July 8, 2014

All Fall Down

"A couple of Vicodin and I could function just fine." ~ pg. 17

We have all heard the persuasive prescription pills commercials that list symptoms we swear we have. We find ourselves nodding yes to all of the questions. Then ignore the rambling of side effects, self-diagnosing ourselves and convinced we have an issue all because of this late-night commercial. When Allison Weiss takes a magazine quiz while waiting in the pediatrician's office, she wonders whether she is addicted to prescription pills. Is popping a Percocet or Vicodin so wrong if the doctor prescribed it? If it helps sooth after a long day? If a pill temporarily lets you escape a distant husband, a daughter who is acting out, a father with early Alzheimer's and a barely-coping mother? Hmmm. 

All Fall Down is about a woman's struggle with addiction, acceptance and rehab. It has tender moments that made me want to reach out and hug Allison. There are also comedic moments where I couldn't help but laugh. I may joke around and call Nurse Jackie my "pill-popping soulmate" but Allison is a character that earned a spot in my head too. All Fall Down was more than just another fiction book. It was a look down the rabbit hole of someone else's eyes.

I have read all of Jennifer Weiner's books. Some are better than others, but all are worth reading. There is a reason she is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of ten novels. The topics are realistic, modern and mature. All Fall Down fits right in with the rest of your work and is worth reading. Be sure to follow Jennifer Weiner on Twitter as well. She is one of my favorite author tweeters. She has a sense of humor, offers good writing advice, watches reality TV right along with us, and still finds time to pen novels for readers and chick-lit lovers to enjoy. Bookhearts, I recommend this triumphant story. All Fall Down was recently published on June 17. Order your copy!

DISCLAIMER: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Title: All Fall Down
Author: Jennifer Weiner
Published: June 2014
Pages: 314
Edition: Galley
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥


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