“But maybe every life looked wonderful if all you saw was the photo albums.”
Genre: Chick Lit.
Number of Pages: 466.
One day Alice faints during her workout and forgets the last ten years of her life. She has to reconcile what she envisioned for her 39-year-old self and what she has actually become. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I have loved all of Moriarty’s books so far, but this one was a little harder for me to get into. It was very different from her other books; it did have some mystery to it, but it was not a true mystery like her other books. It was nice to see a different format—this was one of her earlier books, so it makes sense that it diverges from her most successful books. I liked it, but it was my least favorite of all of her books. However, like her other books, it does cover deep subjects, but always with a lighter and more humorous feel than most contemporary fiction.
The first half of the book was slow, but the second half did make up for it. I know this was written before unreliable narrators became a fad, but I still am over that being used as the main reason for mystery. I just want to scream at these books: why can’t someone just tell them the whole truth and not skirt around it for an entire book until they remember!?!
But Moriarty is one of the best at character building. You really feel like you know the main characters very well. Sometimes it can slow down the plot, like this book, but it still was very enjoyable and I would still recommend it. This book really makes you reflect and ask yourself if you ended up where were you hoping to at this point in your life. I will happily add this to my bookshelf next to Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, and Truly Madly Guilty. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
“Early love is exciting and exhilarating. It’s light and bubbly. Anyone can love like that.”