Title/Author: “What Alice Forgot”, by Liane Moriarty
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Read it, or save your time? Read it for sure. Accept it for what it is and you will enjoy it. This book is exactly what it seems: a cute, light read. However, it will also make you think about the person you once were, currently are, and may become in the future. It may also make you weary about having 3 kids. Just sayin’.
What’s it about?
Alice Love is a 39 year old stay at home mom with 3 children and is in the middle of a divorce, when one morning she falls and hits her head at the gym. When she comes to, she thinks she is 29, pregnant with her first child, and madly in love with her husband, Nick. She has no recollection of the last 10 years of her life. As Alice struggles to get her memory back, she comes to realize that she is NOT the same person that she remembers (aka her 29 year old self), and naturally has a hard time accepting the reality of what her life has become. She cannot understand why she is so thin and has a closet full of designer clothes, why she yells at her children and husband so often, and why her sister doesn’t seem to like her very much (the sister’s infertility and jealousy is a side story that honestly I could have done without but that’s just me).
Throughout the story she struggles to get her memory back, but as she finds out, and as we all know, some things in life are just easier to forget. I found her internal struggles relatable, especially with regard to love and forgiveness.
Title/Author: “A Hundred Summers”, by Beatrize Williams
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Read it, or save your time? I highly recommend. This book is pure entertainment in any era, but that fact that it takes place in the 1930’s gives it a little something extra.
Quick Summary/Review: This novel is a hidden gem. It has a little bit of everything; a love story, a friendship so complex it will give you a newfound love for your own friends, and WASPY socialites, all set in 1938, when people still knew how to party. Oh, and a surprising (if not a bit farfetched) ending.
What’s it about? There is a lot going on here, so I will just hit the highlights. The year is 1938. Lily Dane goes to Seaview, Rhode Island where she and her family have summered with other rich, yuppie families for years. All is well at first – she hangs out on the beach with her adorable little sister, her somewhat nagging mother, and hilarious Aunt. Then, her cousin and ex-best friend, Budgie Greenwald (Budgie is a great name), returns to town. Budgie is now married to Nick Greenwald, Lily’s ex-fiancee, which causes quite the gossip around town.
Budgie is beautiful, charming, and manipulative, and manages to worm her way back into Lily’s good graces and become her friend again. However, as the summer unfolds, the truth about Nick and Budgie’s marriage slowly starts to come to light, and the love that Nick and Lily once had becomes hard for everyone to ignore. Oh, while this is all happening, Lily is also hooking up with Nick’s best friend, a charming and gorgeous ex-football player. Add this all together and you get drama, drama, drama.