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We All Fall Down

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,253 ratings  ·  194 reviews
Jane Jerome's house is trashed one evening while her family is out. The culprits are four middle-class kids from the next town--not a gang or hoods--out for action. The Avenger has seen it all and is determined to exact revenge. A superb thriller which explores the effects of random violence on a family and on one of the violators.
Hardcover, 193 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Random House Children's Books (first published 1991)
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John Culuris
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2

We All Fall Down marks only the second Young Adult book that I’ve ever read and the first I’ve read by choice. The first novel, not surprising, was by the same author, which I read more than a decade ago--maybe closer to two decades--when I was trapped some place (I don’t even remember where) and Fade was the only book available. I liked enough of what I read in the time available that I later found another copy and finished the book. I’d remembered Robert Cormier’s name and some year
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Mitch
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Melissa
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa by: Mitch
This book takes at least 10 years of my life

FULL REVIEW

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 and mad beyond words. Well, I guess I actually did scream. But the emotions that this book manages to raise, make it such an incredible and unforgettable journey and I'm sure this book will stick with me for a very long time. 

I c
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Sheila
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
I'm giving this three stars ("I liked the book"), but I'm not sure that's correct. Did I like it? Who knows. This review is vague to avoid spoilers.

I'd never read a Cormier book before, and wanted to remedy that (I'm a bit too old to have read him when I was in high school). I enjoyed the dark plot, and man was it dark--bleak, even. I had that feeling of dread when I was reading--I could tell things were going to end badly for the characters (there was not even a chance, due to their actions/sit
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Lynn
May 28, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read for Banned Books Week

I had to go to some effort to get a copy to read since my county library didn't have one. The book opens with a malicious home invasion and incidental attack of a teen. The rest of the story concerns several characters' reaction to that episode of violence, but throws in every bit of teen angst that Cormier could come up with as well.

I really didn't like this book at all. I finished it because I wanted to understand why it was so beloved by some readers. While the endi
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Matt
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

We All Fall down splits the point of view of three people, The Avenger, Jane, and Buddy. All of whom are going through a struggle, and it's not until later in the book for their paths to finally cross.

Jane Jerome, the sister of Kare
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Caitlin
Oct 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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
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Sofia
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. It had me hooked from the first page, and it just kept on being interesting and mysterious until the very end. The plot is so twisted, and I could not anticipate how it was going to end. I must say it broke my heart a little at the end, but it is a supergood book!!
Rick
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disturbing, thought-provoking, poignant, twisted, and surprising, a true literary gem. Never mind this being called "young adult." This is good stuff...for any age.
☯ DαякєηRнαℓ  ❛ ᶜʳᵒᵘᶜʰᶤᶰᵍ ʰᵘᵐᵃᶰ ; ʰᶤᵈᵈᵉᶰ ᵗᶤᵗᵃᶰ ❜
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror Buffs, People Looking for Something New
Recommended to ☯ DαякєηRнαℓ ❛ ᶜʳᵒᵘᶜʰᶤᶰᵍ ʰᵘᵐᵃᶰ ; ʰᶤᵈᵈᵉᶰ ᵗᶤᵗᵃᶰ ❜ by: Myself
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Chunkymonkeykh
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
(C) Archer at KIPP
Feb 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rachel Hill
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Not only is this my favorite Cormier book, it is my favorite book ever. I'm not a huge fan of all of Cormier's other books, but this one really sticks with you. I read it months ago and can still recall every painstaking detail. 'We All Fall Down" stays true to Cormier's writing style, which is a bit dark, but it doesn't cross any lines that it shouldn't be crossing. It's a book that reminds you that life is short, and it doesn't always have a happy ending. Rather than leaving you depressed, tho ...more
Kay
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Silvia rodriguez
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Natalie
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.
Jason Cook
Feb 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: 2008-reads
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
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kaylin
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Brian O'Leary
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book, it surprised me that I did, but one of the better YA books, not sure why it never gets any attention.
Miranda
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very dark. I enjoyed this story very much. About how decisions and life can absolutely haunt you and ruin the good things you have left in life. I definitely reccomend.

Made me feel every possible human emotion that there is.
Jessica Setefano
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
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Susan Mays
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cormier once again takes a theme and writes with such finesse that one simply cannot put the book down. The story is so heavy and your heart aches with the characters as you read each line.
Erika
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deeply disturbing from beginning to end.
Mckenzie
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty great book! Had no idea what was going to happen and was surprised at the end!
Trista
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
One night 15-year old Karen Jerome comes home early to find four men trashing her house. When the rest of the family returns home they find the house in ruins. Everything is destroyed: dishes have been smashed, furniture ripped apart, urine stains on the walls and vomit on the carpet. But worst of their discoveries is Karen. Thrown down the basement stairs by the trashers, Karen is now in a coma. Somehow the Jerome family must put the pieces of their shattered life back together, while the trash ...more
Yager Bombers
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Haziqah
Sep 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who doesn't love to read.
Recommended to Haziqah by: I caught and eye of this book because of the book title and also
This book is about a group of invaders enter the Cape Cottage, the home of Karen and Jane Jerome and their family. The invaders robbed family and left Karen and Jerome unconscious on the cellar floor 49-minute later. The robbering in Karen and Jerome house all have a cause. It's because of to spawn a path of deceit and betrayal. The invaders are the person Karen and Jerome familar with. The family changed all the positions in the bedroom, living room and also they changed the positions of the be ...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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