All Fall Down

All Fall Down

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Allison Weiss has a great job...a handsome husband...an adorable daughter...and a secret. Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, aging parents, a demanding daughter, and a marriage. But when the website she develops takes off, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. Her husband's becoming distant, her daughter's acting spoiled, her father is dealing with early Alzheimer's, and her mother's barely dealing at all. As she struggles to hold her home and work life together, and meet all of the needs of the people around her, Allison finds that the painkillers she was prescribed for a back injury help her deal with more than just physical discomfort, they help her feel calm and get her through her increasingly hectic days. Sure, she worries a bit that the bottles seem to empty a bit faster each week, but it's not like she's some Hollywood starlet partying all night, or a homeless person who's lost everything. It's not as if she has an actual problem. However, when Allison's use gets to the point that she can no longer control, or hide, it, she ends up in a world she never thought she'd experience outside of a movie theater: rehab. Amid the teenage heroin addicts, the alcoholic grandmothers, the barely-trained "recovery coaches," and the counselors who seem to believe that one mode of recovery fits all, Allison struggles to get her life back on track, even as she's convincing herself that she's not as bad off as the women around her.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781451617788
145161778X
Characteristics: 388 p. ; 24 cm

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BrooklynLady_42 Dec 15, 2016

This is the first book I read written by Jennifer Weiner. It was an interesting topic but the last parts of the book were boring, very boring. I will finish reading it because it is the only book I have at home now. Otherwise, I would have stopped. Will try her other books.

M_ALCOTT Aug 07, 2015

Addiction, of any kind, is a serious subject matter, and Jennifer Weiner was able to get that point across in the novel. But, she was still able to incorporate humor here and there throughout the story.

carolinevig5 Apr 11, 2015

This was my first time reading one of Jennifer Weiner's novels, and I'm not anticipating another read from her. While the story was good, and I really did like the point she was trying to make about prescription drug use and its dangers, it is so poorly written I nearly stopped reading multiple times. It is so watered down as far as the writing goes. I love a good chick book/beach read, but I don't think that the writing should be compromised. I truly felt that this way reading this novel. I do not recommend.

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jenksmom42
Jan 02, 2015

I thought it was terrible! I don't like such negative things to read for pleasure. Hated the ending too. First time to read this author and won't after this one.

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writermala
Sep 29, 2014

I read this book in one sitting and thought, "there but for the Grace of God go I." The scenario that Jenifer Weiner portrays could be anybody's story. Anyone who has unthinkingly popped an aspirin could be headed this way.
Allison Weiss seems, on the surface, to have a perfect life yet suddenly she finds herself overwhelmed by this perfect life which veers off in unexpected directions. What started off as a seemingly harmless popping of a pill turned into a coping mechanism and then to a hopeless addiction.
This book, despite the poignant storyline, is hilarious at times and one keeps reading it and rooting for Allison. Allison is a powerful character and the supporting characters are well-sketched too.

All in all it makes for great reading.

dossiere Sep 01, 2014

First time i have read one of her novels. I liked it a lot.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "I read this without knowing the plot because I like Jennifer Weiner's books. Once again she delivers a novel of a realistic woman but this time about addiction (to pain meds). It was OK, personally I thought Marian Keyes' Rachel's Holiday was a better portrayal of addiction and rehab with more likeable characters and a stronger plot."

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kburkhar
Jul 26, 2014

The description says the character's name is Gillian but it's Allison!

Anyway, I loved the book! I was also sucked in with the first chapter. She is one of my favorite authors too and I think it's her best novel yet. Devoured it in a weekend.

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mpot
Jul 17, 2014

Good, predictable.

ehbooklover Jul 13, 2014

A heartbreaking and eye-opening book about prescription painkiller abuse with a realistic and thought-provoking ending. I was sucked in within the first few chapters and spent a beautiful day inside reading because I just couldn’t seem to put this book down.

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This book is about a working wife and mother with an ill father who is just trying to manage it all, and finds herself taking more and more prescription painkillers to get through the day. I found it incredibly sad, though it was well-written and definitely kept my interest.

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M_ALCOTT Aug 07, 2015

"By Sunday, I was sitting through my tenth--or was it my twelfth?--Share, so inured to the recitation of abuse, neglect, and damage that I'd started subbing in my favorite fictional characters. 'Hi, my name is Daenerys Targaryen, and I'm an addict (Hi, Dany!). I guess you could say it all started when my brother married me off to Khal Drogo, a vicious Dothraki warlord, when I was just thirteen. I started drinking after my husband killed my brother by pouring molten gold on his head. For a while, it was social. I'd have a drink before dinner with my bloodriders, maybe two if we'd had a rough day, but after Mirri Maz Duur murdered my husband, it turned into an all-day-long thing...' "-excerpt All Fall Down

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