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Briefly Forgotten Love Quote

So I know I finished What Alice Forgot on Thursday,  and am already currently more than halfway done with The Arrangement, but I forgot to mention this quote from What Alice Forgot. 

Let me first tell you, I am not one of those people to take notes in the margins, or in a notebook while I do my reading. It makes me feel like I’m back in school doing an assignment. Plus, I like to fully engulf the story I am reading, not pause and jot something down. This is not me knocking anyone who does this, or who that method works for, I just would rather read, reflect and write what comes out instead. But sometimes when reading I do come across something I want to remember that sticks out to me and I highlight it. This quote was one of those times:

She had always thought that exquisitely happy time at the beginning of her relationship with Nick was the ultimate, the feeling they’d always be trying to replicate, to get back, but now she realized that was wrong. That was like comparing sparkling mineral water to French champagne. Early love is exciting and exhilarating. It’s light and bubbly. Anyone can love like that. But love after three children, after a separation, and a near-divorce, after you’ve hurt each other and forgiven each other, bored each other and surprised each other, after you’ve seen the worst and the best–well, that sort of love is ineffable. It deserves its own word.” (What Alice Forgot, Page 457)

Sappy, I know, but it made me happy so I wanted to share it. 

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What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

What would you think of yourself 10 years from now if you got a glimpse of the future you? This story urges you to think about your lifestyle and the choices you have made along the way to where you are in the moment.

For those of you who have not read this yet, here is what the back of the book reads:

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, Nick, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and is whisked off to the hospital, where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over: She is actually thirty-nine years old, has three kids, and is getting divorced. That knock on her head has misplaced ten years. Now Alice must piece together the events of the lost decade, and find out if it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She needs to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse — and how to start over…”

This book was easily addicting. I finished it within 6 days, but very well could have sooner if it weren’t for ya know work, my kids, errands, LIFE. After each chapter I kept needing to know more, to find out what happens next to discover more about Alice, her life, her sister Elizabeth, will she get back with her husband, or won’t she? Even learning more about Frannie! I enjoyed the excerpts of Elizabeth and Frannie’s point of view. I really think that pulled the story together rather nicely. I feel as though I were reading three different stories, and eagerly wanting to know more about the characters’ lives. The author did a great job making the reader feel the confusion Alice was feeling. I was entirely pulled into the emotions of these characters, and in the end it makes you ponder your own life and what differences you can tell from the version of yourself from a decade ago.

What I thoroughly enjoyed about this book was the discussion questions at the end in the Readers Guide. I took some time to sit and write a response for myself for each of the 13 questions. It really helps you if you’re wanting to sit and take in all you have just read. There was one pretty fun question that I would like to share my answers on because I found it amusing. One question asks ‘The film rights to the book have been sold to Fox 2000 – who do you think would be good in the lead roles?’ Don’t judge based off my responses, because I didn’t give this too long of a thought! haha

*Alice – Natalie Portman; Nick – Bradley Cooper; Elizabeth – Anne Hathaway; Ben – Seth Rogan; Barb – Goldie Hawn; Roger – George Clooney; Frannie – Cloris Leachman; Gina – Linsday Lohan; Madison – Abigail Breslin; Tom – Asa Butterfield; Olivia – Aubrey Anderson-Emmons; Dominick – Hugh Jackman*

To wrap this up:

Did I enjoy this book? Yes, I did.

Was it a book I feel I need some time to let sink in, or do I think I will be reflecting on it for the next week?  I will think about the characters and the personalities I have of them formed in my head for the next few days, but I wouldn’t say I will be reflecting on them for the next week. This was a great book, I enjoyed it, I don’t regret reading it, and there were lessons to take from it.

Would I recommend this book?  Yes. Especially if you find yourself questioning who you are lately.

I hope you enjoyed reading this! Feel free to reach out if you would like to discuss this book more in-depth!