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We All Fall Down Hardcover – 31 Jan 2003


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Peter Smith Pub Inc (31 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844672173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844672175
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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'By the time the trashers left the house, the tears on the cheeks of the Avenger were cold and hard, like tiny pieces of glass.'

'The house is desecrated.'

'Karen Jerome is left unconscious at the foot of the cellar steps.'

'The family are stunned by the explosion of violence in their lives.'

'The Avenger would wait, knowing when to strike.'

'I am The Avenger, he whispered to the night. And I will avenge this house and what has happened in it.'

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About the Author

Robert Cormier, originally a journalist, wrote fiction for young adults for many years. His work is known for its devastating truthfulness. He has achieved success on both sides of the Atlantic. Robert Cormier lived most of his life in Massachussetts. He died in 2000. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Oct 1999
Format: Paperback
I have read this book twice and I think it is absolutley amazing. You can really get inside the characters feelings. Although I have never been in a situation like the Jeromes, you can understand how they feel. Cormier shows exactly how young people can be pushed into many situations by peer pressure and how this can the lives of many people and how everyone becomes a victim. The book kept my attetion throughout and surprised me at the end as the 'avenger' was a minor character until the end.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful By kim on 26 Oct 2004
Format: Hardcover
We all fall down:
I really like the book.
It's my type of book maybe this makes me so positive about it.
I had no problems with the vocabulary.
So my guess is that this book has been written in a clear English.
Also the description of the persons are very good.
I could really imagine how the story went,
just like a movie playing before my eyes, all thanks to the good description.
But not everybody was well described but I wouldn't say this is a bad point.
The fantasy in a book must be also present, so you maybe find something of yourself in it.
The only conclusion I can make is that this book is very good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent! 20 Nov 2001
By Lauren Houghton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: School & Library Binding
I really enjoyed this book by Robert Cormier. The characters and the plot display the evil in our everyday life. However, I thought that some of the events seemed rather unrealistic. Cormier took many different plots and brought them together in unexpected and surprising ways. The book teaches lessons about regret, love, and loyalty. I think this is a book for mature readers. It taught one major lesson: every action recieves a consequence. This message was bold and understandable for all readers. In conclusion, I really enjoyed this book by Robert Cormier because it contained all the elements of a good, suspenseful, yet tragic novel.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Classis Cormier 17 April 2000
By Usman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One would expect many problems to arise in one's life during adolescence, but never anything as twisted as the situations illustrated in this book. In this book, Robert Cormier uses a very disturbing yet absorbing plot of complicated relationships, and manages to create a story that will bother the reader's mind for weeks after reading the book. Through the use of very complex and sometimes unstable characters, Cormier shows that deception comes in many forms. One of the factors that adds to the suspense of the story and keeps the reader's attention throughout is what I call Cormier's 'split plot POV' writing style. Just as is seen in other works by this author, such as I Am the Cheese and After the First Death, he tells the fictional story through the eyes of more than one character, thus using different points of view and making it all the more interesting to read. The fast-moving chain of events also adds to the dramatic effect upon the reader. From what I've read of Cormier's works, he has a habit of unhappy, but nonetheless effective endings that leave the reader either wanting more, or wishing that they hadn't picked up the book. In my case, every time I finish one of his novels, I feel a little more sane and more human; We All Fall Down was no exception. In relating to the characters, no matter how twisted they may be, the story becomes more real to me, and the life lesson to be learned from it gains a deeper meaning. This is definitely the kind of book that encourages reading -- even in the twisted and hectic lives of adolescents.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Cormier does it again 19 May 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Much like the Chocolate War, We All Fall Down deals with everyday problems teens' face in school, home, and in their personal lives. I loved how Cormier made this book accessible to teens but to adults as well. Abuse of alcohol, lies, the thought of death, and the deconstructing of family are issues that this book deals with. Cormier lets the reader see how Jane and other characters deal with these issues by writing from more than one point of view. For example, the reader can see how Jane copes with the fact her sister Karen is in a coma and might not wake up. Not only does this allow teenagers to relate to these feelings and emotions; it also connects to adults as well. They were once teenagers and have gone through the same situations as Jane, Karen, and Buddy. By reading this, adults can get a sense of what life is like for teens today and understand the reasons why teens do the things they do. It is the issues the book discusses and how the characters cope with their problems that makes this book so important to society today.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A must read for all who hate violence 30 April 2002
By Scherpenisse, P. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: School & Library Binding
It is hard to imagine how you will feel when you are confronted with people who violate your house and your family. Robert Cormier has the imagination to show us exactly what a young adolescent will feel when something terrible happens to her. It also tells you how to get over the trashing and how to get on with your life. Oh yes, and there is also 'the Avenger'.
This book is a must read for young adolescents. It will give them an idea of what happens to other people if they commit these crimes and it could prevent them from doing these terrible things.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Robert Cormier makes fiction feel real 8 May 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of those books whose words echo in your head for the rest of your life. You may forget the characters names, you may even forget the characters, but the essence of the book seeps into your fingers and colors your judgement. It is a subject that plagues the real world and cuts like a knife. It chills you to the bone like all of Mr Cormiers stories, and like all of them it fills you with appreciation for what you have
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