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Sunday, September 7, 2014

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner {Audio}

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
My Rating: 3 of 5 Butterflies

Title:  All Fall Down
Author:  Jennifer Weiner
Narrator:  Tracee Chimo
Series:  Stand Alone
Length:  Unabridged; 12 hours and 45 minutes
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Audio
Published:  June 17, 2014
Source:  Publisher via Audiobook Jukebox
Format:  Audiobook; CD
Genres:  Fiction; Domestic; Women's Lit
Subjects:  Drug Addicts; Self-Realization; Domestic Life

Allison Weiss has a great job...a handsome husband...an adorable daughter...and a secret. Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, aging parents, a demanding daughter, and a marriage. But when the website she develops takes off, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. Her husband’s becoming distant, her daughter’s acting spoiled, her father is dealing with early Alzheimer’s, and her mother’s barely dealing at all. As she struggles to hold her home and work life together, and meet all of the needs of 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 help her feel calm and get her through her increasingly hectic days. Sure, she worries a bit that the bottles seem to empty a bit faster each week, but it’s not like she’s some Hollywood starlet partying all night, or a homeless person who’s lost everything. It’s not as if she has an actual problem. However, when Allison’s use gets to the point that she can no longer control--or hide--it, she ends up in a world she never thought she’d experience outside of a movie theater: rehab. Amid the teenage heroin addicts, the alcoholic grandmothers, the barely-trained "recovery coaches," and the counselors who seem to believe that one mode of recovery fits all, Allison struggles to get her life back on track, even as she’s convincing herself that she’s not as bad off as the women around her. With a sparkling comedic touch and tender, true-to-life characterizations, All Fall Down is a tale of empowerment and redemption and Jennifer Weiner’s richest, most absorbing and timely story yet!
My Review:
This was my first read by Jennifer Weiner, so I honestly had no expectations going into this book.  I just knew that this was a subject matter that a lot of people silently face, so that peaked my interest and boy, what a roller coaster ride it was!  It reminded me of a train wreck that you know is going to happen but you just can't cover your eyes or go away, and you just sit and watch, wide-eyed and mouth gaping wide open in horror as it all happens!

The narrator, Tracee Chimo, did a spectacular job at voicing this story!  It appears that this very well may be her first publication, and if that is a case, you would have never been able to tell by listening to her!  I can't give her enough praise for such a wonderful reading voice!  And for the parts that she played Ellie, my gosh, she sounded just like a little girl!  She did a great job of distinguishing characters from each other!  She is a top-notch narrator that many authors should jump at the chance to have Chimo narrate their book!

I think that the story is thorough (maybe too-much so) and complete!  I do feel that parts of it drag along, so there could have been some parts that wouldn't have hurt to have been left out.  However, I believe that every author writes what they write for a reason, and perhaps she felt that all the little details were necessary to get the full story across.

I think that this is a real-life problem, that happens to your every day person, and that it is great that Weiner wrote this to help get awareness out.  Too often, people don't think they have a problem until it's too late, and denial is a hideous thing!  This book shows exactly that!

The main character, Allison Weiss was really built up, but I felt like all the other characters lack a bit. I understand that the story was about Allison, however, I think the story would have benefited from a little more for each character!   I also felt like the author touched on the side-parts of the story, but that's it, just touched on it enough to mention it and nothing from there.

I was a little disappointed at the uncertainty of the ending.  I am the type of reader that likes a definitive this or that happened, so it always drives me nuts to read an entire book and then still wonder what happens afterward, especially when it doesn't appear that a sequel will be written.

Overall, I enjoyed listening to the narrator and the story.  I do feel like there was a bit too much detail in Allison's story, and not enough character detail, and the ending left me open to questions, hence the 3 star rating.  I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another title by Jennifer Weiner and I absolutely would line up to listen to another book narrated by Tracee Chimo!



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Disclaimer:  All Fall Down was provided to me by the Publisher via Audiobook Jukebox in return for an honest and unbiased review!






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