Review: Still Alice (Lisa Genova)

Genre: General Fiction

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis:

At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease that is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as unforgettable as Judith Guest’s Ordinary People.

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.

Review: 

So this story aims to increase readers’ awareness towards early onset alzheimer’s disease (EOAD) because of its rare condition among humans. I love fictional books set in real medical/psychological settings. It’s not as boring as psych textbooks and you can easily relate the stories to your life.

What’s great about this book is the way I felt connected to Alice from the beginning. You’re really IN HER HEAD when her disease starts progressing and she loses her memory in the short span of 2 years. You feel compassionate, pity (inevitably) and sorrow at the initial reaction/treatment her family provided for her. You get to see a close up of how EOAD affects a family suddenly and that the victims need a strong and patient support system to go through the day.

It’s a lifelong disease and it’s sad how there are people like Alice with so much more left to do in her life but she’s overcome by this EOAD. But she does give a beautiful message that despite slowly losing her memory, she does wish to cherish each and everyday, even if she won’t remember it minutes later.

Writing wise, it’s superb. The story is fast paced, narration is amazing, you feel like you’re losing your memory along with Alice. And the psychological facts are so easily comprehended!

A great read in my opinion. One of my favourites for this year. Go check it out!  

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