This book made me cry, if you don’t like that sort of thing, stop reading this review. Now that it’s an Academy Award-winning film everyone knows the story of Still Alice. A psychology professor is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. It starts off innocently, forgetting events and misplacing objects. Then she can’t remember where she lives, or how to get home after her usual run. Told through a first person narrative, we experience Alice’s world fall apart.
Although we may never know what truly happens in one’s mind during the decay of this disease, Lisa Genova has given a raw and honest account. Being a professor, Alice has a rational mind that craves understanding. She tries to comprehend what is happening with logic. Unfortunately, logic fails her until her diagnoses. We always associate Alzheimer’s with old age and this book is a heart breaking reminder it can affect anyone. Her husband is at a loss of how to help and the runaway daughter is the one who steps up. Alice’s condition brings out the best and worst in the people around her.
It is an emotive read. Much like other bestselling novels like Room and Elizabeth is Missing, it has to be read to be fully appreciated. No, you can’t just watch the film. You are in Alice’s mind. You are suffering from this disease. You are frustrated, angry and confused for her. Never have I felt so emotional when reading a book. I experienced every single high and low. When we join Alice a few months later, that’s when the tears came thick and fast.