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All Fall Down | [Jennifer Weiner]

All Fall Down

Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, aging parents, a demanding daughter, and a marriage. But when the website she develops takes off, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. Her husband’s becoming distant, her daughter’s acting spoiled, her father is dealing with early Alzheimer’s, and her mother’s barely dealing at all.
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Publisher's Summary

Allison Weiss has a great job…a handsome husband…an adorable daughter…and a secret.

Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, aging parents, a demanding daughter, and a marriage. But when the website she develops takes off, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. Her husband’s becoming distant, her daughter’s acting spoiled, her father is dealing with early Alzheimer’s, and her mother’s barely dealing at all.

As she struggles to hold her home and work life together, and meet all of the needs of the people around her, Allison finds that the painkillers she was prescribed for a back injury help her deal with more than just physical discomfort - they help her feel calm and get her through her increasingly hectic days. Sure, she worries a bit that the bottles seem to empty a bit faster each week, but it’s not like she’s some Hollywood starlet partying all night, or a homeless person who’s lost everything. It’s not as if she has an actual problem.

However, when Allison’s use gets to the point that she can no longer control - or hide - it, she ends up in a world she never thought she’d experience outside of a movie theater: rehab. Amid the teenage heroin addicts, the alcoholic grandmothers, the barely-trained "recovery coaches", and the counselors who seem to believe that one mode of recovery fits all, Allison struggles to get her life back on track, even as she’s convincing herself that she’s not as bad off as the women around her.

With a sparkling comedic touch and tender, true-to-life characterizations, All Fall Down is a tale of empowerment and redemption and Jennifer Weiner’s richest, most absorbing and timely story yet.

©2014 Jennifer Weiner (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Michelle SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 07-07-14
    Michelle SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2011

    I have a CRAZY commute... Audiobooks help keep me sane. I love fiction with story lines that I can imagine happening today.

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    "Love Jennifer Weiner!"
    Would you listen to All Fall Down again? Why?

    Jennifer Weiner writes with such a great comedic voice, you cannot help to be drawn in. This story line is a much more serious than her other books, but still delivered with that unfailing humor.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Suzette P. Ferreira California 08-26-14
    Suzette P. Ferreira California 08-26-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Jennifer Weiner's very best"

    I'm still thinking about this audiobook even though I finished it a few weeks ago. The story itself caught me off guard with the twist at the beginning, and had me gripped from then on. An excellent story, hit VERY close to home, and personally, I'm very glad Ms. Weiner wrote it. She's one of my very favorite authors, and this is her very best.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly BURLESON, TX, United States 08-11-14
    Kelly BURLESON, TX, United States 08-11-14
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    "Entertaining story, well-written as always"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I love all Jennifer Weiner books. I enjoyed this one about prescription drug abuse, and all that is involved with recovery. It did get slow at times, during the rehab part, but overall, a great read. I did feel that the writing for the 6 year old daughter was poorly done. The six year old spoke more like a 3-4 year old.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All Fall Down?

    I liked that we got a realistic view of drug abuse from the addict's view.


    What three words best describe Tracee Chimo’s voice?

    Annoying at times


    Any additional comments?

    The voice that the narrator used for the daughter was EXTREMELY annoying. I wish she had used a normal voice. I also hated that she said "withdraRal" instead of "Withdrawal". The emphasis on the "R" was super annoying.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki 08-11-14
    Vicki 08-11-14
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    "Not what I expected"

    I have enjoyed other books by this author in the past. I expected lighter reading but this story was serious and a little disturbing as addiction is a disturbing topic. I thought that the author did a superb job in telling the story from the addicted person's point of view and describing how one can quickly spiral out of control, use medication as a means to manage unresolved emotional issues, and fall into the web of denial. I rated the story lower, not because it was not an important topic or well written, but because it was not what I expected from the author or the brief description of the plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen McCarron 07-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "too self consuming"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Im not sure if that's possible; maybe I just don't like listening to how people become junkies.


    What could Jennifer Weiner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have written more on the spouse.


    What character would you cut from All Fall Down?

    I actually enjoyed all the characters in the rehab. The daughter was annoying, but I'm thinking that was purposeful given her situation. I don't know who I would cut.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 06-23-14
    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 06-23-14 Member Since 2014

    Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.

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    "The beginning leads one to expect a bit more"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did listen to the entire book as I have long been a fan of Jennifer Weiner. The reader was very good. That said, I felt that the last 1/3 of the book became just a tad predictable and not so interesting. The major issues of sexism, class divisiveness, etc. bode well, but then something happened. I also felt the husband was not portrayed as fully as he could have been. He wasn't developed enough as a character - or, perhaps this was the point.


    Would you recommend All Fall Down to your friends? Why or why not?

    I do not have any friends that would read this book as they tend to not read what the media continues to call "chick lit." While I do not agree with this labeling, I do understand their point. In Ms. Weiner's earlier books, the sharp humor and fast pace was very different from this book. I kept wanting a bit more and more descriptive prose.


    Which character – as performed by Tracee Chimo – was your favorite?

    I think the daughter, actually.


    Any additional comments?

    I was unhappy that I felt let down. I was sad that I felt compelled to read to the end because I had such high hopes for this book. I don't know what happened, but somehow the core got tangled. The overly long descriptions of the rehab place became tedious and repetitive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JENNY MCWHORTER 07-02-15
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    "Best narrator ever"

    Best narrator ever. Really great book. Honest and funny. Best narrator ever. Really great book. Honest and funny.

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    Jessica 06-17-15
    Jessica 06-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Annoying"

    Story line was never completely believable. Main character was always falling apart and needing pills, but then seemed to get so much accomplished. Yet slept all the time too. But made lots of money on the sly to buy the pills. Wore athletic clothes, married to athletic husband but spoke of being overweight. And then 10 days in rehab made her suddenly skinny. Often spoke of needing to take care of her ailing dad, but spent no time doing it. Spoke of her mom being incompetent, but then she stepped in took care of her daughter so effortlessly. And if I had a 5 yo daughter that sounded as whiny and baby-like as hers I might become addicted to pills too. I wouldn't bother with this book.

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    Erica 06-13-15
    Erica 06-13-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Didn't relate"

    I have read Ll JW's books this one didn't resonate with me like the others did...

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    Amazon Customer 05-13-15

    Used to read a ton... as life got busier, didn't have the time... Discovered Audible and LOVE IT! 51 year old professional female.

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    "This could happen to any of us..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of All Fall Down to be better than the print version?

    I find the audio editions easier to fit into my busy schedule. I particularly enjoy them at bedtime and while driving.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All Fall Down?

    When she drove her young child while she was impaired.


    Which character – as performed by Tracee Chimo – was your favorite?

    The female lead character was my favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I really don't want to listen to any books all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    My attention was caught by the reality of the situation. By the fact that this could easily happen to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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