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Still Alice by Lisa Genova
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This was a brave book to write... from the viewpoint of a woman with early onset alzheimer's. It seems the author nailed it and Alice's confusion felt very "real." I also liked the angle of Alice being extremely learned and academic. The main issue I had with the book was that it read very much like a book report. "Then she did this and then this happened." I didn't feel like I got to know any of the characters all that well and no one really had any quirks. People felt very robotic. You always hear editors and agents talk about "voice" and this book felt like it had no "voice." It was really hard to read at times despite the fascinating premise. But overall I did enjoy it and Alice's plight was heartbreaking because you know it happens every day.
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Erin I felt exactly the same - writing was very textbook/5th grade paper but the perspective of seeing the world as Alice did won we over in the end


Keyjo50 I totally agree with your view, Michelle. I would have loved some more character development and I think that would have taken this book from *meh* to outstanding for me. I just never got fully invested in the characters. A few more character development chapters would probably have done it just right.


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