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We All Fall Down

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  1,745 ratings  ·  144 reviews
They entered the house at 9:02 P.M. and trashed their way through the Cape Cod cottage. At 9:46 P.M. Karen Jerome made the mistake of arriving home early. Thrown down the basement stairs, Karen slips into a coma. The trashers slip away.

But The Avenger has seen it all.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 1st 1993 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1991)
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There's really no book I love more than We All Fall Down. I first read it almost ten years ago, I still keep my copy in my sock drawer and read it probably once a year. Robert Cormier's well known for his dark, depressing writing and unflinching look at everything wrong with human nature, but this book just affected me in a way his more well-known works, The Chocolate War and I am the Cheese, haven't, it's raw, intense, incredibly tragic.

From the first paragraph, Cormier creates a world that's b
Gonna kill someone if this upsets me >:(

Friggin hell! What. A. Book ...
I can't wrap my thoughts at the moment. I want to scream, yell, cry, hurt someone (yes. You know who you are). I'm angry, sad, mad, furious, frustrated.

This book takes at least 10 years of my life


From the very start, right from the first lines, Cormier sets the tone for this book. And I just knew this book would upset me. And man, was I right! After I finished it, I wanted to scream cause I was frustrated an
This is a frequently challenged book (like most of Cormier's books) about a group of teenagers who break into a house, vandalize it, and assault the young teenage girl who makes the mistake of coming home early. The violence is ugly, brutal and exceedingly real. The book unflinchingly depicts it and then moves beyond it to address the consequences of this violence for everyone concerned.

Cormier deals with dark subjects in a complex and mature way. So many books for young adults romanticize viole
The audience is the most perplexing element of this book which though marketed to YA seems more to tempt that audience with promised (and delivered) violence while also speaking to an adult audience with another voice entirely.

A Clockwork Orange meets Judy Blume with not the most appealing, or writerly, depictions of violence, violation, and threat. Ultimately describes the inability of parents (or anyone) to really know the minds or lives of the generations either side if them.
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Robert Cormier is no stranger to challenging themes. His books are typically works of creeping menace, with something truly awful and desultory always waiting to make an appearance, with characters whose very humanity predisposes them to choices and decisions that on a moral level feelsso dramatically wrong to the reader, but yet so utterly realistic at the same time. In previous work such as The Chocolate War, Cormier explores the d
Zach Grubbs
This book was okay. My favorite character was the avenger because I thought that he was kind of funny. It was kind of obvious that Mickey Rooney was the avenger because he was the only one in the book that could have been the avenger. So overall it was an okay book.

yes i liked the book it keep me on the edge of my seat keep making me turn the pages i like the twist in the books. the avenger was may favorite character i liked it when he turned out to be a full growing adult and how the book took us back almost 30 years and made it seem like it was present day and how he could get away with what he did. the theme that was keep consent was the whole vandalism theme the forced it into the book and made it stick their but not to keep it to over whelming.this bo ...more
Kathy Hiester
We All Fall Down is a frequently challenged book about a group of teenagers who break into a house, vandalize it, and physically attack the young teenage girl walks in on the criminal activity. The violence is horrible, vicious and very real. The book courageously depicts the violent behavior and then moves beyond it to tackle the consequences of this brutality for everyone concerned. The author deals with dark subjects in a multifaceted and adult way without going to far into the adult realm. S ...more

On the other hand, I had an interesting theory while reading once I had figured out who the avenger was (before I got to the big reveal and whole explanation)

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I had to read this book for a high school english class and I loved it. Alot of the characters in this book are really relatable and the plot of this book is bulletproof. My favorite character in the book would probibly have to be Buddy because I can relate to him the most (other than the fact that I'm not an alcoholic and I havent ever trashed a house.) Speaking of which; that's one of the themes in the book: teen alcoholism. I personally think that this book should be taught in all public high ...more
(C) Archer at KIPP
Feb 21, 2008 (C) Archer at KIPP rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a good mystery/thriller.
Recommended to (C) Archer by: Victoria Perez
Shelves: girls-have-read
I loved this book. Its a real tear-jerker. I couldn't wait to get to the end and when I did I was surprised at what happened. Of course, to find out you'll have to read it. :)
At 9:02 pm, four teenagers trash through a cottage on the other side of town. Being drunk they didn't fully understand what they were doing until after they had pissed on the walls, vommitted on the floor, broken everything in the house (except the windows), and raped Karen Jerome. They push her down a flight of stairs wh
Silvia rodriguez
I think this was a good book, but it was a little bit confusing, because it jumped to different scenes and time period. My favorite character was buddy because he was bad at first when he did the trashing, then he felt bad and found his love of his love jane and became a better person for her.the theme of the story is to not let yourself get into problams because of drinking,because someone is always going to get the truth out of you sooner or later. i think this book should be tought in highsch ...more
I loved this book! I thought it was absolutely amazing, at least until the end. I know the book was focused on being realistic and unidealistic but i would like to beleive that Jane would have Stayed with Buddy. But I understand why for her that would have been to hard, if the love they felt was real then it should have been able to overcome that. Honestly, the ending made me hate most of the Characters. I do beleive this should continue to be read in Highschool because it does its job of showin ...more
This was a quick, fun read. The beginning was great, the conclusion, not so much.
Mar 03, 2008 rytr_1 rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
I was quite impressed with We All Fall Down. Cormier takes the reader into the worlds of the main characters and makes them sympathetic even while not always condoning their actions. Their hopes, desires, fears are realistically depicted. For me the scenes centered around the Avenger do not always quite work (which takes We All Fall Down out of the league of The Chocolate War), but that is really my only complaint about this book. I especially admire the final scene for its tying together of the ...more
Danny P
I liked this book because I was always on the edge of my seat and it was well written. My favorite character was Buddy because he messed up and treys to change his was and do the right thing. If you mess up don't beat yourself down over it, try to overcome your problems and tell the truth. Yes it should be thought in public schools because it teaches USA good lesson on how to be ourself and how to be honest. I would recommend this book to my friends because I don't like reading but I really like ...more
I liked this book because there was always something happening in the book to keep you interested. My favorite character was buddy because he was the main character and even though he acted like a bad kid you could tell he was a good kid at heart. One theme i noticed in the book was that you should never lie because buddy lied and that didn't do anything good for him. I think this book should be taught in public high schools just because its a really good interesting book and i would recommend t ...more
Skylar Holmes
I thought this was a great book. It has all the weird twists and turns that you don't expect a book to contain. I believe that this book should be taught at a high school level because it shows how some people are in this world and that everyone has things in there life that you'd never expect until you get to know them more.I would recommend this book to friends knowing that they would be hooked like I was. When rereading some parts of the book you start to get a better understanding of the tru ...more
This book is a twisted, pathetic and realistic book. It also has a dark side. You can look at different ways to this book, but imagine what happened in the book. Imagine that one day you come home and you see your whole house is destroyed. You see the four criminals and then they attack you. The criminals throw you down of the stairs and then you end up in coma. This would be terrible and this is what happened to Karen. After this incident the story became complicated, because the book breaks in ...more
This book is a twisted, pathetic and realistic book. It also has a dark side. You can look at different ways to this book, but imagine what happened in the book. Imagine that one day you come home and you see your whole house is destroyed. You see the four criminals and then they attack you. The criminals throw you down of the stairs and then you end up in coma. This would be terrible and this is what happened to Karen. After this incident the story became complicated, because the book breaks in ...more
Alex Rodriguez
Mar 06, 2014 Alex Rodriguez marked it as to-read
I really liked this book, because it shows what really happens in life. This book is perfect for young or old people who like real life drama, things that show what can happen in life, things that can not be noticed that you think is good but really ain't. Honestly my favorite character was the Avenger. He was so mysterious, so unique that it was really unreal for him to be bad. What turned out to be thought as a good person really wasn't. He was just addicted to killing it seemed. Between drink ...more
I did like the book. I liked the book because it was interesting, and different from any other book I've read. Some books are motivated to make a happy ending to make the reader satisfied but this book was real and deep, and brought in attention, and expectancy in which some of the parts in the book crucifying and crazy but other parts making up for that. My favorite character in the story was Harry, even though he wasn't the good guy in the book and he made bad decisions, his sarcasm and how he ...more
Yager Bombers
Did I like this book? Why yes I did. In fact, it's probably the best school assigned book I've read. The reason why is because there's a lot of intense moments that get you drawn in the book you never know what happens next! My favorite character had to be buddy, he was sort of a soft spoken character but the book revolved a lot about him, he's sort of the anti hero but did more bad than good. I just found his character interesting with all the lying and drinking he was a bad character but you s ...more
Did i like the book? Yes i kinda liked the book. Why,because it had interesting plot's but then sorta started to get bored with it at parts to because it would slow down a bit but then it would pick the pace up again. My favorite character in the book We All Fall Down my favorite character would have to be Jane Jerome, because she is really into buddy, and she changed him a lot got him to stop drinking and stuff and brought out the good in buddy. Also to me Jane Jerome was in my eye's just a rel ...more
Maria M. Elmvang
Another of my favourite YA books about a family whose house was trashed by vandals. The oldest daughter of the family unknowingly starts dating one of the vandals. Looking back on it, I don't quite understand why. Oh, it's still good, no question about that, and stood the test of time pretty well, but it doesn't have a happy ending. And I was a sucker for happy endings back then, so I don't know why this one appealed to me so much. It was fun to reread it though.
I have never read a book like this before. I actually really liked We All Fall Down because, it was a very interesting book. I liked the way the story was told and the way they made it very blunt. I felt like I was actually in the book. My favorite character in this book would have to be Jane because the way she handles situations through out the book. I think the theme of this book was you don't know who you can really trust. Another theme I noticed was we all fall down some part of our life. L ...more
London Moore
As our class read this book, i was a bit loss but began to like and become more interested in learning more about the characters and what was going to happen next overall i thought this was a great book! My favorite character throughout the book would probably be Harry Flowers due to the fact he was the one who stirred the other characters up and had a major influence in this novel. One theme that stood out the most to me was you can never judge a book by its cover for example buddy lied to Jane ...more
Cass Duggan
It was alright because it was graphic & weird. I also don't like reading that much. My favorite charater was Addy because she gave Buddy the truth & only the truth. She's very honest.
Anthony Pierri
_We All Fall Down_ was promising at the outset - it began with the "trashing" of the home of a young girl Jane Jerome that left her sister in a coma. The lead "trasher" Harry Flowers is a devious mastermind with a penchant for escaping punishment. We read mysterious chapters about a boy who is the self proclaimed "Avenger" taking revenge into his own hands. To make matters even more interesting, the one trasher with a conscience -- Buddy Walker -- falls in love with Jane without her knowing abou ...more
when I decided to listen this book wasn't too bad. the killing and the lying was really the only reason I kept listening. the trashing at the beginning of the book helped keep the book open for anything making it easier to listen to. the avenger was my favorite character because he was really 50 somthing pretending to be 11years old murdering people. the last scene with the avenger kidnapping Jane and him committing suicide was cool and made me smile. a theme I noticed is to never give up hope. ...more
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Robert Edmund Cormier (January 17, 1925–November 2, 2000) was an American author, columnist and reporter, known for his deeply pessimistic, downbeat literature. His most popular works include I Am the Cheese, After the First Death, We All Fall Down and The Chocolate War, all of which have won awards. The Chocolate War was challenged in multiple libraries. His books often are concerned with themes ...more
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