Saturday, March 10

Putting Alice Back Together Review + Interview

Putting Alice Back Together
Carol Marinelli

Published By: Mira
Publication Date: March 2, 2012
Date Read: March 2, 2012
Genre: Adult - Chick Lit
Source: Review Copy from Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pages: 397

From Goodreads:
There's only so much sex, valium and red wine you can take to paper over the cracks... 

Alice Lydia Jameson is the friend you wish you had. The girl who makes a party more fun, pulls a funny face to make you feel better, drinks wine out of a mug and makes you laugh while you're crying over an ex. Alice is totally happy, everything is amazing, and there is nothing at all to worry about... except, well: Her job was really great 10 years ago; The sexiest guy alive doesn't want her...because he's gay; Her credit card bills are mounting up... But maybe the biggest problem for Alice is that she has a secret. A secret so big she can't tell anyone...but how do you keep a secret like that when everything is starting to fall apart? And once it's out there, how do you ever begin to put yourself back together again?

I really loved this book. I was definitely not expecting to fall in love with this book as much as I did and I am so glad I received it for review otherwise I may never have read it.

Alice puts on the front that her life is perfect. To everyone else she's happily single and loving life. Little do they know that she's addicted to Valium and alcohol and she's just trying to paper over the cracks. Because the truth is, her life is falling apart. Something happened 10 years ago, something that nobody else knows and she can't tell anyone. How can she keep this secret when keeping it in destroying her life, and maybe destroying her relationship with the only man she truly loved.

I was completely hooked to this book right from the first chapter. I am a huge fan of Chic-Lit Romance books which is what this is but never have I become so glued from the start like I was with this one. Okay maybe I was with PS, I Love You and Lucy in the Sky but that's not the point. I really loved this book from the start and I could not stop reading. From the start you know that Alice has this secret but you don't know what it is. Well I suppose it's the nosy side of me but I couldn't stop reading, I was like SECRET? WHAT IS IT?!?! I really needed to keep reading to find out what had happened for Alice to get to this place in her life.

I think Carol's writing was brilliant and she is fantastic at holding the readers attention and keeping them in suspense. I really loved the use of flashbacks in the books so that you found out what had happened to Alice in a way that you went through it with her and I found that through the flashbacks you really got to connect with Alice's character more and I loved that.

Alice is such a great character, I really loved her and felt for her so much throughout the book. All these terrible things have happened to her and you really understand why she is where she is and why her mental health has deteriorated to this point. Through Carol's amazing writing technique you really sympathise with Alice and most of the way through I just wanted to give her a hug.
I really loved Alice's friends, Nicole really annoyed me a lot through the book how she knew there was stuff going on with Alice and yet she just left and didn't come back. I loved Ros and Dan and thought I want them as friends because they are the best friends you could ever imagine and I loved how no matter what bad things were going on with Alice they never gave up on her. It didn't matter when they found out her secrets they were still there for her.
Hugh, oh Hugh. I love him. I just fell in love with him from the moment we met him and he is just the sweetest guy ever. He's the guy that every girl dreams of finding one day because he was just perfect. Every scene he was in I loved and I went all girly going *sigh*. I loved him and I was sad at one point with where the story was going but by the end I was completely in love with him again.

I thought this book was fantastic and to me the ending was perfect. Although I didn't like where the story was heading at some parts I understood why it had to happen so Alice could help herself and I think the storyline was just brilliant. It's a really great story and I would recommend it to any fan of books by Cecelia Ahern, Paige Toon and Marian Keyes.
I absolutely loved it and I know I could just read it over and over again.

I am so excited to welcome Carol Marinelli to K-Books today and she has agreed to answer a few questions for the blog tour.

When did you first discover your talent for writing?

When I was 10 our teacher said we could write anything we like. I had my heroine wading into the sea to kill herself – I got a gold star and he wrote “very melodramatic “ I had to look up what that meant. J I am sure, in these times I would have been referred to the school psychologist but the gold star was far better – I kept going with it.

Was there anything particular that gave you inspiration for Putting Alice Back Together?

I often have several projects on the go. I was trying to write a “single girl in a flat” book - it wasn’t working. A while later I started another book and she needed a sister – and I thought I’d use the “single girl in a flat” it sort of took off from there. I rarely plot and I certainly didn’t with Alice. The story just sort of grew as the character did. 

Did you model any of your characters on people you know?

My characters come from about 100,000 people and experiences and a scary imagination then I throw them in a pot and make copious character charts and melt them down and hopefully out comes someone we all recognise and know. 

Which of your characters did you have the most fun creating?

Roz was probably my favourite – I actually didn’t like her when I first wrote the book but she became funnier and more integral to the story, so I had to go back to the melting pot and character charts and a new Roz emerged. I disliked Nicole (she was around a lot more in the first draft of the book) and every time I wrote something that made her a bit more likeable I made myself delete it.

What can we expect from you in the near future?

Well, as of yesterday, it is sitting on my editor’s desk, so I guess it depends on what she thinks. It is a story linked to Putting Alice Back Together – I don’t think it is the characters you would expect it to be though and I am scared I have gone too far J (But I love it).

Thank you for taking the time to be on K-Books today.

What do you think? I loved this book so I cannot wait to read this other book.

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