What Alice Forgot Book Review

Hi everyone! How are you feeling? Hopefully you’re managing to stay healthy despite everything that’s been going around lately. I’m feeling better today thankfully, but sort of relapsed on Saturday. Most of the day was spent sleeping off another fever. The same thing happened to Matt when he was sick, so I was sort of anticipating it, but it still sucked. I’m sick of being sick!

I managed to be a little productive today, and finally got around to taking down our Christmas decorations. Now the apartment seems so empty!




I also did some more post-party clean up, as in scrubbing the champagne stains off our walls. Fun.

My less than eventful weekend comes with perfect timing, because I want to talk about something else anyway!

What Alice Forgot Book Review

I had lots of fun participating in the Peanut Butter Fingers book club last month, so I decided to tag along for the ride in December as well. The book chosen this time around was What Alice Forgot.

The basic premise of the novel centers around a woman named Alice. She’s recently experienced some major life moments…getting married, buying a house, and becoming pregnant with her first child. She’s 29 years-old.

Except wait a minute, she’s not 29, she’s actually 39. She’s had an accident and lost 10 years of her memory. She quickly discovers that life is not the way she remembers it. Her husband speaks to her in a vicious tone, her sister is distant and uninterested, and her closest “friends” are strangers to her. Oh and, she has three kids.

Alice must repair her most important relationships. She finds that the only way to do this is to remember what happened, but hang on to a piece of her younger, 29 year-old self at the same time.


My Review

So I must be honest with you guys. I’ve been procrastinating writing this book review. With last month’s book choice, I was a highlighting maniac and couldn’t wait to put some of my thoughts down on paper. I had so much to say and had trouble keeping my review short and sweet.

This time around, I’m struggling to find anything to say. I enjoyed the book, but I didn’t find it special in any way. It was like watching a re-run of How I Met Your Mother. You enjoy it, and you’re sort of paying attention, but once it’s over nothing really sticks.

Parts of the book were very heartbreaking. Reading about a couple going through a divorce with three children, I found myself strangely emotional. Even though I’m fortunate enough to have no idea what that would be like, the way the book was written made it all very real. Then again, I sometimes cry during Folgers commercials so take that with a grain of salt.

The book held my interest pretty well. As the story unfolded, only bits and pieces were given away at a time, and I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen. In general, I would classify this book as a great beach read.

Something to Think About

The one take-home message I got from this novel was how much time changes you. What were you like 10 years ago? Who were you closest to? Are you still close to them today?

The honest answer for me is no, I’m not close with the same people I was friends with when I was 16. I’ve changed, they’ve changed, and that’s not a bad thing. Life happens.

But the relationships at my core, with my parents and siblings and family, those are the same. And I hope and pray that 10 years from now they’ll still be that way.

As time marches on your interests will change, your hobbies will change, your income and status may change. You’ll make new friends and lose touch with old ones, you may get married or have children. So much can and will happen to you. Just don’t lose sight of where you came from, and what makes you you.

You leave home, you move on
And you do the best you can
I got lost in this whole world
And forgot who I am

Miranda Lambert – “The House that Built Me”

And if you get lost along the way, it doesn’t hurt to just go home again.

Questions: How have you changed in the past 10 years? Are you happy with who you’ve become, or do you miss parts of your former self?

24 thoughts on “What Alice Forgot Book Review

  1. Megan

    Dang! I saw this book up and had it on my to-read list. I’m currently done with 4 out of 8 in a series I am reading and this was my next one!

  2. Chelsie S

    Use of the word relapse in a different context?! Girl, don’t scare me like that!!! haha.
    I read What Alice Forgot last year, and thought many of the same things you did. Sure, the story was alright, but it moreso got me thinking of where I was 10 years ago and where I want to be. It also got my mind wandering to advice I would give my 13-year-old self and my 33-year-old self. Moral of the story, you never know where life might take you, but if you can get to where you’re going happily, that’s all that matters.
    Hope you’ve kicked that virus for good!!

    1. aftertheivyleague

      Haha I know sorry! I couldn’t think of another word to use…my vocabulary kind of sucks. And I agree…who the heck knows where I’ll be in 10 years, but as long as I’m still me and I’m happy, everything will have worked out just fine. And thanks! The virus is almost gone, a lingering stuffy nose today. I’m definitely ready to be done with it!

    1. aftertheivyleague

      I absolutely love that song too. I can’t sing along without getting teary and nostalgic, it’s so good. And I love that you’re thankful for everything that’s happened to you the past 10 years. I feel the same way!

  3. Taryn

    I read this book because of PB Fingers, too, and I 100% agree with your review. I liked the book.. it kept me interested the entire time (and made me think – if I woke up having forgotten event he last 2-3 years of my life, I’d be freaked out).. but I could not figure out what to write about it (which is why I didn’t end up doing a post haha). I can’t wait to see what other bloggers have to say tomorrow when she does her roundup of all the posts, but I really liked your review. Kudos!

    1. aftertheivyleague

      Thanks Taryn! I know, it was hard to think of much to say…it was kind of just your run-of-the-mill novel to me in a lot of ways. But overall a pretty good book I’d say. I’m looking forward to reading more reviews too!

  4. Haley @ The Saucy Apple

    I love that you picked out that message! I kept thinking the same thing… What would be different if I woke up with 10-year amnesia? Hopefully, I would have progressed in a positive way, but I think another important message is that it’s important who we surround ourselves with AND, like you’ve said, how we communicate with our loved ones.

    1. aftertheivyleague

      I definitely agree! Communication was one message I took away from this book, had Alice and Nick been better at it during their marriage, their lives probably would’ve been very different.

  5. Jorie

    This sounds like a very interesting premise for a book! But I keep hearing from others that it’s not really a memorable book for whatever reason — maybe it just didn’t go as deep as it could’ve or wasn’t written as well?

    1. aftertheivyleague

      I agree…it’s not all that memorable. I compared it above to a re-run of How I Met your Mother haha. Once I was into it, it was a page turner and went fast (I couldn’t put it down on a Saturday morning)..but none of the “big reveals” were all that big, and nothing too shocking happened that stuck with you. I liked it though, decent beach read.

  6. Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    I took down my Christmas decorations this weekend too, and yeah… things definitely look a bit more empty. Still nice to get back to normal, though… and I hope that you feel 100% better soon :)

    I’ve definitely changed a lot over the past 10 years, but I’d like to think it’s mostly for the better. I often wish I could go back to some of the carefree days of my youth, but I don’t think I’d give up the things I learned and experienced to go back to those times.

    1. aftertheivyleague

      I’m very happy to have things back to normal as well. Even though the place looks empty, at least it’s more clean and organized which I am a major fan of.

      I feel the same way. I miss my younger self sometimes (I definitely laughed more at the dumbest things and was more carefree)..but at the same time, you can’t help growing up. And for the most part I’m happy with who I’ve become, so there’s no sense in worrying too much about it!

  7. Megan @ runningonjava

    I skipped your review because I’m planning on reading the book :) Your last thought is interesting, though. 10 years ago, I was 9…so clearly I’ve changed. I think it’s interesting to think even a couple months or years back and note how much I’ve changed. Life moves pretty quickly, and I’ve had to make a lot of adjustments as a result. Back to the 10 years thing…when I was 9, we were still living in Chicago and about to take on our first move as a family. You’re right, my core values and core familial relationships haven’t changed, but my location definitely did!

    1. aftertheivyleague

      To quote Ferris Bueller “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ain’t that the truth? It’s crazy what a difference 10 years makes! And I love that your core family and relationships haven’t changed, even though so much else has!

  8. Cookie Dough Katzen

    Ah that’s so weird that you guys both got sick twice. That’s what happened to me too! Ugg! I’m starting to feel a little better today though- hope you are too! Good work getting things done around your house :)

  9. Carrie

    Wow, I wrote a somewhat sappy post about where I was two years ago, but ten–holy cow! Out of that friend group, I only talk to one person today. But, like you wrote, life happens, people change, and that’s totally normal. Glad to hear you’re feeling better too! :)

    1. aftertheivyleague

      I know…ten years is such a long time! So much changes, it’s crazy. I’m still friends with a couple people from that time in my life, but not as close as we used to be. It makes me a little sad and nostalgic, but I have no regrets so there’s no sense in worrying about it.


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