We All Fall Down

We All Fall Down

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by Robert Cormier
     
 

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They entered the house at 9:02 P.M. and trashed their way through the Cape Cod cottage. At 9:46 P.M. Karen Jerome made the mistake of arriving home early. Thrown down the basement stairs, Karen slips into a coma. The trashers slip away.

But The Avenger has seen it all.

Overview

They entered the house at 9:02 P.M. and trashed their way through the Cape Cod cottage. At 9:46 P.M. Karen Jerome made the mistake of arriving home early. Thrown down the basement stairs, Karen slips into a coma. The trashers slip away.

But The Avenger has seen it all.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In an unapologetically severe story about four boys who victimize Karen Jerome and her family, Cormier once again explores the potential for malice in all of us. The teenagers leave the Jeromes' home in ruin; Karen is assaulted and subsequently hospitalized in a coma. Not for the squeamish, Cormier's novel doesn't mince words: ``The vandals shit on the floors and pissed on the walls and trashed their way through the seven-room Cape Cod cottage.'' Like Robert Westall ( The Machine Gunners ; Blitzcat ), Cormier surpasses most other writers by the sheer force of his words. Much more than a pulp thriller, this compelling, richly textured novel is told from several points of view, including that of the vandals themselves. Cormier illuminates even the darkest characters with humanity, so that in the end, readers see the complicated fabric of life itself. Motives, thoughts and feelings are set forth--not without hope, but irrevocably tragic as well. Ages 13-up. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-- After the benignities of his last novel, Other Bells for Us To Ring (Delacorte, 1990), Cormier returns to the gritty form that made him famous. His new novel is sure, accordingly, to inflame the same parental passions and excite the same critical controversies that visited the publication of The Chocolate War (1974) and After the First Death (1979, both Pantheon). It is also sure--like those books--to find a devoted following among the kids themselves, who will recognize and embrace the authenticity of the achingly awful adolescent world that Cormier has created. It is a world in which emotions are raw, evil exists, and violence--both studied and offhand--is an everyday occurrence. The book begins, in fact, with overt violence--the trashing of a suburban house by a group of teenage boys--and ends with a more subtle kind of violence--the trashing of love and the destruction of hope. If this looks like familiar territory, look again. Cormier is gingerly exploring some new terrain here, both literally (by moving his setting from the familiar confines of Monument to the neighboring community of Burnside) and figuratively (by counterbalancing the emotional aridity of evil with a genuinely moving and nurturing love story). More familiar territory is a suspenseful subplot involving a character called ``The Avenger,'' whose goal is to exact revenge for the trashing. Although it certainly will keep readers turning the pages, this may be the weaker part of the novel, particularly its resolution, which seems somewhat glib. Other considerations, however, of character, setting, and the complexity of family interrelationships are richly realized. And the overriding thematic treatment of the dialectics between good and evil and free will vs. predestination is sure to stimulate discussion and vigorous dialectic of its own. --Michael Cart, Beverly Hills Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440215561
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/28/1993
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
215,974
Product dimensions:
4.15(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.57(d)
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Jane Jerome, one of the main characters in We All Fall Down, learns the harsh reality that people aren¿t always who they seem to be. In this suspenseful mystery by Robert Cormier, the reader sees the affects of one event unfold through the eyes of three different people. Through characterization, every reader can connect with one of the characters from this novel because of Cormier¿s years of practice as a young adult writer. Cormier grew up in a small town in Michigan, where he lived until his death in 2000. In the beginning of his career he was a journalist for the ¿Fitchburg Sentinel,¿ and won three prestigious awards. He broke into the field of young adult writing with his hit novel The Chocolate War. In 1991 he won the Margaret A. Edwards award for three of his best novels The Chocolate Wars, I am the Cheese, and After the First Death. He went on and wrote nearly fifteen novels and many of his books have been on the best seller list. Most of his success can be accredited to his amazing use of characters and point of view to make all his books true page turners. Robert Cormier through the use of characterization and setting, shows that people aren¿t always, who they appear to be, which is exemplified through Buddy. In the novel there are three main characters that cross paths on one day when Buddy, Harry, and two of their friends decide to trash the Jerome¿s house. Buddy is a very shy boy that seems to be having fun and seems to be normal. Soon the reader finds out that there is more in his life than he can handle at home and he turns to alcohol to help him through hard times. He is in denial that he truly has a problem and is reluctant to tell people that he drinks. These four boys trash the Jerome¿s house, and they rape one of their daughters, Karen. Her sister is also a very shy person that doesn¿t like it very much in Burnside, since she moved from Monument. From the day of her sister¿s accident she has removed herself from society until one day she meets a boy. The last of the main characters is the Avenger, For most of the book his name is unknown. Cormier uses him as a very illusive character that is always around, but you don¿t know who he is. His writing style dramatically affects the way that the reader portrays the characters. This whole novel is in the first person point of view, yet is through the eyes of three people, the reader sees exactly how they feel. In the novel the Avenger is a character who is portrayed as scary, yet really kind, which is only accomplished through the tone of Cormier¿s writing. ¿He watched in horror as they trashed the house he had come to love, ransacking and rampaging, the sound of carnage making him wince as if his own body were being ravaged¿(p.2). In the quote Cormier uses a simile to show how the Avenger feels yet in the previous part of the sentence he is watching people destroy a house. Throughout the novel he is shown as one for those people that people know, but don¿t truly know. Cormier also employs indirect characterization to show a character¿s feelings, ¿Buddy looked over his shoulder, as if expecting to see a police cruiser streak toward the school¿¿(p.95). This novel isn¿t just enjoyable for the amazing plot, but for the language that flows as smooth as the Mississippi. This was one of the best novels that I have ever read. It is a fast paced, moving book that keeps you in suspense till the very end. Throughout the novel I was attached to the characters, and was able to connect because of the great characterization. I would highly recommend the book to anyone that wants a great, fast reading novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
well, i was made read this book as a school activity. the book for some parts was exciting, however if not read in only a few readings becomes tedious and boaring. this book starts with an out there begining, making you want to go on. after this coms the unconventional structure. i say this as, the climax isnt as high a point of tention as the start of the book. a great start, and real issues. this writters realism and use of familliar icons such as coke and 7 up appeal to the target audience, and brings to question whether or not this could happen to you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in 7th grade and I thought this book was the best book I have ever read all year. I enjoyed the suspense so much that I could not but the book down (literally!). I would recommend this to anybody who needs a book that is either my age or older.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Cormier is an excellent author who opens with a shocking start which lures the reader into his novel of We All Fall Down. Throughout the entire story the reader is compelled to find out what happens next. All characters are well thought out and readers will get to know them personally. This romance with a twist involves vandalism, murder, and family life. The suspense of what will happen to Karen, Jane, Buddy, and The Avenger keeps the reader on the edge of his or her seat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. I'm not one that likes to read books, but this one I even read on in, and finshied. The topics in the book to relate to the problems we face everday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great i mean it was ok and half a bag of chips. I usually do read but this was one of the only books that i have read in along time but i still liked it. I whould read it again jst to see if i missed something...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found that 'We all fall down' is a very good book. It is a seventh grade reading level, but by know means is it for a senventh grader. If your in 10th or 11th grade you would really enjoy it. It has a lot to do with teen life and what you should always watch out for.You get into the book because, you feel drawn to it. I would defaintly recommend this book for 10th and 11th graders.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book. It keeps you interested from the first time you pick it up, until you read the last word.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading books in high school isnt the top interest for myself, but when i started reading this book it was alot different. We all Fall Down was a great book and to tell you the truth i couldnt put it down. I suggest if you like books about everyday teenagers you should read this one. Even if you dont like to read give it a try and see what you think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a very good book for teen-agers. It touches many of the subjects that teen-agers are interested in and are thinking about. The book provides a story that catches the reader's attention and never lets go. After starting to read you won't want to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We All Fall Down, is a book that incorporates many of today's problems. This book catches your attention quick, and is easy to get into. I have lost track of time reading this book, it is suspenseful and keeps you wondering.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title has connections to everyone in the book. It shows how one persons bad choices in life can affect other people. Can be miss leading to the end of the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We All Fall down is a suspenseful and thrilling novel about a dark inner world of teenage life. This book will scare you, make you cry, and at some parts even make you mad. The story is mostly about a teenage boy and girl that fall in love only to find that there is no way they could ever be together. They fall down, as do their families, friends, and all the characters in the story. Eventually they pull things together and move on with their lives, at least most of them do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is utterly terrific. It portrays 'real life' with characters who think like 'real people'. A wide variety of issues, problems, and hardships are discussed. There are great descriptions of the world from teenager's points of view. Excellent reading material. I have friends who don't like to read, but loved this book. I highly recommend it to you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We All Fall Down is a addictive novel with many plot twist and turns to keep you reading. It depicts events that relate to everyday life, but also to those tragic events that happen once, but continue to effect you the rest of your life. It does contain serious issues and discribes realistic terror that may be offensive to some people. Overall, it is an excellent story with real world connections that will make you stop and think about your own life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the ending to this book was extremely disappointing. It leads you up to this clincher where you think Buddy and Jane are going to get back together, only it never happens. She can't forgive him for one night of drunken stupidity and what him and his 'friends' did to her sister. Her love for him is no longer an issue, it doesn't even matter anymore. She felt betrayed and she let go of the best thing she ever had. In the end, love didn't conquer all things.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From what I understand this book has been band from many schools and teens cant read it. I dont understand, I believe that this book is great and every teen should be able to read it even in school. We All Fall Down is a good book for everyone to read because it explans all of the troubles that most teens really do go through, it gives you many in sight and details on what they're doing, how there doing it and why. Not to mention what they were thinking and how they might have been feeling. I strongly suggest this book for anyone looking for a page turner, even you dont like reading, you wont be able to put this book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A twisting rollercoaster of mind bending irony. A killer who thinks he is avenging his loved ones problems. A victume of a malicious vandalistic act who loves the boy guilty of the crime. A knife, a rope, and two personalities, what will become of Jane Jerome?
Guest More than 1 year ago
It protrayed the way a real family would react in times of hardship, and really got into the emotions of the characters in the story.