All Fall Down

All Fall Down

A Novel

Book - 2014
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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, Washington Square Press, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781451617788
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: WEINER, J


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Jan 12, 2020

I loved it. Now I understand the power of addiction.

Apr 05, 2019

I closed this novel after a few chapters because I prefer entertainment in my books v. stark, depressing reality. However, I would recommend this book to any mother who has a drug/pill addiction or uses alcohol to self-medicate and any woman who is thinking about having children but not sure. The Eloise (Ellie) character made me hyper-ventilate and now I truly understand why so many women become addicts at such an alarming rate. Perhaps you could use this as a pre-marital guide - a warning even - when people try to achieve perfection in a marriage when perfection could not possibly exist.

Oct 03, 2018

I liked it but was ready to move on to a new book by the end.

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.

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

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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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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