Still Alice has been on my TBR for years. It’s one of those books I kept putting off reading for no reason. And, I finally read it (obviously, since I’m reviewing it). And I can definitely see why so many people have read and loved it.
(All reviews are spoiler-free unless otherwise noted.)
(From Goodreads) In Lisa Genova’s extraordinary New York Times bestselling novel, an accomplished professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease learns that her worth is comprised of more than her ability to remember.
Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life—and her relationship with her family and the world—forever.
Still Alice is told from the point of view of Alice Howland as she struggles with Alzheimer’s. Which is both absolutely brilliant and completely heartbreaking. I thought it was a great representation of something so many people go through. It was so easy to identify with both Alice and all of her family members. But that’s what makes this book so hard to read. As much of a book nerd as I am, I can’t imagine not being able to read and remember any of it one day. Reading this book made me appreciate that I’m able to do those things – things most of us take for granted.
One of my goals for reading in general is to become a more empathetic person, to learn about what other people go through so that I’m more understanding. And Still Alice is probably one of the book that has impacted me most in that way. I may not be the most patient person in the world (okay, my patience threshold is pretty low most of the time), but this book made me be a little more cognizant of the fact that other people could be going through something I’m not aware of. And I don’t need to know what they’re experiencing in order to be more understanding.
Still Alice is a family drama, but also a lesson in empathy, and I loved that about it. I liked all of the characters and the story. Even though the book is told from Alice’s point of view, we get to know her husband and children pretty well – they’re all very different characters who have a huge impact on Alice’s life. And Alice’s disease impacts them all differently. I thought it was just really well done, and made for a unique novel.
★★★★☆ – I feel weird saying I enjoyed Still Alice – it doesn’t feel like a book you enjoy – but I did appreciated it a lot. I think it’s a book a lot of people could benefit from reading, and I would highly recommend it.
Still Alice is available in bookstores now. You can pick up your copy on Amazon. The 10th anniversary edition is really pretty, just saying.
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