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
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.
I liked that we got a realistic view of drug abuse from the addict's view.
Annoying at times
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.
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.
I have a CRAZY commute... Audiobooks help keep me sane. I love fiction with story lines that I can imagine happening today.
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.
I do like Jennifer Weiner, though, if you read too many too close together, they all have that same theme. Still, this was an interesting look at addiction from the addict's point of view. Having experienced family members with addiction, it did soften my heart a little to see this POV. Narrating was great, no issues, spot on!
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.
Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.
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.
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.
I think the daughter, actually.
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.
I really liked this book because I could relate to the things she endured as a working mother with an extremely sensitive child. I felt validated by her authentic description of the stress you have every single day. I would recommend the book to anyone who's ever had a child and was married to someone who didn't think they needed to help you.
I am still listening to this but it is never ending whining from the main character to the child and on. I am about the middle of the book now and just don't think that I can continue. It is just so slow and the same over and over. Haven't even got to where she gets into treatment. But I think I have to stop listening. I just can't get into it.
This was such an eye opening book. I never really thought how someone could start abusing drugs...but it can start simply & before you realize you've spun out of control. It could happen to anyone I think.
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