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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 daug...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Atria Books (first published June 1st 2014)
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Patrice Hoffman
It's been quite a while since I read and enjoyed my first Jennifer Weiner book Good in Bed. Weiner has definitely carved out her own space in the "chick-lit" genre that she is probably for many readers, a go-to when they're in need of a book focused primarily on women's issues laced with a little bit of humor. All Fall Down Weiner's latest follows that same formula that has made her so popular and loved by many.

Allison Weiss seemingly lives the life anyone would want. A lovely home, a handsome h...more
Alexandra
I was really excited to read this book, I love Jennifer Weiner and I have struggled with painkiller addiction so I was all set to love it, I didn't at all.

Allison is a late 30 something mom, blogger, wife etc with the whole world on her shoulders ( in her opinion ) and to make it through each day she takes painkillers to get by. Going from 5 to 10 to 20 etc. I could relate to that, the warm fuzzy feelings, the panic when u reach the end of your supply, lying, etc on and on. She finds herself in...more
Stephanie
I've been reading Jennifer Weiner novels since 2006. That's when I first discovered "chick lit". My father had just died, and I was trying to read The Brothers Karamazov, and my brain just couldn't concentrate on Dostoyevsky, but I needed to somehow tune out and find protection from my thoughts during the night (which was the worst). So I went to Barnes and Noble, and picked up Good In Bed.

Once I got over my grief, I stopped reading chick lit, and went back to other books. But then when I moved...more
Joni Daniels
I used to love reading Jennifer Weiner books. They were clever, smart, with well developed characters in a well paced story. I keep waiting for THAT author to return. Still a terrific writer, the main character is the same person we've seen before: smug, white, jewish (ish - all the culture with none of the religion) upper class, condescending, spoiled, whiney, smart, snobby and self-absorbed. She doesn't really have a good relationship with her family, her friends or her husband - though it is...more
Joy Matteson
If you've read Jennifer Weiner's books before, expecting hilarious, witty, easy-breezy reading, then this book will be a surprise. Although still trademarked with her sly wit, reading a novel about an upper class woman spiraling into drug addiction is not for the faint of heart. And in many other authors hands, this kind of subject matter easily could become preachy or heavy handed, and it truly is neither. Allison Weiss has a pretty darn good life--a beautiful (but high maintenance) 5 year old...more
Terri
review also found at http://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/

4.5 stars

I won an advanced copy of this book via Goodreads first reads in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is June 17 2014.

I have not read any of Jennifer Weiner's other books however I had certainly heard of her and I have been curious for some time. I was overjoyed when the opportunity arose to read her latest work. I have to say it was truly worth the wait.

While an easy read in style it is not an easy read in...more
Catherine McKenzie
A fairly unflinching look at one women's descent into pill addiction. A more serious turn for Weiner this time, but the subject matter demanded it.
Brenda
Allison Weiss felt under increasing pressure – as well as trying to run a blogging business from home, she had the worry of her father who had just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and her mother wasn’t coping at all; her beautiful six year old daughter Ellie was high maintenance plus she couldn’t help but feel everything wasn’t quite right between her husband, Dave and herself. When she was prescribed a pain killing drug to counteract the gym injury to her back, the relief she felt was e...more
Vickie
The reason I gave this novel only two stars was not because of the heavier story line or the way Jennifer Weiner touched on some grittier topics, such as addiction, marriage conflict and aging parents. No one would argue this book delves a bit deeper that the usual summer easy read concept that she has tried to toy with and fight against equally in the past. However I found this particular book very hard to keep my interest.

The writing style is more long winded paragraphs of inner dialogue and...more
Nicole
Jun 17, 2014 Nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.

Allison is a mommy, a wife, a blogger, a dutiful daughter, a helpful friend, and because life is stressful, she sometimes needs help to get through the day. Allison’s help of choice is prescription medication in the form of opiates (Vicodin, OxyCotin and more). Soon, those doctor-prescribed pills are purchased online, from China, with BitCoin-like funds.
When Allison starts to realize she may have a problem, that...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

"The day had stretched endlessly before me - weepy daughter, angry husband, piles of laundry, messy bedroom, a blog post to write, and probably dozens of angry commenters lined up to tell me I was a no-talent hack and a fat, stupid whore. I need this, I thought, letting the bitterness dissolve on my tongue."

Allison Weiss is a busy working wife and mother who finds that the painkillers she was prescribed for an injury helps relieve some of the stress that threatens to overwhelm her daily. With a...more
Beverly
Addiction and recovery stories are well covered in novels, memoirs, and movies. Jennifer Weiner has nothing to add here except a clichéd and shallow version of addiction among the middle classes. The characters, including the narrator, are all superficial. I think Jennifer is trying to show that addiction can destroy middle class people as well as crack whores, but she does it in a boring, women's fiction way, never resonating beyond the immediate needs and emotions of the heroine and her circle...more
Judy Collins
Having read ALL of Jennifer Weiner’s books, (she never ceases to amaze me). The Queen of chick-lit, drama, relationships, sex, dating, trends, and marriage—any issue involving a woman—pulling out "all the stops" with her humor, wit, even cynical at times—for "in your face" truths. When she speaks, women listen.

ALL FALL DOWN, is a grown up novel, advancing past the days of dating and guys—now her character, Allison is facing the real truths of life—marriage, motherhood, career and addiction.

How...more
Jennie - Daystarz Books
I have read only one book by Jennifer Weiner before and had put her on my 'read more by this author' list, so I was quite excited to receive a copy of All Fall Down.

The story starts with Allison who is a busy wife, mum and successful blogger. Her marriage is strained and her fathers health is deteriorating. Her daughter Ellie is hyper ' sensitive'. The pressures of life are mounting and Allison is finding it hard to get through a day without dropping increasingly more Vicodin, Percocet or Oxys....more
Janet Barclay
I was thrilled to receive a copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway, especially because Jennifer Weiner is an author who has often showed up as someone whose books I might enjoy.

In the opening chapter, instead of being told about Allison, the main character, we are introduced to her by reading her thoughts as she completes a magazine quiz about addiction in the doctor's waiting room.

The author addresses the issue of addiction in a way that is both realistic and entertaining....more
Gwen
Jul 01, 2014 Gwen rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: novels
I love Jennifer Weiner and I was looking forward to this novel. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

I did not connect to the characters in this book.

The main character Allison's progress was vanilla. I thought she got off a little too easy. The husband seemed like a total dud. Some good looking guy who just didn't seem to do much. The author kept mentioning how good looking he was...so I thought I would too.

I liked the daughter Ellie the most. She seemed annoying in the beginning, but grew as th...more
Bella
Happily ever after....doesn't seem so happy anymore.

Allison has the picture perfect life. But underneath the surface, she is struggling.

Being a mom is stressful.

Being a wife is stressful.

Work is stressful.

And the prescription pain killers help her ... cope. What's the big deal? But the big deal is that she realizes she has a problem.

Jennifer Weiner definitely writes about real life problems.

I loved that the characters were flawed and real.

But, I had a difficult time getting through this...more
Ruth
I have read many books by Weiner so I expected a fluff, funny, beach read. It was not what I got. This novel follows Allison who is a blogger about women/mothers, wife, mother to a five year old, and daughter to a distant mother and a father who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. She throws out her back and gets Percocet to help deal with the pain and discovers that it deals with emotional as well as physical pain. As time passes, she finds that she needs more and more pills to maintain her ab...more
Rosanna
This was a pretty easy read and I like the topic. Allison Weiss is a wife, mother, daughter, blogger, and leads a very busy life. After a back injury, when she is prescribed painkillers, she discovers that she likes the way the medication makes her feel. She finds she can cope better and get things done. Unfortunately, from there, things spiral downward.

While there are certain aspects of Allison's life that I could relate to, I also felt she wasn't dealing with issues that were causing stress. W...more
Tina
I have read all of Weiner's books and frankly, I was getting upset at the direction her books were taking - another author who has "jumped off" the chick lit boat.

I take it all back after reading All Fall Down. Wow! this book is touching and left me with such a strong impression. I knew I would love it from the very first words ....and I knew that I loved the plot of this one - addiction and what it can do to a "normal" woman who has a life that is simply overwhelming her.

Written with tenderness...more
Rosee
Allison Weiss has a perfect life – the husband, child and house that other women drool over. One day as she waits for her daughter during a routine trip to the pediatrician, she reads a magazine article about women’s addictions and begins to wonder if she might have a problem. Yes, she takes a percocet after a hard day, a vicodin after a painful exercise class, no big deal. Other women have a drink to wind down, is what she does so different? Allison begins to think about the reasons she needs t...more
Jennifer
Meh. The first third of this book was good. Great, scathing commentary on the middle class, do it all, American delusion. This part of the book explored how hard it is to be a working mother. I immediately hated the husband character, and kept wondering why the protagonist, Allison, did not do more to encourage his participation in their lives. Allison then descends into addiction, as a way to fill that gaping hole, and to avoid her own feelings.

My problem is with the last two thirds of the boo...more
Andrea
Allison is a 30 something wife and mother of small child. Her dad is suffering from dementia and her mom is not capable of doing much for herself. Her husband is indifferent, her kid is difficult, but she finds she can take the edge off and take care of everyone if she takes a little pill. Her use of opiates starts off innocently enough, but slowly she becomes desperate to get her hands on more and more pills, while keeping her secret from her friends and family.

As someone with a family member...more
Gillian Hollett
When you can see a part of yourself or a loved one in a character of a book without any stretch of the imagination, you know the author knows how to write well. While of course not every facet of any character will apply to any one person, sometimes they just seem so real— a piece of somebody that calls out for a pause, one long enough to consider more deeply your own life or that of the person who seems to have fallen into the pages.

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner is the heartbreaking story o...more
Luanne Ollivier
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,...more
Maranda Carvell
I didn't love this as much as her other books and the story is definitely different, however it's still very captivating. I love her mix of serious and light hearted, and her way of crafting characters that feel REAL. Even though the second half of the story was less than compelling I still found i couldn't put it down, I was so connected to the character. Definitely a decent summer read.
Elaine Gall
A few years ago I read and enjoyed Good in Bed, but this is my first Jennifer Weiner read since, and it is one that I really enjoyed even though it is a book tackling much more serious issues. It is definitely not a chick lit read.

From the outside, Allison appears to have it all, a gorgeous husband Dave, both have good jobs and are comfortably off, beautiful home and a cute as a button daughter Ellie. Scratch below the surface, however, and you find that Allison is struggling trying keep all her...more
Becky
Wow. So different from the other books of Weiner's I've read! Not different in a bad way, either.

Overview: Allison is a very successful blogger, mother of one, living out in the suburbs with her journalist husband. Allison accidentally ended up making more money than her husband, which has put them in a tense spot, and she's consumed with stress over her writing, her child (who the book describes as "sensitive" but I would describe as bratty), her Dad's recent diagnosis of Alzheimer's, and the...more
Jennifer Sulc
All Fall Down has its page-turning moments, yet the word I'd use to describe it is inconsistent.
In the first part of the book, my reaction to the numerous depictions of Allison's "crunching bitter pills" was the same as my reaction to the excessive use of the word crap in Fifty Shades of Gray: Why??? It shouldn't take 150 pages (i read on my Nook) to show protagonist Allison's decline as she pops more and more pills. The best parts of this novel occur when Allie is in rehab and trying to make s...more
Ronya Misleh
The cover photo makes no sense. I had no sympathy for the main character. The daughter was a brat. Too many unresolved mini storylines. And unless you are a music/Broadway aficionado, the whole chapter about preparing for the talent show was annoying. There will never be another Good in Bed and I just have to stop believing she has it in her to write one.
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and The Next Best Thing. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.
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