Then Came You
The lives of four very different women intertwine in unexpected ways in this new novel by bestselling author Jennifer Weiner (Then Came You; Best Friends Forever). Each woman has a problem: Princeton senior Jules Wildgren needs money to help her dad cure his addiction; Pennsylvania housewife Annie Barrow is gasping to stay financially afloat; India Bishop yearns to have a...more
I've been a fan of Ms. Weiner's from the beginning, and I'm happy to report that she is back with her latest novel, which tells the story of several woman who start off as strangers, completely unknown to one another. The book has her signature shout-outs to food...more
"Shit," I said, and shut my eyes. "Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit."
"Oh, babe," said Marcus.
If he kissed you, you'd know you were kissing a man, not one o...more
The book begins with Jules' narrative. She is a stude...more
this book got really convoluted really fast, but a quick plot summary: a self-made PR guru marries a really rich dude. they want to have a baby together but don't have much luck conceivin...more
By Jennifer Weiner
“Then Came You” is the story of four women from different backgrounds that manage to come together as a family unit by the end of the story.
The four women take turns telling their story so the reader gets each point of view. India Bishop is the “trophy” wife who decides that she wants a baby. Since she has shaved some years off of her real age she is forced to find both egg donor and surrogate. Bettina, who is India’s step-daughter, is a young spoiled rich girl w...more
The concept was brilliant---4 total strangers who become intertwined over a IVF baby.
The story built steadily and logically. The characters becoming involved with each other made sense.
But the climax was just there---nothing special.
And the anti-climax could have been something brilliant but it didn't leave me breathless either.
This is definite "chick lit". It has a lot of discussion topics...more
Then Came You takes place during current times. Weiner tells her story from the poin...more
The story was a good one, with dollops of mystery and the characters facing high stakes. I'm sure it qualifies as "chick lit," but I love Jane Aus...more
Jules Strauss goes to Princeton University. She is approached one day while at the mall. A man tells her about a opportunity where she can make a lot of money. The catch is, Jules would have to give away her eggs. The man he is from the Princeton Fertility Clinic. Jules agrees to sell her eggs. She is really doing it for her father. He is an alocohtic. The money would help pay for him to go to rehab.
Annie Barrow is a mother of two boys and a wife. Her husband is in the military. They are strugg...more
Frankly, I've never read other Weiner books. In interest of full disclosure, I bought "Good in Bed" and it spent ages in my nightstand. Then when I got a new nightstand it was shifted to a bookshelf that holds all the books I want to read *next.* Never have gotten to it.
Jules is a Princeton senior f...more
We have: Jules, a senior at Princeton who is considering donating her eggs and using the money to help her alcohol-addicted father. Annie, a stay-at-home mom of two young boys who is considering unusual options for bringing in more cash for the family. In...more
Jules is a Princeton student, by scholarship, not a silver spoon, is offered a deal she can’t refuse. It comes in the form of a hefty check for her “eggs”. It’s her one chance to give her father what he needs, rehab.
Annie is a mother of two boys. She married her high school sweetheart, but wants more. Not necessarily from her husband, but...more
Having a way with words doesn't make for a great book, any more than being a good actress makes a great movie. There's so much more to it.
I fear that JW is a one-note writer, the way Goldie Hawn (to carry on the actress metaphor) is a one-note actress. No matter what movie Goldie is in, she's Goldie. Contrast that to, s...more
The basic idea is a good one: weave the stories of three women who come together to have baby -- the egg donor, the surrogate, and...more
My biggest complaint is that there wasn't a good way to tell how much time had passed in the story. Other than the epilogue, which had a year attached to it, I have no idea how much time passed in the story, and certainly not from one chapter to the next. In fact, things that were mentioned in one chapter would not have happened yet in t...more
This book was both complex and relatable and the characters were more real than any of her previous books. Weiner consistently writes imperfect, yet still likable, characters which makes her work more interesting. However, in this book, the characters were not only imperfect but downright unlikable at times. They did things that were far ou...more
The lives of four very different women intertwine in unexpected ways in this new novel by bestselling author Jennifer Weiner...more
India marries Marcus, a wealthy man who she loves more than she ever thought possible. He's considerate, loving, and more than anything else, makes India feel wanted and secure.
India wants a baby, but she has problems carrying a pregn...more
Four women's lives come together and intertwine in ways they never could have imagined. Julia, the Princeton student with a seedy family secret; Annie, the stay-at-home mother who settled down with her high school sweetheart and needs to find a way of helping her family make ends meet; Bettina, the Vassar student and daughter of a business mogul with a broken heart; India, the middle-age woman wit...more