Reviews by Juliettie
Yuck.
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Why I read this, I do not know. I really did like Gone, Girl. I hated Dark Places. Dislike this one for similar reasons. I immediately sensed a "Flowers in the Attic" vibe and I was right on. I also felt ver little sympathy for the characters…Camille almost got some sympathy until her late-night activities. The worst for me, though, was the ending. I'm not squeamish, but those images are some that cannot be unseen. Yuck.
Stood the test of time!
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Showed this to my 9 and 6 year old boys last night. Forgot about the one f-bomb (oops!), but otherwise I was comfortable with it. It was amusing to see what my kids "got" and what surprised them. They were totally shocked at the smoking in the workplace...and that was less than 20 years ago!
Cared about her characters
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I enjoy reading "chick lit" for relaxation, but it's not often that I end up caring about the characters. In All Fall Down, Weiner does a great job of writing a quick, non-taxing read that also left me actually caring about Allison. I also really appreciated the somewhat ambiguous ending. There is no genuine way to wrap up addiction in some tidy package. This felt real. Thank you!
Fun summer read
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Well-written, characters I could care about and root for. This is a nice summer read that didn't create too much stress for me. :) It's actually hard to review it, since almost anything I'd say gives something away. I will say that I absolutely loved to hate Will. What a tool. Enjoyable!
Entertaining, but uncomfortable with "research" style
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A really entertaining read...kind of like watching Dallas or Dynasty or some other more sophisticated soap opera. Nothing it in was truly surprising...most of the philandering was pretty well documented in earlier accounts like THE RIGHT STUFF. What nagged at me was the lack of attribution to most events and opinions. If the author interviewed the wives, why couldn't she say, "Annie Glenn felt that..." etc. Maybe some of it was just the collective opinion of most wives, but most just felt to me like it needed some attribution. Still, a fun, if not sometimes uncomfortable book to read (I felt sorry for the wives most of the time...they had a tough row to hoe!).