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Still Alice by Lisa Genova
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Nov 28, 2010

really liked it
Read from November 28 to December 01, 2010

I have to say this was the scariest book I could have ever read. To think that anyone can be struck by this disease is too overwhelming to even think about. Even more, to be diagnosed with Alzheimers while still in the prime of life - at age 50. The closer I get to 50, I realize how young it really is.

I found myself examining my routine, my normal forgetfulness, my small attention span and thinking could this be happening to me? Will this happen to me?

The characters, how they dealt with Alice, were so real. The emotions and the conflicts were valid and not overly dramatized. You can actually understand their reactions and attitudes and not hold it against them.

The best part of the book is how the author portrayed Alice. Genova allows you to see the point of view from Alice's side. I just found myself thinking over and over, that this was so unfair; that the disease took over too quickly; there was no time to prepare.

This book made me cry on a train full of people- it was that good!
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