The Reading Nook: All Fall Down

With the end of classes in sight, I’m getting more and more excited for summer! Among all the things I can’t wait to do once classes are finished, I may be most excited about having more time to read! Over Spring Break, I made an impromptu trip to Barnes and Noble and accidentally spent over an hour browsing the shelves. I stumbled across one particularly good find!

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was also to read more books, which is something I so enjoy but rarely make the time to do, especially during the school year. I recently set myself a goal to read at least one good book a month. Then I decided I would naturally have to share it, and The Reading Nook was born! I hope to share reviews of my favorites and encourage the book worm inside everyone. So get cozy in your favorite reading nook and enjoy!

For my first review, I am sharing all about All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner. I know they say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but it’s what I always do. Oops. Initially drawn to the pretty blue sky on the front, I picked up this little beauty and was sucked in.

After reading, I can easily say the thing I liked most about this book was how realistic and relatable the story was. The protagonist Allison Weiss has everything she ever wanted: a great family, flourishing job, and fabulous home. But it isn’t enough. And I think everyone can relate to the struggle of always wanting more and never feeling satisfied with what we have in the now.

The book starts with Allison’s everyday life told from her perspective. Taking her daughter to school, writing articles for the woman’s blog she works for, and helping her mother take care of her father who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. But underneath the facade of having her life perfectly together, Allison abuses prescription pain killers as a way to cope with her struggles. Initially aware that her problem is becoming an addiction, she writes it off as necessary to get through the day. As the story progresses, the abuse gets worse and Allison hits rock bottom.

Without providing spoilers, this book was a beautiful representation of admitting your faults and working through your burdens. If you need a good story about empowerment and perseverance that hits true to home, take a look here! I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Always, Autumn