We All Fall Down a hit as One Book, One St. Joe’s choice

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Anthony Martin, Staff writer

This school year, the book that was chosen for the One Book, One St. Joe’s, for the entire school to read, was called We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier. This book has rotating narrators and each narrator has a different problem going on, but all revolving around the same plotline.

The first narrator is a character named Jane. Jane is the oldest of three children and lives with both of her parents. When Jane’s younger sister gets into an accident while their house was being broken into, her life turns upside down.

Another narrator is a character named Buddy. Buddy is the oldest of two children and his parents are going through a divorce, which takes a big toll on Buddy and causes him do indulge in illegal substances. Also, his younger sister is the angel child, which causes Buddy to continuously compare himself to her.

The final narrator is a character named The Avenger. The Avenger is an only child. He has a mental disability that causes him to believe he has two different personalities. This a big part of the story and it plays a major part in the end.

Most students were not fond of the book when they first started reading it. As the story unfolded, though, students began to get more into it. Towards the end of the book, there are multiple plot twists that pull the reader in and causes the reader to put pieces together to explain situations that occur earlier in the book.

We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier raises awareness on multiple things. When reading the first quarter of the book, you might think Robert Cormier is crazy. If you look deeper, you will see that he puts the spotlight on how important family is and also speaks on mental disabilities.

With Buddy, we see how heavy of an impact a divorce can be. With Jane, we see how blind we can be sometimes with younger siblings and how they look up to their older sibling(s). With the Avenger, we see that you should not judge a book by its cover because you do not know what is going on in their head.