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All Fall Down: A Novel Kindle Edition
“All Fall Down is Weiner’s best book yet. Her portrayal of rehab is sharp, sad, and mordantly funny… Weiner's account of Allison's hard-won turnaround is pitch-perfect. Allison is a memorable character wisecracking her way through despair. Her rock bottom, when it comes, is well-drawn and convincing.” ― Philadelphia Inquirer
“Compulsively readable. Weiner's skill is in the specifics. There's no doubt she knows how to deliver a certain kind of story, and well.” ― New York Times Book Review
“All Fall Down is a witty, realistic criticism on the modern age and how difficult it can be to balance family, career and self, and how quickly everything can spiral out of control. Allison Weiss is a great reminder that people have weaknesses and that superheroes don’t exist. Weiner fans will be happy to find this as one of her best works. For those who aren’t familiar with her, All Fall Down is a great place to start.” ― Boston Herald
"Jennifer Weiner's books should be labeled a controlled substance. She creates relatable heroines with everyday worries, such as losing weight or finding a mate. Add her clever pop-culture references, girlfriend conversations over goblets of wine and her trademark self-deprecating humor and you have sure-to-please novels that hook you in and never let go. Weiner's storytelling talents are estimable. Just like Allison pops a Vicodin (or two or four) to get through the morning, you will read one more chapter, and oh, come on, what would one more hurt? I deserve this pill, er, page. And you are gone.” ― USA Today
"Reading one of Jennifer Weiner's contemporary novels of manners is a bit like biting into an apple. The experience is full of flavor, more crisp than juicy, and refreshingly tart." ― The Baltimore Sun
"Best known for her sense of humor, Weiner's raw new novel proves she is equally as fluent in poignancy. A searing, no-holds-barred look at an ordinary woman whose life spirals out of control.” -- Jodi Picoult ― #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Weiner, who is a master at creating realistic characters, is at her best here, handling a delicate situation with witty dialogue and true-to-life scenes. Readers will be nodding their heads in sympathy as Allison struggles to balance being a mother, a daughter, and a wife while desperately just wanting to be herself. Weiner is one of the reigning queens of contemporary women’s fiction, and her latest is sure to hit the best-seller lists. The “hot-topic” quality of the story line will only boost readership even further." ― Booklist, starred review
"An absolutely heartbreaking read that will leave readers haunted. Great for book clubs or for anyone trying to understand a loved one's addiction.” ― Library Journal, starred review
“Weiner’s sly portrayal of family, entitlement and recovery culture is a romp – with an edge.” ― Good Housekeeping
“Dark humor and a surprise twist.” ― People Style Watch
“The everymom heroine in this novel becomes a hard-core pill addict–and it’s impossible to look away." ― Glamour --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00DPM909W
- Publisher : Atria Books; Reprint edition (17 June 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 1777 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 401 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #343,756 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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For me, at the age where I have adult children, I enjoyed seeing what it's like for these people in their late 30s, early 40s. And I like Weiner's voice: it's funny, sometimes snarky, feminist, and down-to-earth. I wish she were old enough to write about people my age (60 and above).
Minor spoiler alert: You may want to skip the next paragraph.
Two mild negatives: unless I missed it, nothing was said about the husband's selfishness which was definitely a factor in driving Allison to her pill addiction. Also, I wondered how Allison supported herself at the end of the book, since there was no mention of the job.
But having enjoyed this story so much, I plan to look back and see what other books of Weiner's I may have missed.
You know that analogy about the duck gliding serenely across the surface of the water - but what you can't see is how fast its feet are moving under the water? Well that is Allison Weiss's life.
On the surface she has it all - a beautiful home, a handsome husband, an adorable daughter and a very successful career as a blogger.
But lately her husband Dave has become distant, her daughter Ellie has behaviour issues, their house still looks like they just moved in, there are financial worries, her father has onset dementia, her mother isn't coping and the pressure to produce for the blog is all adding to the stress and pressure in Allison's life. The answer? A pill, or two, or three....
"Not one thing, but dozens of them, piling up against one another until the pills became less a luxury than a necessity for getting myself through the day and falling asleep at night."
While waiting to see the pediatrician, she idly fills out a magazine questionnaire and realizes...But she's not an addict, right? She can control it. And cut back if she wants to. Right?
As Weiner's tale unravels, so does Allie's life. The reader can empathize with her busy life and her stressors and can almost....but not quite, buy her rationalizations. And we can only watch as Allie's life mirrors that roller coaster on the cover and plunges downward.
Allison is not always a likable character - and that's to be expected given her situation. But I did like her voice. The supporting cast was a mixed bag. I thought Allie's mother's story was just as heartbreaking and telling. I was disappointed in Dave - he had suspicions of what was going on with Allie, but chose to not 'push' the issue, until things were far beyond the point of no return. I quite enjoyed Ellie's CAPITAL pronouncements.
What's frightening is that this book is not so far removed from the truth. Addiction doesn't always take place in a back alley in a bad part of town. I thought the ending was perfect - because life rarely is.
While Weiner's earlier books had more of a 'chick lit' feel to them, her later works tackle more serious subjects - contemporary women, their issues, emotions, thoughts and modern day life. She does it with warmth, humour, compassion and a sense of reality.
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I guess the emphasis of this book was that Addiction can quite literally happen to anyone - even a middle aged wife and mother with a career. A sensible message but not particularly well written.
The turning point of this story arrives through an unexpected path, upon which she finds out how low she has fallen. Like so many other Jennifer Weiner's stories, the meaning of the classic American virtue, self-reliance is explored through her heroines' strength to re-define themselves in new contexts, when they encounters horrible crises; The abstractness of the idea of maturity disperses, as the ladies come to a realization that they can alter their situations, by accepting both their history as well as the prospect that they could fall into a pitfall another time. However they are much better equipped mentally, if a new round of crisis come across.