#collaboreads uses the READS review system, so here we go!
R- Riveting. What part of the book could you not get enough of?
I couldn't wait to see how Allison would get caught. And when she was, I couldn't wait to see what Allison was like after rehab. Would she change? Would her marriage survive?
E- Elements. How did you relate to/care for the characters? What are your thoughts on the plot line and twists and turns?
I really liked and related to what the protagonist was going through. Unlike Allison, I'm not a wife and mother and taking care of ailing parents, BUT I do know what it is like to stress and to want something to help me through the day. To want something to handle the stress. Weiner does a great job of making someone with an addiction like me. I could see how easily it was for Allison to add one or two more pills to her day until it became a full on addiction. I have no personal knowledge or relations to anything or anyone with addiction so I can't understand, but Weiner makes the issue seem real and like it could happen to anyone. I do wonder how accurate her details of the life and rehab are. I have no idea.
A- Associate. What other books are like this? If none, did it remind you of a particular TV show or movie with it's themes and characters? Does it go along with what's going on in your life or the news right now?
All Fall Down did remind me of 28 Days with Sandra Bullock, which was mentioned in the book. Also of Girl, Interrupted, which is totally different, but I kept seeing scenes in that movie while reading the book. Not sure why.
D- Design. You know you judged this book by the cover. What did you think? How did it relate to the contents of the novel? And the font and layout of the pages?
It took me a minute, but I now get why Weiner chose a roller coaster as the front cover. Because life is like a crazy one. You're up and down and it flies by and you are thrown curves every day. Interesting.
S- Stars. How many stars out of 5 do you give this book?
I liked the book, but I had trouble staying with it. It wasn't something I just couldn't put down. Perhaps because addiction is so foreign to me. Maybe because I'm not a mom or wife or as busy as Allison. Not sure. Weiner did a great job of writing, but I wasn't dying to get through the pages to see what was coming.
I'd love to hear from or read a review of someone, like Allison, who seemingly has it all together, has the "perfect life", but has an addiction. Was this book accurate? I'd love to know.
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(from Rachel's blog):
FOR NEXT MONTH:
November's theme is A Foodie Book. Since we'll be gearing up for Thanksgiving and cooking/eating all the delicious things, it just makes sense to read a book about food! Choose a cookbook or a memoir or a book with a food-ish title or whatever you'd like!