My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Published: March 20th, 2018
Publisher: Scout Press
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Contemporary, ALS, Family
Like a lot of people, I read STILL ALICE and let it change my way of perceiving Alzheimer’s disease. It was an unforgettable story and I learned more from it than I could have predicted. I still remember this one thing that has stayed with me for years: Alice claims that apparently if you hold someone’s gaze for longer than five seconds and they don’t look away, it means they either want to sleep with you or KILL YOU. That alone made me go WOW. Unfortunately, nothing in this book made me go like that. Nothing blew me away or made me say: ‘‘What, really? Noooo. I can’t believe this!’’ It did act as a tool to teach about ALS disease but I did not feel as connected to the characters as I did to those featured in STILL ALICE.
Also, who hurt Lisa Genova? I mean, Alice had such a beautiful family supporting her. Yes, they had their own issues, but they all came together to help Alice and be with her. Richard here is pretty despicable. We do come to understand him better and despise him less, but he did not deserve Karina being so kind to him (and maybe vice-versa, it’s COMPLICATED). By the end, I found their relationship healthier so there is definitely a positive development happening in the story. And of course, Genova’s writing is elegant and she finds ways to keep you hooked.
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