2016/01/20

BOOK REVIEW:
STILL ALICE BY LISA GENOVA

Title: Still Alice
Author: Lisa Genova
Published: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 384
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
A brilliant psychology professor at Harvard is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer and we follow her as she struggles through acceptance and descends into illness.


Review:
This book has been on my to-be-read list for forever and the synopsis has always intrigued me, having had experience with Alzheimer in my personal life. I had very high expectations.

I find myself torn. One one hand, I felt all the information about Alzheimer to be very interesting and I felt myself recognising certain situations. You do get a very good feel for what it would be like to suddenly just forget something - even if it's something as simple as where the bathroom is. Or the horror of introducing yourself to the same person twice within the span of 10 minutes. All of these things are heartbreaking and horrifying - the deterioration of the mind.

On the other hand, I wish this had dug deeper, especially into the characters. I didn't love how the perspective suddenly just shifts and I felt like a lot of the side-characters were one dimensional. There was so much potential, especially with the main character, that I felt was left unused.

I felt like this book could've hit harder and cut deeper with a little more work, but overall, I would recommend reading it, because it's definitely interesting.

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