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Could have been so much better.............,
This review is from: What Alice Forgot (Paperback)
I'm afraid I found this story a little bit lacking in more ways than one.
Alice is the main character who wakes up on the floor of the gym after suffering a nasty blow to the head. She later realises she's not the pregnant, fun loving, happily married 29 year old she thought she was, but an uptight mother of three who is heavily involved with the community and facing a nasty divorce.
Some parts of this story just weren't believable. For example - when Alice revealed to her sister that she'd lied to the hospital about getting her memory back, there was some talk about making her go back to the hospital but it was quickly forgotten. If that was my sister, I'd turn the car around and take her back right that second. I certainly wouldn't send her home, suggest she goes to sleep and then leave her on her own! Then there was the moment Alice met her children and the future Nick for the first time. Nick knew she had lost her memory, that she'd lied to the hospital and so couldn't remember the kids at all - but rather than marching her back or even staying with her, he just left the kids with her. I found it a little insulting that the author just expected her readers to go along with this without question.
Then there were the two back stories. As far as I was concerned, the Great Grandma's blog didn't really belong in the story and I felt myself wanting to skip those pieces all together. Then there was Elizabeth. She was a really strong character, beautifully conveyed - I could feel her pain and frustration and was dying to know whether she would end up with the baby she always wanted. This was in complete contrast to the character of Alice, who was lacking in both reality and emotion. I think the writing was much stronger in the first person and maybe that's where Alice suffered slightly.
This story had real potential, but I felt the execution was perhaps a little juvenile. Such a shame.
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Initial post: 5 Nov 2010 15:47:04 GMT
Textile Figure Artist says:
I would agree completely with what Marmite has said about this book. I skipped the irritating and unnecessary Grandma's blog backstory, which didn't move the plot along and the style of the writing was rather irksome and yes juvenile in execution. There were gaping holes in the premise throughout and the concept that everyone was pretending not to discuss what was really bothering Alice was irritating rather than gripping, as she obviously needed counselling and support.
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