Month: November 2012

My Thoughts On What Alice Forgot

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I picked up this book because the reviews said that it was laugh-out-loud funny. I ended up thoroughly skimming this book because it was not only not funny but kind of stressful.

While at the gym, Alice, 39, falls during her spinning class, hits her head on one of the bars, and when she wakes up she is 29, happily married, financially struggling and pregnant.

So imagine her surprise when her husband does not meet her at the hospital (they are separated) and a picture she finds in her purse reveals that she has THREE children when she does not even remember giving birth to one.

Alice’s estanged sister comes to the hospital to help her fill in the decade that she is missing, and Alice is not happy with her new life. Thanks to a better financial situation, her home is renovated and beautiful, but her husband will not talk to her on the phone, she is dating a guy that is a little on the nerdy side, and though she is physically fit, it’s due to all the time she spends at the gym, and she hates the gym!

Alice has an opportunity to merge the things she loved about her life when she was 29 with the life she now has but has to find a way to improve the relationships she has hurt over the last ten years.

It’s an interesting idea for a book. You really hurt for Alice when she calls her husband, not knowing that they are estranged, and he swears at her over the phone. And when her three kids come home and they are hungry and moody and she does not even know their names. . .well, you can see why I started skimming.

I skimmed to the end, and the ending was fabulous! It was everything in the middle I was not crazy about.

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What I’m Reading Now: What Alice Forgot

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From Amazon.com:

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 (a gym! She HATES the 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 out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time.

She has 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 whether it’s possible to start over…

MyThoughts on the Late, Lamented Molly Marx by Sally Koslow

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I enjoyed the idea of this book as my nephew passed away a few months ago, and my sister and I still speculate about what happens when the spirit leaves a body and what my nephew may be doing right now.

In this book, Molly is at her own funeral.  I immediately love her because her funeral gets overly sappy, something she does not approve of, and she thinks “Oh, kill me now.”

Molly know she is dead, but she cannot remember how she got that way.  She follows around the people that meant a lot to her in life: her parents, her twin, her daughter, her husband, the man she had a long-term affair with, her best friend and someone new: the detective trying to solve the mystery around her death.

This book is interesting because you get to imagine what happens on “the other side” but it was also stressful because you know that someone close to her probably caused her death.

The whodunit does get solved, in a way, at the end, and Molly lets go of her life here and moves on.  Well, actually, moves up.  She does return for one extremely special moment at the very end of the book.  It brought tears to my eyes. It was a really nice ending.

Unfortunately, because of the language used in this book and the sexual affairs, although I enjoyed parts of this book, it’s not a book I would recommend to friends.