All Fall Down

A Novel

Weiner, Jennifer

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
All Fall Down
"Allison Weiss has a great job...a handsome 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. With a sparkling comedic touch and tender, true-to-life characterizations, All Fall Down is a tale of empowerment and redemption and Jennifer Weiner's richest, most absorbing and timely story yet"-- Provided by publisher. Struggling with the demands of her job, distant husband, spoiled daughter and Alzheimer's patient father, Allison becomes addicted to painkillers and lands in rehab, where amid fellow inpatients she confronts incompatible recovery techniques, barely trained counselors and her own denial.

Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2014
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 145161778X
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 24 cm


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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.

Sep 29, 2014
  • writermala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Sep 02, 2014
  • HopeButterfly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Couldn't put this book down....kept me inside glued to the pages....I thought it was one of Jennifer Weiner's better books. Enjoyed it soooo much!!

Sep 01, 2014
  • dossiere rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Aug 02, 2014

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."

Jul 26, 2014
  • kburkhar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 17, 2014
  • mpot rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Good, predictable.

Jul 13, 2014
  • ehbooklover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 07, 2014
  • AllisonCasa rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Jennifer Weiner is one of my all time favourite authors. She didn't disappoint with this novel. I couldn't put it down! I highly recommend!

Jul 03, 2014
  • Nightowl65 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I was really looking forward to a new Jennifer Weiner book but was so disappointed with this one.

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Dec 11, 2014
  • SparklyIsMyFavoriteColor rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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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