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What Alice Forgot

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  63,736 ratings  ·  7,835 reviews
Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.

So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find
Paperback, 487 pages
Published May 2010 by PanMacmillan Australia (first published 2009)
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Maureen I have liked "The Husband's Secret" the LEAST of her books. I like this one better than "The Husband's Secret" but not as much as "Big, Little Lies".…moreI have liked "The Husband's Secret" the LEAST of her books. I like this one better than "The Husband's Secret" but not as much as "Big, Little Lies". I would definitely recommend "What Alice Forgot" at this point- might I suggest you try and get a copy from your local library? Happy reading! (less)

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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
487 pages of pure torture!
What Alice Forgot was not at all what I expected. That should teach me never to read a book that hasn’t been rated by at least one of my trusted friends. You see, I thought this would be a well written, intelligent, heartwarming story about a woman who loses ten years of her life, but finds some other, maybe even more valuable things instead. Obviously, I was very wrong. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t normally mind reading the Aussie version of a Maeve Binchy novel, but I DI
Jul 12, 2011 Arlene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Booker Tour - Tina
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First half of the book: 2.5 Stars
Second half of the book: Solid 4 Stars
Epilogue: Undeniably 5 Stars

First off, What Alice Forgot is so different from my normally preferred genres. This adult fiction covers a broad array of topics that frankly scare the shiz out of me, including divorce, death, infertility and a complete breakdown of the family unit. If I would have known the heavy topics this book grappled with, I might have called a pass, but in the end I’m glad I gave this A
Jun 01, 2011 ~Tina~ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ~Tina~ by: First-Read winner
Aussie Book challenge 2011 #7

What Alice Forget, tells the story of a women who thinks it's the year 1998, about to have her first child and is happily married to her husband, Nick. But a bump on the noggin changed all that....
What would you do if you lost 10 years of your life and all the wonderful moments you were looking forward to already happened, but you don't remember? How would you feel waking up to emotions that were still very much alive in your heart and thoughts, only for the true rea
If I were to forget the last ten years of my life, and wake up with no memory of those ten years.....what would I regret? What would surprise me? What would make me proud? Which relationships have changed for the better, which ones have changed for the worst? This book really made me think. Have I evolved into the person, wife, and mother that I envisioned ten years ago. My poor husband had to listen to my thoughts almost chapter by chapter. He is such a good sport! I liked so much about this bo ...more
Carissa  Rogers
I don't give out a lot of 5 stars.

THIS. Was worth it. Spoke to me on several levels. In fact parts were painful to read since it felt like Moriarty was describing my life, and I didn't like what I saw? I think you can describe this as Chick-Lit... which I normally wouldn't be thrilled to read, but dang. I LOVED this book for so many reasons.

I'm 39, I have 3 kids, my husband is in the middle of the crazy part of his career and travels a TON, I can't seem to say no to anything--volunteering at s
Before my review, here's what Liane has to say about writing this book (which is in lieu of me composing my own synopsis, haha):
I had always wanted to write a story about time travel but I found the logistics made my head explode. Then I read a story about a woman in the UK who lost her memory and behaved like a teenager – she didn’t recognise her husband or children. I realized that memory loss is a form of time travel. So I came up with the idea of a woman, Alice, who loses 10 years of her m
Skylar Burris
Dec 25, 2012 Skylar Burris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who has been married more than ten years
Shelves: romance
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Petra X
Pedestrian. The writing, the story, the characters all just to pedestrian. There was nothing that lifted this book in to the realm of interesting, or even 'mildly interesting'. It's the sort of book I keep in the glove compartment of my car. I know I'm never going to read it but there is always the possibility (view spoiler) of being stuck with a broken-down truck or a road block with nothing to read. That sort of book.

Not one star because I d
Set in Australia during 2008, What Alice Forgot tells the story of thirty-nine year old Alice Love. She is a single mother of three and is going through a messy divorce. One day at the gym, Alice has an accident, bumps her head and forgets the past ten years of her life. Alice wakes up thinking it's the year 1998 and she's 29 years old, she's madly in love with her husband Nick and they're about to have their first child!

I really loved this novel! The plot was very intriguing, compelling and we
This book and I just had a very lovely afternoon together. Lying in the sun reading ... there's nothing better.
Ashley Thompson
The reviews I read before reading this book made it sound fast-paced, engaging and funny. After a grammar error near the beginning, I felt tempted to just close it. (That sounds judgemental, I know, but I have a hard time reading books with errors, unless it's just a typo or two.) Ultimately, I found the book to be slow, boring, and trite. The writing sounded as if it were written for children, although the storyline wouldn't have suited that age group, obviously. (I absolutely love children's l ...more
Lisa Nelson
May 15, 2013 Lisa Nelson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Erin and Kristi
Shelves: fiction, kindle
I tore through this over 400 page book in about 4 days. Okay, so I got a little obsessed. The main character Alice gets a bad bonk on the head while working out at the gym and loses 10 years of her memory. She comes to thinking she is pregnant with her first child when in reality she is already in the thick of it with three kids and a marriage going bad 10 years down the road.

I love a book that makes me reflect about my own life, and love my own life as much as this book did. It had a very, "It
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty was not and enjoyable or satisfying read for me.

I found this book over written and very repetitive and to be honest I struggled to finish it.

There was so many times in this book that I wanted to scream as Alice just seemed to round and round in circles and I felt this book could have been wrapped up in 250 pages. Everything about this book was OK apart from the ending which I found dreadful. I couldn't believe the Epilogue and that really left me frustrated.

Interesting side note, this was my first time reading a book by an Australian author within the first few pages, I’d mistaken Ms.Moriarty for an English author. That doesn’t really matter, but I thought it was interesting to note that tidbit. Getting back on topic, this book was very good. It had a somewhat slow start, but once Alice left the hospital, the rollercoaster ride really began. This book contained some very deep situations and prompted me to stop and think “What if I forgot 10 years o ...more
Alice has an accident in the gym where she hits her head. She then suffers memory loss and can't remember the last 10 years.
It is 2008 but she thinks it is 1998. She doesn't remember her children, her busy life or the fact that she is now separated from her husband Nick.
Slowly Alice attempts to piece together her memories and wonders how her life ended up the way it did.

Then there is Alice's sister Elisabeth, who is dealing with unexplained infertility.
Elisabeth has had numerous attempts to con
4 stars

I have a confession. I skimmed most of the book. I didn't care to read about Elisabeth and her problems. I didn't care to read Frannie's letters. They are utterly boring. Well, I did stop to read when Alice was mentioned.

My sole focus was how Alice would do with her memory lost and her surroundings. Anyway, why 4 stars though?

TBH I really liked the idea of the story. Amnesia and the person who had it, it was quite interesting to read. In this case, before she lost her memory, Alice was an
This book had me captivated from the first chapter. I felt drawn in and personally invested in each of the characters, even the ones I didn't like. For several nights in a row, I stayed up until midnight just to read one (or five) more chapters.

The pace is typical of a 'whodunit' mystery, although the mystery is not a murder, but the ten years that Alice forgets, and how she transitioned from a wide-eyed twenty nine year old to her brisk and busy thirty nine year old self.

This book had me aski
Jen A.
Poor Alice... she bumped her head and lost the past 10 years of her life! If you suddenly found yourself living in 2012 but thinking it was 2002, how would you react? Would you like yourself? Would you agree with the choices you've made, the friends you've cultivated, the person you married, the children you've raised?

What Alice Forgot comes from inside the head of Alice, an about-to-turn-40-year-old who suddenly thinks she's 14 weeks pregnant and about to turn 30. Whoops! Oh yes, and since this
Alice Love has hit her head and lost the memories of the last 10 years of her life. She is no longer the young 29 year old, madly in love with her husband Nick, expecting her first child and close to her older sister. Oh no, much has changed as Alice discovers, and she does not recognize who she has become. What follows is a humorous and sometimes sad story as she attempts to reconcile the women she thinks she is, with this "new Alice", one she doesn't really like very much.

This book made me t
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I truly enjoyed this book.....Alice and I have a lot in common though. She is a 39 year old mother that is busy, busy, busy. Volunteering at school, keeping up with household chores, birthday parties, homework, piano, sports, etc. She hits her head and looses the last 10 years of her memory....back to before she had kids and times were simpler. Nice book that made me look at my life and the importance of finding time for what really matters. A definite reccomend!
Feb 03, 2014 Rola rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rola by: Nile daughter
Chick lit isn't supposed to be so realistic, ,,, WOW.

that was the first impression, review to come soon :)

Update ;

One of my all time favorites, ,, is an old movie called "Peggy Sue got married" , it tells the story of Peggy Sue, a divorced woman who married her boyfriend during high school after she got knocked up in the night of their prom.
twenty years later while attending a high school reunion, she suddenly faints to wake up minutes later and found her self back again to high school , young
I loved aspects of this book and I really wanted to love this book because the premise was interesting, but it fell short for me in a few ways. This was a highly readable book, it flowed fast and you really did not have to stop and think about it too much. This was just the type of book I needed right now because I was not in the mood for a text that would make me think. As a result, I actually quite enjoyed the book initially until I thought more about it. What bothered me about this book was t ...more
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Once upon a time, there was an image obsessed, highly stressed, upwardly mobile, mother of three who was about to turn forty. One day, the fairy godmother of novels pushed her off her stationary bike so she hit her head hard enough to cause her to lose ten years of memory. When she woke, she was in her golden age of life, newly married, expecting her first child, dreaming of her ideal house, best friends with her sister. This special gift of her fairy godmother
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Alice swims back into consciousness after a fall in her aerobic step class. She is worried about the baby she is carrying, at age 29, but in 1998, she is content in her marriage, happy with her life and can't really imagine anything going wrong. Except something doesn't seem quite right, her stomach is flat, her husband won't answer the phone and she can't imagine what she was doing in an exercise class in the first place. She is stunned to discover it is 2008, amnesia has robbed her of her memo ...more
What Alice Forgot is a standalone novel from author Liane Moriarty. I have only read one other book written by Ms. Moriarty (The Husband's Secret) and I enjoyed it a great deal. So I was excited when this title became available at my local library. When I first starting reading it, I wasn't sure about this one because it got off to a pretty slow start. After looking at how many pages were in the novel and the pacing, I was a little worried. However, by the 50% mark I was fully engaged. Even thou ...more
What Alice Forgot is a gripping novel about a woman who after an accident forgets the last ten years of her life. Ten years in which she changes as a person, her marriage deteriorates, friends leave and others come into her life. And needless to say she's in for somewhat of a shock when she eventually realises that she isn't in fact pregnant of her first baby, like she believes she is, but already has three school-bound children.

Author Liane Moriarty realistically depicts the confusing time Ali
Ten years changes a lot.

Warning: whoever wrote the goodreads intro to this book should be fired because they've made it sound a lot more hokey than it was, and had I read their intro first I might not have picked this up at all.

That said, I loved this book. I recognize that I am clearly the targeted audience, full-swing into the period referenced in Alice's life. It's kind of a middleagedmarriagefourkidsschoolfunctionsfinancialstresssocialobligationsfamilyandquirkyrelationships time of life. Bu
This is not a genre that I normally read and I probably never would have found it and read it on my own if it were not for it being a book club pick for this month. Despite that I loved this book. I found it almost impossible to put down. The mystery of what Alice forgot and why she turned out to be the kind of person she was kept me interested. There was a lot I could relate to in this story. Some of the things that happened in Alice's marriage were a lot like some things that have happened in ...more
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