All Fall Down: A Novel

by Jennifer Weiner

Atria Books | June 4, 2015 | Hardcover

All Fall Down: A Novel is rated 4 out of 5 by 13.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner

Allison Weiss got her happy endinga handsome husband, adorable daughter, a job she loves, and the big house in the suburbs. But while waiting in the pediatrician’s office, she opens a magazine to a quiz about addiction and starts to wonder…Is a Percocet at the end of the day really different from a glass of wine? Is it such a bad thing to pop a Vicodin after a brutal Jump & Pump class…or if your husband ignores you?

The pills help her manage the realities of her good-looking life: that her husband is distant, that her daughter is acting out, that her father’s Alzheimer’s is worsening and her mother is barely managing to cope. She tells herself that they let her make it through her days…but what if her increasing drug use, a habit that’s becoming expensive and hard to hide, is turning into her biggest problem of all?

With a sparkling comedic touch and a cast of unforgettable characters, this remarkable story of a woman’s slide into addiction and struggle to find her way back up again is Jennifer Weiner’s most masterful work yet.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 in

Published: June 4, 2015

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 145161778X

ISBN - 13: 9781451617788

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent book about addiction I bought this a few weeks ago because, with that price, you can't really beat it. This book had good, bad, sad, and happy moments. Some details ran a few short, thus the 4 stars, not 5. The characters were well written and overall the story was extremely easy to follow.
Date published: 2015-10-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Novel About Addiction to Painkillers! All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner is a book about a wife, mother, and blogger that gets addicted to pain killers. Allison Weiss (almost 40) is a wife to Dave, a reporter for the Philadelphia Examiner. They have a daughter Eloise (they call her Ellie) who is extremely sensitive (doctor’s diagnosis). Everything is too loud, too rough, or harsh for the little girl. Ellie also has attitude issues. She acts out in public, yells when talking, and definitely likes to get her way (or temper tantrum time). Allison was originally a stay-at-home mom, but then she was hired to be a writer for the blog Ladiesroom.com. Allison writes stories about marriage and motherhood. Dave is at work most of the time or training for a marathon (instead of spending time with the family he is “training” on the weekends). Allison’s father has Alzheimer’s and her mother is having difficulty coping. Her father always took care of her mother (took care of finances, they had a housekeeper, and she does not even drive). Now Allison is having to help her mother in addition to her responsibilities. Allison hurt her back working out at the gym and her doctor gave her some painkillers. That was the beginning of her addiction. They meds helped her get through the day and also helped her writing (she became bolder with her writing). It starts out with one or two pills a day (she has them in little Altoid’s tins), then two pills at a time, and then five or six a day (Oxy, Vicodin, and Percocet). Allison was doctor shopping (going to various doctors to get multiple pain prescriptions). Then Allison discovers a web site where she can get the meds without needing a prescription (how handy). Allison was up to over 600 milligrams a day of Oxycodone when her functioning became impaired (with the help of a glass of wine). She goes to pick up Ellie at school and is stopped by a teacher (a teacher monitors the pickup line at Ellie’s school), Allison knows she needs to do something. She contacts a doctor who gives her Suboxone (it takes care of pain without the opiates). Allison ends up in the hospital. Will she get the help she needs or will she lose everything? All Fall Down tells of how she got addicted and what happens after her addiction is discovered. I found it to be an interesting story and well written (the author has a good writing style). One thing that is odd is Allison’s lack of emotions. She is more matter of fact. You do not feel her love for her husband or daughter. I expected more emotion especially during the second half of the book. We do not get much detail on the husband. His character is also very different in the last half of the book. Davie is made out to be distant and uninvolved (especially with daughter), then he completely changes (it was odd). However, the book had me hooked, and I stayed up late to find out what happened to Allison. I give All Fall Down 3.75 out of 5 stars. I did not like the ending. It was abrupt and leaves the reader with questions. I wish the author had included an epilogue. I won a copy of All Fall Down from Goodreads First Reads Program.
Date published: 2015-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You just can't do it all....by yourself!!! I was very enthralled with this book. It was like I could see what was happening to Allison but couldn't help her....it could so easily happen to anyone and I think that's why I found it so captivating. I could only read it for so long and then I would have to put it down for awhile and then go back to it and pick it up again. It was hard to watch Allison self destruct before my eyes and not be able to help her or stop her. I give it 2 thumbs up!
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed The book was humorous, witty and felt like a conversation with yourself or your best frend. The ability for substance to take the edge off and stay as a buffer to life and it's demands is challenge for many. The author entertains and engages with her real and touching story abiut the besuty and strugges of every daylife.
Date published: 2015-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GOOD READ A good story about a mothers struggle to balance it all. An easy read that is hard to put down. Enjoy!
Date published: 2015-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from All Fall Down Very good book. Very good author.
Date published: 2014-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could've been better This book was alright. It glamorizes prescription pills in a way I didn't like and Allison, as another reader mentioned, is very weak and whiny. I also found the ending of the book to be rather unsatisfying and left me thinking, "that's it?".
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite book... I am hovering between a 2 or 3 star rating. I can't say I didn't like it, but at the same time it was just okay. I thought Allison was weak and whiny. She takes pills because her father is ill, her daughter is a handful, her mother is absent, her husband is not exactly what she wants, etc. etc. At the same time, she has a great job that fell into her lap, she has a big house and enough money to pay for these pills. It's called LIFE! I'm sorry, but there are people out there with way worse problems and she came across as snobbish and spoiled. I do, however, somewhat understand how a person could become addicted to these prescription medications, it seems there's a story in the news about it every day. I guess this book was just not what I was expecting. I really would have liked to read David's POV. I think reading about someone else looking at her addiction would have been more interesting. Wow, reading back through this review, I make it sound like a horrible book! It's really not, it has good points, especially when she is finally in rehab. Probably worth a read if you like this type of book.
Date published: 2014-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from All Fall Down A good read. Interesting view of addiction struggles and promise of a way out.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from All fall down Funny book! Great story!
Date published: 2014-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addiction can happen to anyone, anywhere I've been a fan of Jennifer Weiner from her first novel, Good in Bed. Her latest book, All Fall Down, has just released. 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.
Date published: 2014-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best summer read 2014 Fantastic read cover to cover
Date published: 2014-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive ;) Wonderfully written. I found myself NEEDING to know what happens next. Loved it.
Date published: 2014-06-29

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All Fall Down: A Novel

All Fall Down: A Novel

by Jennifer Weiner

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 in

Published: June 4, 2015

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 145161778X

ISBN - 13: 9781451617788

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All Fall Down ONE Do you generally use alcohol or drugs more than once a week? I hesitated with my hand over the page. I’d picked up the magazine to read the “How to Dress Right for Your Shape” story advertised on the cover, but it had opened to a quiz that asked “Has Your Drinking or Drug Use Become a Problem?” and something had made me stop. Maybe it was the black-and-white photograph of a woman in profile, bending sadly over her wineglass, or maybe the statistic beside it that said that prescription painkiller overdose was now the leading cause of accidental death of women in America, surpassing even car crashes. I had a pen in my hand—I’d been using it to fill out the stack of forms for Eloise’s five-year-old well-child checkup—and, almost without thinking, I made an X in the box for “Yes.” I crossed my legs and looked around Dr. McCarthy’s waiting area, suddenly worried that someone had seen what I’d written. Of course, no one was paying any attention to my little corner of the couch. Sleet ticked at the panes of the oversized windows; a radiator clunked in the corner. The lamplit room, on the third floor of an office building at the corner of Ninth and Chestnut, with a volunteer in a striped pinny at a knee-high table reading Amelia Bedelia to kids sitting in miniature chairs, felt cozy, a respite from the miserable winter weather. Three years ago my husband, Dave, my daughter, and I had moved out of Center City and into a house in Haverford that I refused to call a Mc
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner

Allison Weiss got her happy endinga handsome husband, adorable daughter, a job she loves, and the big house in the suburbs. But while waiting in the pediatrician’s office, she opens a magazine to a quiz about addiction and starts to wonder…Is a Percocet at the end of the day really different from a glass of wine? Is it such a bad thing to pop a Vicodin after a brutal Jump & Pump class…or if your husband ignores you?

The pills help her manage the realities of her good-looking life: that her husband is distant, that her daughter is acting out, that her father’s Alzheimer’s is worsening and her mother is barely managing to cope. She tells herself that they let her make it through her days…but what if her increasing drug use, a habit that’s becoming expensive and hard to hide, is turning into her biggest problem of all?

With a sparkling comedic touch and a cast of unforgettable characters, this remarkable story of a woman’s slide into addiction and struggle to find her way back up again is Jennifer Weiner’s most masterful work yet.

About the Author

Jennifer Weiner grew up in Simsbury, Connecticut. She attended Princeton University, where she studied with John McPhee, Toni Morrison and Joyce Carol Oates. She is currently a reporter/columnist at the "Philadelphia Inquirer" and a contributing editor at "Mademoiselle". Her short stories have been published in "Seventeen" and "Redbook". Her freelance work appears in Salon.com, "Time Out New York", "Animal Fair", the "Columbia Journalism Review" and "Seventeen". She lives in Philadelphia and appears regularly on "Philly after Midnight," Philadelphia's local late-night television show, as a commentator.

Editorial Reviews

“The everymom heroine in this novel becomes a hard-core pill addict–and it’s impossible to look away."