If you’ve walked through any bookstore or Costco, and are a fan of women’s fiction, you probably know by now that Jennifer Weiner has a new paperback out. Originally released last June, this latest book in Ms. Weiner’s successful titles is an engaging and current read.
I received this book for Mother’s Day, and I was so thrilled to have it in my hands, that I started it that day. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I read a book by Jennifer Weiner. A fan since “Good in Bed” and “In Her Shoes”, the lack of reading time has made me miss many titles since then. There’s probably a good 5 or 6 novels that I need to catch up on (I don’t mind though, as I actually like having a stash of books by my favourite authors just waiting).
What can’t I say about ‘All Fall Down’? Timely, riveting, moving, I could go on and on. This take on the modern lifestyle and motherhood really stood out for me. While I couldn’t relate deep down to the main character, Alison Weiss, I could relate to the stress of mothering and getting it all done! I’m sure I’m not the only one. Really, between raising little ones and working, I am a very busy person. And that’s really all I do. Young children keep you so tethered that you barely have time or energy to buy the groceries, cook the dinner, finish the homework, pack the lunch, and get a good night’s sleep. Most of us get by and some people need to “cope”, which is exactly what Alison does in this book as she continues to rely on a never-ending intake of prescription medication. In addition to being a mom to her 5 year old daughter, she’s a caretaker for both her mother and father as well. As her actions catch up to her, Alison needs to make tough decisions.
I highly recommend this book whether you’re an avid Jennifer Weiner fan, or this is the first you’ve heard of her. It’s a perfect vacation or “day at the beach” read.
In the meantime, check out these HOT summer reads!
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume – she’s back! It’s been over 15 years since Judy Blume published an adult novel. I noticed a LOT of tweets coming out of Twitter when Ms. Blume recently attended events in Toronto. Something tells me she will never go out of style.
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume – I plan on picking up a used copy of this book SOON! It’s been so long since I read it that for sure it’ll be enjoyable again – and surprising, too. A great beach read!
The Rumor by Elin Hildenbrand – Elin Hildenbrand writes summery, beachy reads. Almost all of her books are set in Nantucket or another popular vacation spot, so if you can’t be there in person, read about it with a new cast of characters.
The Vacationers by Emma Straub – Newcomer Emma Straub has written a book on exactly what most of us are doing this summer. Spending time with family, laying on the beach…and getting on each other’s nerves?!?
Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner – The book that started it all! You’ll fall for this debut novel with Cannie Shapiro and friends (continued as a sequel in ‘Certain Girls’). If you haven’t read it yet, add it to your summer reading list.
What summer read are you most looking forward to reading? Are these books your ‘style’? Beachy enough or too beachy?