How did I get it?:
It was a present!
Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, ageing parents, a demanding daughter and a marriage. But when the website she develops becomes a huge success, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. As she struggles to hold her life together and meet the needs of all the people around her, Allison finds that the painkillers she was prescribed for a back injury help her deal with more than just physical discomfort – they make her feel calm and get her through the increasingly hectic days. Sure, she worries that the bottles seem to empty a bit faster each week, but it’s not like she’s some Hollywood starlet partying all night. It’s not as if she has an actual problem. Until she ends up in a world she never thought she’d experience outside of a movie theatre: rehab. And as Allison struggles to get her life back on track, she learns a few life lessons along the way.
I have to admit, that I have heard a lot about Jennifer Weiner’s books before, but I had never read any of them. My mum bought me this book about 18 months ago and I’m only got around to reading it recently. I don’t think it’s one of the best books I’ve read in the genre, but it was enjoyable enough and I would consider reading more of her work in the future. I also have to admit, I expected this book to be really chick litty (not a criticism!) but it wasn’t. It deals with serious issues.
All Fall Down centres around Allison who outsiders may believe has it all. She’s got a successful career, a husband, a beautiful home and an adorable daughter. However, Allison has demons. She’s dealing with a marriage that seems to be failing, her father is suffering from Alzheimers which her mother isn’t coping with. The only thing that makes Allison feel better and feel like she can cope is taking prescription drugs. Allison’s life spirals out of control and All Fall Down deals with a woman’s story of addiction and the road to recovery.
Allison isn’t the most likeable character. It took me a while to get used to her. She’s incredibly selfish and comes across as particularly cold. There were moments of the story that I found to be a little bit unbelievable and some of the pacing was a little bit fast, particularly towards the end, but I enjoyed the story nonetheless!
Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars