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What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
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Jan 15, 12

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Read in January, 2012

Alice Love is a 39-year-old woman who thinks that she's 29 because she hit her head in the gym whilst doing her aerobic step class which she used to do with her bestfriend whom she doesn't remember. Alice Love lost 10 years worth of memory and doesn't know who her children are, she is not also aware that she is going through a bitter divorce with her husband because she thinks that she is still pregnant with her now 9 years old daughter and that she and her husband is still madly in love with each other.

Liane Moriarty did a great job with the book and the characterisation. All the characters had
different personalities and Moriarty made sure that the characters will make an impact to the person who is reading the book. The story revolved around Alice and her amnesia. How the people around her took care of her, and at the same time, Moriarty showed how people can change without the people around them noticing because they too, are changing. Alice's amnesia made her notice how the people around her changed over the decade that already passed and she used it to change her life; to change all the wrong things that she's done and make her life as how she really wants it to be.

Liane Moriarty observed and discussed family and parenting issues; the complexity hiding behind all the laughs and smiles and the seemingly-perfect families in the world. Alice Love needed to patch things up, she must knit them together to get the decade that she lost. To get her life back.

The author also explored themes like infertility and people drifting apart; the sad but true erosion of a once full-of-spark love. Moriarty discussed the themes with such confidence as if she were an expert. Liane explored these premises with such talent and she definitely made the book a page turner. This is an absolute favourite.
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Liane Moriarty
“Early love is exciting and exhilarating. It's light and bubbly. Anyone can love like that. But after three children, after a separation and a near-divorce, after you've hurt each other and forgiven each other, bored each other and surprised each other, after you've seen the worst and the best-- well, that sort of love is ineffable. It deserves its own word.”
Liane Moriarty, What Alice Forgot

Liane Moriarty
“We were so happy.”
Liane Moriarty, What Alice Forgot


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