All Fall Down

All Fall Down

A Novel

Book - 2014
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On the outside, Gillian is a normal suburban mother - until a website she develops takes off, giving her more money than she ever dreamed of. Gillian finds that the prescription painkillers she took for a back injury help her deal with more than just physical pain - they give her energy, help her feel calm, and let her get through her increasingly hectic days. When her use gets to the point that she can no longer control it - or hide it - Gillian ends up in a world she never thought she'd experience: rehab. Amid the teenage heroin addicts, the alcoholic grandmothers, the barely trained recovery coaches, and the overwhelmed counselors, Gillian struggles to get sober and ultimately rebuild a life where she can be a mother, a daughter, a friend, and a woman in recovery.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2014
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451617788
145161778X
Branch Call Number: F WEI NVD
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 24 cm

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BrooklynLady_42 Dec 15, 2016

This is the first book I read written by Jennifer Weiner. It was an interesting topic but the last parts of the book were boring, very boring. I will finish reading it because it is the only book I have at home now. Otherwise, I would have stopped. Will try her other books.

M_ALCOTT Aug 07, 2015

Addiction, of any kind, is a serious subject matter, and Jennifer Weiner was able to get that point across in the novel. But, she was still able to incorporate humor here and there throughout the story.

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Karen9
Jul 12, 2015

The book was very different than the books I usually read. It's a okay book, but I think it's a bit on the dark side for me. I had trouble getting through it and took numerous of breaks as I liked more positive or mysterious stories. But not a bad read!

carolinevig5 Apr 11, 2015

This was my first time reading one of Jennifer Weiner's novels, and I'm not anticipating another read from her. While the story was good, and I really did like the point she was trying to make about prescription drug use and its dangers, it is so poorly written I nearly stopped reading multiple times. It is so watered down as far as the writing goes. I love a good chick book/beach read, but I don't think that the writing should be compromised. I truly felt that this way reading this novel. I do not recommend.

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jenksmom42
Jan 02, 2015

I thought it was terrible! I don't like such negative things to read for pleasure. Hated the ending too. First time to read this author and won't after this one.

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writermala
Sep 29, 2014

I read this book in one sitting and thought, "there but for the Grace of God go I." The scenario that Jenifer Weiner portrays could be anybody's story. Anyone who has unthinkingly popped an aspirin could be headed this way.
Allison Weiss seems, on the surface, to have a perfect life yet suddenly she finds herself overwhelmed by this perfect life which veers off in unexpected directions. What started off as a seemingly harmless popping of a pill turned into a coping mechanism and then to a hopeless addiction.
This book, despite the poignant storyline, is hilarious at times and one keeps reading it and rooting for Allison. Allison is a powerful character and the supporting characters are well-sketched too.

All in all it makes for great reading.

dossiere Sep 01, 2014

First time i have read one of her novels. I liked it a lot.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "I read this without knowing the plot because I like Jennifer Weiner's books. Once again she delivers a novel of a realistic woman but this time about addiction (to pain meds). It was OK, personally I thought Marian Keyes' Rachel's Holiday was a better portrayal of addiction and rehab with more likeable characters and a stronger plot."

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kburkhar
Jul 26, 2014

The description says the character's name is Gillian but it's Allison!

Anyway, I loved the book! I was also sucked in with the first chapter. She is one of my favorite authors too and I think it's her best novel yet. Devoured it in a weekend.

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mpot
Jul 17, 2014

Good, predictable.

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This book is about a working wife and mother with an ill father who is just trying to manage it all, and finds herself taking more and more prescription painkillers to get through the day. I found it incredibly sad, though it was well-written and definitely kept my interest.

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M_ALCOTT Aug 07, 2015

"By Sunday, I was sitting through my tenth--or was it my twelfth?--Share, so inured to the recitation of abuse, neglect, and damage that I'd started subbing in my favorite fictional characters. 'Hi, my name is Daenerys Targaryen, and I'm an addict (Hi, Dany!). I guess you could say it all started when my brother married me off to Khal Drogo, a vicious Dothraki warlord, when I was just thirteen. I started drinking after my husband killed my brother by pouring molten gold on his head. For a while, it was social. I'd have a drink before dinner with my bloodriders, maybe two if we'd had a rough day, but after Mirri Maz Duur murdered my husband, it turned into an all-day-long thing...' "-excerpt All Fall Down

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