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All Fall Down

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  43,627 ratings  ·  3,807 reviews
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner

Allison Weiss got her happy ending—a handsome husband, adorable daughter, a job she loves, and the 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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published 2014 by Atria Books
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Jun 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Joni Daniels
Jun 21, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book didn't live up to other books of Weiner's that I've read. I was so irritated with the main character and wanted to jump in the book and slap her. This book wasn't horrible but not my favorite from Jennifer. ...more
Patrice Hoffman
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
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
Jun 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
I've read just about every Jennifer Weiner book, and while I have great fondness for Good in Bed and Certain Girls and I do think Jennifer Weiner is probably a really fabulous person, I just can't say I'm an actual fan of her books. They're a little like grocery store birthday cake to me: sounds like a good idea and I have positive memories and associations, but when it gets down to it I just feel barfy after I partake. Maybe I'll skip the next go round and hold off for a higher quality piece of ...more
“When you can stop you don't want to, and when you want to stop, you can't...”

Jennifer Weiner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, pens her new novel, called All Fall Down which is about a woman's fight over addiction.


Allison Weiss got her happy ending: a handsome husband, an adorable daughter, a job she loves, and the 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
Carmen Blankenship
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of Jennifer Weiner's best books to date. It is a departure from the Rom-Com books she is known for and writes so well. This book deals with the serious and very prevalent problem of pill popping among the middle class women in today's society. I devoured every word. I looked for any embellishments or untruths. I consider myself a sort of expert in the subject because I went down this road. It all starts with an extra boost of energy and euphoria, allowing you to be super Mom. But it is a ver ...more
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Not Jennifer Weiner's worst novel but certainly not her best either. I had mixed feelings about Allison's addiction to prescription pills. She's a difficult protagonist to root for. She's extremely unlikable, resentful, self-centered, and a huge complainer. But then again, Allison's husband is no bed of roses either (very condescending and dismissive). The writing is solid, but the ending was kind of abrupt. Instead of feeling hopeful of Allison's sobriety, I just felt empty and depressed. *sigh ...more
jv poore
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
ALL FALL DOWN is engrossing, eloquent & witty, packing a particularly powerful punch for anyone who is, or has ever been, a Stay At Home Parent.
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chick-Lit Fans
Hmmmm....this one just did not resonate with me at all. Whilst the synopsis of this book drew me to it, it seems the execution of it is lacking somewhat.

Allison Weiss is struggling in her busy life, she has a young precocious daughter classified as "highly sensitive", a marriage that is showing more cracks than it should, aging parents battling illness and a busy website and blog that puts pressure on her.

The solution for Allison? Pills, lots of them. Prescription pills. Vicodin, Oxycontin etc.
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: women-s-fiction
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
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book, although I found there was a little too much moralising. I listened to the audio version of this book and the reader was so outstanding that I rated it 4 stars because of the reader's performance. I think if I had read the book, i would have rated it 3 stars. ...more
Catherine McKenzie
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book is about addiction, pills, and the suburban mom. I didn’t realize what this book was about before I started reading it, I just saw the authors name and went bananas because I have read all of her books and have liked mostly all of them. However, this book, was a HUGE letdown for me. I do have a lot to say about it, it really hit home for me.

Brief background of me: 3 years ago I was married for a year, almost 2 years to a guy who was what we call a “pillhead” he kept it secret pretty m
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I came across this book in a second hand shop. It’s not my usual type of read but I enjoyed it. It reminded me of the tv series Nurse Jackie.

Allison, poster girl for people in glasshouses should not throw stones, could sometimes be a bit superior. She is an addict but doesn’t realise it. She’s doing her best to keep her family afloat whilst popping pills to keep her sanity together. Her dad has Alzheimer’s, her hunk of a husband is emotionally distant, and her daughter is an insufferable brat.

All Fall Down is a standalone novel from author Jennifer Weiner. This is the first novel I have read by Ms. Weiner and I loved it! This is such an important story. It is a story about the process of addiction. All Fall Down shows how addiction can affect anyone; it is not limited to the media-portrayed stereotypes. The main character, Allison is a woman who can do it all! She can juggle marriage, motherhood, aging parents, a rapidly successful career, and high-class suburban social expectations- ...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
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm actually pretty disappointed with Jennifer Weiner's latest offerings. I absolutely adored Good in Bed and immediately read everything else by her I could get my hands on. However, The Next Best Thing left me cold...and then there was All Fall Down.

I'll probably get pretty spoiler-y here, so read at your own risk.

The topic area of AFD is really interesting, and really important, I think. The fact that prescription drug abuse is skyrocketing is no secret, and there should be more awareness tha
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
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
First book I have read by this author and I liked it quite a bit. The story of a young wife and Mother named Allison who has always been a "good girl" - not a party girl, did well in college, graduated, gets a good job, gets married, has a daughter. Then one day she hurts her back at the gym and her doctor gives her a script for Vicodin and the downward spiral begins....over the next two years Allison slowly becomes more addicted to the Vicodin and then eventually moves on to Oxycontin and buyin ...more
Judy D 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.

Chapter 8; Ok, I'm done.

I wanted to love reading my first Jennifer Weiner book. I've heard that they were "clever", "smart", with "well developed characters in a well paced story". I keep waiting for THAT author, and I feel to no avail, now. The main character is the same person we've seen before in other novels: smug, white, jewish (ish - all the culture with none of the religion) upper class, condescending, smart, snobby and self-absorbed. She doesn't really have a good relationship with her f
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the outside, Allison Weiss's world looks perfect. She and her husband Dave live in an upscale suburb near Philadelphia with their six-year-old daughter Ellie, and both have interesting work. His, at The Examiner, and hers as a popular blogger whose posts about family, relationships, and sexual issues bring numerous hits...and money. Nowadays, Allison's job brings in more money than Dave's.

But Allison finds it more and more difficult to manage her life, and Ellie's behavior is increasingly f
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seventeen books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and, most recently, Mrs. Everything. Her new novel, Big Summer, is out now. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at

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