Allison Weiss has a great job...a handsome husband...an adorable daughter...and a secret.
Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, aging parents, a demanding daughter, and a marriage. But when the website she develops takes off, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. Her husband’s becoming distant, her daughter’s acting spoiled, her father is dealing with early Alzheimer’s, and her mother’s barely dealing at all. As she struggles to hold her home and work life together, and meet all of the needs of the people around her, Allison finds that the painkillers she was prescribed for a back injury help her deal with more than just physical discomfort—they help her feel calm and get her through her increasingly hectic days. Sure, she worries a bit that the bottles seem to empty a bit faster each week, but it’s not like she’s some Hollywood starlet partying all night, or a homeless person who’s lost everything. It’s not as if she has an actual problem.
However, when Allison’s use gets to the point that she can no longer control—or hide—it, she ends up in a world she never thought she’d experience outside of a movie theater: rehab. Amid the teenage heroin addicts, the alcoholic grandmothers, the barely-trained “recovery coaches,” and the counselors who seem to believe that one mode of recovery fits all, Allison struggles to get her life back on track, even as she’s convincing herself that she’s not as bad off as the women around her.
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This is the first novel I have read of Jennifer Weiner's and I am looking forward to reading all of her work now. I have been waiting to check out this book to see how Weiner would approach this tough subject and I am happy to say I was hooked from the very first chapter. Weiner writes this story in a highly believable way along with characters one can really relate to. It was a different take on the drug abuse to show that anyone can get wrapped up in something that they didn't realize was consuming their life. Allison goes through many stresses in her life and turns to prescription drugs to get through her days. Be ready to hit some emotional areas while following Allison along her journey to admitting she needs help and recovering.
I give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars! It wont be the last book I read of Jennifer Weiner's.
~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received a copy of the above book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~