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The Liberation of Alice Love by Abby McDonald
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Feb 19, 2011

did not like it
Read from March 09 to 16, 2011

I normally don't read chick-lit so I didn't know what to expect from this book. Alice Love is a woman who lives a very orderly and routine life. She's responsible and thorough in her personal and professional life. She doesn't color outside the lines. But all of that changes when someone decides to steal Alice's identity and turns her orderly world into chaos.

The first inclination that I would have a hard time with Alice was when Alice found out she never received a credit card that was sent to her. For someone who reviews contracts for a living, you'd think the first thing she would do is check her bank account to make sure everything was okay. But no. In the age of technology and increasing identity theft, she didn't bother checking her bank! She assumes that it was a mishap; no worries. I check my checking account daily; sometimes twice a day. I'm crazy like that. I couldn't understand how someone who is so organized and thorough could let something like this slide without investigating. But then, if she did check her bank account, she would have discovered the identity theft much sooner and we wouldn't have a story.

I had a difficult time getting into the story. The beginning was slow and drawn out. I didn't find Alice's character to be very likable so when the identity theft happened to her and her life was almost ruined, I didn't have any sympathy for her. I felt that she was judgmental with her friends and family. She came off as too high and mighty. I also felt that Alice lacked personality. Her character was kinda blah. Compared to her sister, Flora who is perky, bright and full of energy, Alice was about as interesting as watching paint dry.

The premise of the book was interesting but unfortunately, the pacing of the plot was slow. The best parts of the book were when Nathan and Alice interacted. Nathan added some much needed life into an otherwise dull story. The banter was witty and funny and we actually get to some some spark and personality in Alice. I'd hoped that this would continue throughout the book but Nathan disappears after their initial meeting and doesn't reappear until the middle.

The bit of personality that Alice showed were the times where the book held my attention. When she finally stepped outside her comfort zone and LIVED even though it was under false pretenses, I enjoyed the book. Too bad those instances occurred when I was already past the point of caring about Alice's liberation.

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Reading Progress

03/11/2011 page 31
03/13/2011 page 153
36.0% "Ugh just get to the meat of the story!"
03/15/2011 page 250
59.0% "Something, anything, needs to happen!"
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Colette You have to let me know what you think of this one!

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