata da Dan, ma purtroppo questi è gay e ama bere vino dalle tazze.Tuttavia Alice nasconde un grande segreto che continua a tormentarla e a opprimerla fino a trascinarla in un tunnel dal quale sarà molto difficile uscire.
Fiona H
At first I was not engaged by the writing, it seemed a bit like the sweet valley high and sweet dreams books I read at high school - painting the characters in a really obvious way rather than letting them develop naturally. I was not surprised when I subsequently discovered Marinelli had previously written romance novels. Alice's obsessive dislike of her red hair is really annoying, but maybe that's meant to demonstrate how annoying it is to people in Alice's life, or even how annoying Alice fi ...more
I don't why, but I wasn't expecting to like this book. However, it turned out to be quite an enjoyable read.
It is quite a stark and honest reveal of the lengths most women would go through to suppress her inner demons. As long as the outside looks fine, then all must be well, right? Wrong.
Living a life of repressed memories, un-felt emotions, stark denial and superficial "wellness" seems to be becoming the "norm" in modern society. Alice gently, and with an honesty that is both brutal, and tou
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This one was a bit mixed for me – for starters it isn’t my usual book fare but I was curious by the blurb so I wanted to give it a go. However the blurb really doesn’t seem to match the books in some areas at all.

For starters Alice really isn’t the friend I wish I had, at no point does she ever come across as the life of the party or a fun person to be around- we never get to see that side of her except for one b
At first I wasn't sure when I started this.

It took me a while to warm to the main character of Alice as there was aspects to her character that were totally unlikeable. But in the end I think this is what made her seem more real and likeable. In some ways she was even relatable. Alice is actually a deeper character than you originally think and I liked getting to know her character and the way she manages to turn things around for herself.

I also really liked how each chapter jumped from past to
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Putting Alice Back Together is just one of those heartbreaking story of a woman who has some series issues going on in her life, past and present. Told between present day Alice at age 27, struggling to deal with her debt and past Alice, a normal seventeen year old teenage from England who loves piano but we slowly discover a dark secret that is tormenting Alice in the present day,

I haven't read much Women's Fiction but f
Well, how to start. A roller coaster read, thats not your average chicklit read. Still in the light read category but at the heavier end!!
The story is of Alice, and the first half almost is about her life falling apart - secrets hidden that gnaw away, denial about everything, manic behaviour. She wasnt a nice character for me. I really felt the writing style got the reader really into a manic mindset too - frantic and manic. The actual breakdown was a bit lighter than I thought it would be - mor
Onesia Juliana
What can I tell you about Alice , I see a little of my self in her when it come to the hair problem. But Alice taught me something you can't love anyone if you don't love yourself. And that others actions ad problems are not yours to fix because some people in true just use you and all your problems to make themselves fell better. A next lesson is don't think that you don't desever a life because of a mistake or secrect.
Adele Symonds
The plot for this book was a work of art, it centres around Alice and her life, past and present, how things in your past impact on your life in the present.

There are a lot of character’s in this book which I found a little confusing at first but once I got to know them all a bit better it was easier to distinguish between them and fit them altogether in my mind.

The character’s are very real and lifelike and there will definitely be somebody who you can relate to .

A lot of the book is Alice’s th
Silvia Altomiri
Questo libro mi ha sorpreso, l'ho preso x curiosita' di sapere questo segreto, e quando l'ho scoperto, sono rimasta scioccata!
Un libro bellissimo che narra il passato e il presente di Alice, dei suoi amici e di Hugh !!!!
Un libro che fa pensare, fa commuovere e fa sorridere!!!

Sometimes you get a pitch for a book to review that just seems so perfect for you as a reader. Just from reading the blurb you think that you can connect with the characters. Then you find out the book is set in your home town - always an exciting thing to read as you can recognise the places and feel of the setting. And, as the final bonus, it is an author that you have heard of, but not actually tried before. In this case, Carol Marinelli is a successful category romance author, and this book
If you are looking for a book with a likeable main character this is not the book for you. In the book description it says "Alice is the friend you wish you had" but I have to say she wouldn't be a friend of mine. She has problems with money, drugs, drink, food and relationships, basically she is completely messed up. It was a wonder to me that she had been functioning as long as she had without having a breakdown. At the beginning it is a little confusing with the jumps between the past and pre ...more
Davvero un libro intenso e profondo, capace di suscitare mille emozioni. Un libro di riconquista di sé, di rinascita, di cambiamento. Ho apprezzato moltissimo il percorso di Alice, da croce rossina volenterosa di aiutate tutti e mai sé stessa, a donna matura che affronta la realtà e i suoi demoni, in un cammino di rinascita e riconquista di sé. Questo è un libro che fa comprendere come non bisogna mai perdere la speranza, che uscire dal dolore si può, più forti di prima, migliori di prima, senza ...more
Really enjoyed this, Alice's present has been really effected by her past and she needs to confront these painful events to move forward. A well written, often amusing, often emotional rollercoaster of a read.
Bec Waterhouse
Alice really isn't the friend you wish you had. She's mean, judgemental, self centred and very, very flawed so much so that she has trouble admitting that she is. At least until she's got no option but to accept the help her psychologist Lisa to help pull herself through a massive break down that brings childhood secrets out into the open.

Parts of this story hit very hard for me, the flash back sequences were incredibly raw and real. They left me weeping and having a mini anxiety attack of my ow
Cate Ellink
I had to keep reading this book... Each and every page. Alice's life is a train wreck and there are so many people watching and doing nothing to help. And somehow Alice pulls it all together and I'm not sure how she manages it but I'm sure glad she does!

There were so many things that resonated with me in this book. I'm not like Alice but the are parts of Alice that are like me, and parts of the others characters too that we're recognisable. I think that's what made this book so enjoyable for me.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The majority of the story is an accurate portrayal of the character spiralling down into depression and breakdown due to the burden of a secret that she kept for years.
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Carol Marinelli was born in England to Scottish parents, then emigrated to Australia, where there are loads of Scottish and English people who did exactly the same, so she’s very at home there.

She lives in the outer suburbs of Melbourne—pretty much in her car, driving her three children to their various commitments.

Carol writes for the Harlequin Presents and Medical lines and she also writes conte
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