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Putting Alice Back Together

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Alice is totally happy, everything is amazing and there is nothing at all to worry about - except, well, she has a secret. A secret so big she can't tell anyone.
Paperback, 392 pages
Published March 2nd 2012 by Mira UK (first published 2012)
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Kirsty (Book - Love - Bug)
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alice hates her curly ginger hair. As a child she was teased and it made her stand out. As an adult, she has learned to straighten and colour it. She is now fanatical about her hair routine. It is a metaphor for the one thing in her life that she can control; the one thing she has been able to change.

The rest of her life is not so easy, and it is slowly coming apart. This story is about Alice’s slow descent into a nervous breakdown. It’s sad, it’s amusing and it’s all too real. Alice has to lear
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,
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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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
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
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Juanita Kees
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C'è sempre stato qualcosa nella trama di questo libro che mi ha spinta a desiderarlo sin dalla prima volta che l'ho letta.
E non era solamente il nome in comune con la sua protagonista, ma era qualcosa di più viscerale e sarà un miracolo se non renderò questa recensione troppo personale.

Ho pianto... e sì, ho pianto più di una volta.

Alice è una ragazza di quasi trent'anni, inglese di nascita ma residente a Melbourne da dieci anni. È una ragazza che sa dedicarsi completamente ai suoi amici quand
Ottimo spunto di riflessione per ripartire con la propria vita, punto e a capo.
Alice Atay
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Too depressing for me unfortunately. I only finished it because I hate not finishing what I start but it’s not my type of book. That’s not to say that it wouldn’t be someone else’s cup of tea.
Silvia Devitofrancesco
Recensione presente sul blog
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.
Feb 25, 2012 rated it liked it
This review was written for The Review Diaries:

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
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Wee Shubba's World
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
Dec 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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

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
Amorette Frances
Well handled mental health story, but subject of why her problems started was off putting. Too graphic and unnecessary information.
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Adele Symonds
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was ok

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
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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2 stars - it was ok. That sounds like a rather harsh rating - but it is what it is. It was ok.

The writing was disjointed. You know how some books flash back to the past ... and there's some handy little date ... or sentence to let us know it's a flash back? Yeah, well this book threw in the flash backs rather randomly and leaves the reader wondering whereabouts in time are we? Sometimes, just sometimes, this works. Not here. Not for me.

The title is rather ironic, as it seems to be a book about A
Feb 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-vine
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
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Valentina Panzetta
Ho preso in mano questo libro non sapendo a cosa andavo incontro. Non pensavo davvero di rimanere così colpita e non credevo neanche che mi avrebbe scossa così tanto. L'unica cosa che mi viene in mente dopo aver letto Alice, punto e a capo è "l'apparenza inganna". Perché dietro una famiglia felice non sappiamo cosa possiamo trovare, dietro una ragazza ordinata non sappiamo quanto disordine ci sia dentro. E, non so se è un bene o un male, ma in questa storia mi ci sono rispecchiata molto. Questa ...more
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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