Book Review: All Fall Down

What says:

Allison Weiss got her happy endinga handsome husband, an adorable daughter, a job she loves, and a big house in the suburbs. But while waiting in the pediatrician’s office, she opens a magazine to a quiz about addiction and starts to wonder…Is a Percocet at the end of the day really different from a glass of wine? Is it such a bad thing to pop a Vicodin after a brutal Jump & Pump class…or if your husband ignores you?

The pills help her manage the realities of her good-looking life: that her husband is distant, that her daughter is acting out, that her father’s Alzheimer’s is worsening and her mother is barely managing to cope. She tells herself that they let her make it through her days…but what if her increasing drug use, a habit that’s becoming expensive and hard to hide, is turning into her biggest problem of all?

With a sparkling comedic touch and a cast of unforgettable characters, this remarkable story of a woman’s slide into addiction and struggle to find her way back up again is Jennifer Weiner’s most masterful work yet.


What I say: This was a great but hard book to read. Allison the main character is a full-fledged pill junkie and it was hard to witness her confusion & downward spiral. The way she would talk herself into things was maddening but worth witnessing. It was great to see behind the lens of someone that truly suffers from the disease of addiction. I believe I’ve gained a new perspective, new empathy, and knowledge of what goes through someone’s head that is struggling. I truly felt for the husband having lived with someone who struggled with addiction I know the impact it has on a significant other. The book isn’t all doom and gloom and I love the realistic hope it also brought. Definitely a recommended summer read.

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