One of my favourite Canadian authors is Catherine McKenzie, who is from Montreal. The first book I read by her was Spin, a book about a reporter who goes into rehab to spy on a hot celebrity and eventually write an expose on her. The great thing about that book (aside from it being a cross between Sex and the City and Bridget Jones’s Diary) is that it’s quite charming for a book about rehab. There are friendships formed and some major growth of a character who thinks that she doesn’t have a problem, when she actually really does.
All Fall Down is my read of the weekend (though, in truth I’ve been reading it all week) and it kind of reminds me of Spin. I don’t know why I feel so drawn to books about drug addiction, but I am, and really, they can be such a whirlwind, making me wonder how people can do such a thing like abuse drugs, when I know that it’s something that happens every day. Usually unknowing to the person who’s doing it.
I think that’s why I’m enjoying this book so far. It’s like a trip down the rabbit hole, watching the main character, Allison, just get further and further into her problem of drug addiction. It’s like watching a car that starts off easy on the highway start to accelerate and you’re just waiting for the crash.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a Jennifer Weiner book, but I can say that I’m enjoying this one! I’ll have to make a point of checking out some of her books that I’ve missed in the past few years. It’s a definite departure from some of her first books, like Good in Bed, or Little Earthquakes, but it’s kind of a welcome departure. I can definitely see that she’s grown as an author.
So, in the end, if you liked Spin, you’ll probably enjoy this one. Alternatively, I think if you like this one, you’ll probably enjoy Spin. It’s a win-win either way.
A note on the post title: Did you know that the song Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind was a song about drug addiction? I remember listening to that song a lot, what with growing up in the 90s, but I had no clue! “I want something else to get me through this semi-charmed kind of life.” Like the source page for this info says, “sometimes the simplest statements can be the most profound.”
Have you read this book? What about Spin? Do you have any favourite books on drug addiction?