Banned Book Review: We All Fall Down
I have to start off by saying that this book is creepy. Not because of what the characters do in the book, but because a lot of the book is about where everyone’s headspace is at any given time, and there’s a lot of confused and scared people in this book. The story begins with the trashing of a family’s home, ending in the assault of the youngest daughter when she arrives home unexpectedly. It then moves outward, tracing the lives of the girl’s sister, one of the vandals, and a witness to the event whose life unfolds as the darkest tale of the whole lot. It is not a lighthearted book. The narrative is raw and evocative of Cormier’s other banned publication, The Chocolate War. In an adult novel, it would be called “hard-hitting” and “gut wrenching.” But because it is about and for teenagers, it is banned. Recommended for Young Adult.