Thursday, June 5, 2014

Review: All Fall Down

All Fall Down
All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Allison always expected to stop working when she started her family, but unfortunately life had other plans. Right when the family was getting started her husband’s job got downsized and her blog exploded. Suddenly, she makes more than her husband, but she is still expected to do everything a stay at home mom does. After suffering a back injury, Allison discovers the escape in painkillers. What started out as a temporary release quickly becomes all consuming. She is ordering pills off of the Internet and taking up to 20 pills in one day. Through a series of issues, Allison is no longer able to hide her problem. Will she accept help and stop using? Will she admit that she is an addict?

All Fall Down is a realistic fiction story that has its strong points, but also some issues. Readers will notice that Allison is not an average person. She has money and access to resources that only the rich have. This book helps readers know that addiction is NOT a “poor man’s” problem. Addiction comes in all shapes and sizes, and if readers embrace this philosophy, they will reap many benefits from this book. Weiner’s character and story are well developed, as always, and readers will want to keep reading and not put the volume down. Although this is an adult book, teens who enjoy reading about people overcoming personal issues will want to try this book.

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