All Fall Down

All Fall Down

How did I get it?:
It was a present!

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

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

An intriguing read!

All Fall Down

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Hatchette Children’s Books

Previously read by the same author:
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You

Synopsis:

Grace is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She isn’t crazy.

2. Her mother was murdered.

3. Someday she’s going to find the man with the scar, and then she is going to make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her – so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door who is keeping an eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her un-pretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace – no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do.

Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt.

Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world all stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

Thoughts:

I wanted to try out another book by Ally Carter after not raving about the Gallagher Girls first book (I know, I’m one of the few that wasn’t engrossed by them!) I thought All Fall Down was a good read, which I think fans of Ally Carter will absolutely lap up. It’s well written and engaging!

All Fall Down centres around Grace, who has sadly witnessed her mother’s death. Three years after the horrible event, Grace is sent to live with her ambassador Grandfather. Grace used to spend her summer as a child with her Grandfather so she’s used to the area. Grace discovers that the man she believes murdered her mother is also living nearby. Grace decides to bring him down whatever it takes.

Many readers will be able to relate to Grace when they read her struggles to be taken seriously by those older than her. This book is action packed and its plot is interesting and I imagine will grip many readers. It’s full of adventure, espionage and politics told in a very straight forward manner. I’m definitely not the target reader for this book, but I’m glad I read it so I can recommend it to others.

There are parts of this book that aren’t tied neatly together, but this is understandable given that it is the first book in the series. I think it’s definitely worth trying, especially if you’re a fan of this genre!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes- definitely for fans of Ally Carter!

Fans of Ally Carter should enjoy this action packed story!