on June 17th 2014
Published by Atria Books Source: Publisher
From a #1 New York Times bestselling author comes her "best book yet" (Philadelphia Inquirer), a "compulsively readable" novel that shows "there's no doubt Weiner knows how to deliver a certain kind of story, and well" (The New York Times Book Review).
Allison Weiss got her happy ending: a handsome husband, an adorable daughter, a job she loves, and the big house in the suburbs. But while waiting in the pediatrician's office, she opens a magazine to a quiz about addiction and starts to wonder: Is a Percocet at the end of the day really different from a glass of wine? Is it such a bad thing to pop a Vicodin after a brutal Jump & Pump class, or if your husband ignores you? She tells herself that the pills help her make it through her days; but what if her increasing drug use, a habit that's becoming expensive and hard to hide, is turning into her biggest problem of all?
Hailed as "a witty, realistic criticism on the modern age" (Boston Herald), this remarkable story of a woman's fall into addiction and struggle to find her way back up again is Jennifer Weiner's most masterful, moving, and celebrated work yet.
Allison Weiss appears to be your typical mother, wife and daughter but not long into the story do we find out not only is her marriage falling apart but her father’s Alzheimer’s is getting worse, her young daughter is more than just a handful and her job is becoming more and more demanding. It starts with just a few Percocets, to take the edge off, to help her through the stressful day but before long, that isn’t enough. She then turns to Percocet and Vicodin, both of which were prescribed to her. But when her life seems to be spiraling out of control she calls her doctor feigning worse back pain, and she gets a prescription for Oxycontin. Soon she realizes this is her drug of choice, it makes her feel good and makes dealing with her “problems” so much easier. She starts taking more and more pills each day, which means of course, she soon runs out of doctors to call. She finds herself stealing drugs from her sick father and soon, ordering them online and shipped directly to her front door spending thousands of dollars a month, popping more than twenty pills a day.
She soon finds herself in rehab, but she is convinced she doesn’t have a problem and she can quit. Among young kids, grandmothers and counselors that don’t quite seem able to care for themselves let alone anyone else, Allison hits bottom.
One of the things I didn’t like about this book was the ending. It felt rushed and unfinished. One chapter she is in rehab, the next she is out, she doesn’t know if she is married or separated or what, then done, end of story. Who knows if her marriage worked out or not, we don’t hear much of anything that happened after rehab other than the family moves out of the family home and into two separate apartments.
Over all, I liked the book, makes me never want to take a pill for anything ever!