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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (June 17 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145161778X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451617788
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

About the Author

Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen books, including Good in BedIn Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and Who Do You Love. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.

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By BookChick TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 19 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Allison Weiss is doing it all- she's holding down a demanding job that will only become more so as her blog's brand expands, parenting a demanding and overly sensitive young child, running the household and helping to care for her aged father with dementia. She juggles so many balls at one time that she is constantly teetering on the edge of dropping one or another- if she's a good parent she's not being a good employee, and so on. Allison finds herself coping with the overwhelming business of getting through the day by taking a pill once or twice a day. As the pill dissolves Allison feels some of her anxiety slipping away as well. As Allison continues to add things to her to-do list she finds herself taking more and more pills just to get through a few hours, a few days. As her addiction rapidly spirals out of control Allison finds herself on the brink of losing everything that she holds dear and she must decide what lengths that she will go to in order to get well again.

All Fall Down was everything that I have come to expect from Jennifer Weiner. It was gripping and thought-provoking and it was a reflection of everything that goes on in society today. Weiner exposed a different side of addiction within these pages. We often view addiction in a "Breaking Bad' style- that drug addictions aren't something that affects the middle class, the moms with jobs and husbands and two-point-two children, but only affects scary looking people in seedy motels and out on the streets. These days addictions are becoming more prevalent, and All Fall Down is an incredibly timely story. For someone who doesn't have a drug addiction of her own, Weiner really takes us inside of Allison's head.
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By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 16 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
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Once I started this book, I literally had to stay with it. I could not put it aside. The Rolling Stones' 1966 hit "Mother's Little Helper" is definitely the soundtrack of this book! No contest.

Allison, 40 is a drug addict. She has been taking prescription pills since 2008 following the birth of her daughter, Eloise, 5. Little things send her running to the shelter of her mother's little helper. Allison glosses over her dependence on medication. It was not until she takes her daughter in for her 5-year wellness examination that she takes a quiz in a magazine and realizes that she has been relying TOO much on those pills. Ellie herself is not without her problems. At 5, she is plainly PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified). While she does not show overtly autistic behaviors, she is highly charged and finds noises amplified and screams blue murder when she has her hair done. I love the way the author described Ellie as approaching the prospect of hair grooming with the anticipation of a death row march. Her words? "STOBBIT! [sic] YOU ARE MURDERING ME WITH THE COMB!" That gave me a bit of a giggle - at that age, I was not above hiding combs to dodge the comb bullet.

Ellie's PDD-NOS was glaringly apparent even during her early infancy. Even the close proximity of a playground caused her acute auditory pain; so did the sound of telephones ringing and street noises. However, she does manage to stay enrolled in the snobbish Stonefield school and has some friends there.

*Note: The car Allison initially references having is a Honda. Later in the book, it is twice referred to as a Prius and a Prius is a Toyota.

There were times when I questioned Allison's judgment. Why would a 5-year-old need a queen sized bed?
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