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Better With You Here

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  121 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Single mom Natasha Dávila has done a good job holding things together. Her divorce didn't leave her with much, but she has her kids and they are her world. Only now, she's facing a problem she never predicted: Her ex-husband is re-marrying, expecting a new baby and --worst of all--suing Natasha for full custody of their two children. Desperate to save her family, she turns ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Rachel Kramer Bussel
I tore through this book, told from the points of view of Natasha, the main character, a single mom of two struggling to raise her two kids and adjust to life in her new apartment complex, her son, Alex (her daughter, Lucia, is presumably too young to get her own chapters), and her new friend, Sara. Mainly, it's Natasha's voice Zepeda shares with us, as she tries her best to not be bitter about the breakup of her marriage, not fight with her ex, do her best for her kids and occasionally get it o ...more
Linda Doyle
Aug 27, 2014 Linda Doyle rated it liked it
The cover and title of this book are misleading. I expected a light chick-lit read about single mothers who form supportive friendships over coffee klatches. The story deals with a harsher reality. Natasha is a single mom who is doing her best to raise her two children, and then her irritating ex sues for full custody. The book takes an unexpected turn at that point. A secondary character, Sara, assumes the narrative role intermittently, which I found confusing. I think it is an unnecessary plot ...more
Jul 06, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I've been reading Gwendolyn Zepeda for years. But it's all been online--I've followed her various blog incarnations for over a decade now. To be honest, I was afraid to read one of her books. What if I didn't like it? Would it change the way I felt about her online persona?
But I screwed up my courage and pre-ordered Better With You Here, and I'm so glad I did! I enjoyed it immensely! I read it in two days flat...I couldn't put it down!
The main characters and their experiences felt very real and
Aug 08, 2014 Carol rated it it was ok
I found this book to be all over the place. What was the main point? Her divorce? Her kids? Her friends? I felt it brought in too many unnecessary characters that served no purpose - too many children brought in. I felt it was very disorganized.....I really wanted to like it.
A.K. Klemm
Sep 08, 2015 A.K. Klemm rated it really liked it
Zepeda writes Texas pretty darn well. Apparently she's from Houston, like myself, and the story is set in an area of Dallas that I lived in while I was in college. Oak Cliff is very real. I agree with previous reviewers that this cover is misleading and insinuates this book will be cozy. It is not. It is very real, harsh, and un-cozy - and pretty much never involves coffee or tea! But the story is one a lot of people can relate to and she handles utilizing different voices well... although the n ...more
Oct 26, 2012 Kim rated it it was ok
Shelves: general-fiction
One star for the book cover and the other for the story.
Jul 22, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Gwendolyn Zepeda’s Better with You Here (Grand Central Publishing), single mother Natasha Davila can’t catch a break.

In the opening chapter, she’s competing with her ex-husband’s new girlfriend and dealing her son’s damp underwear.

“Fifty percent of my job as a mother is cleaning up bodily fluids… And then the other 50 percent is worrying,” she says.

Just when Natasha is getting some good luck – finding a decent babysitter and making friends with two other women in her Dallas apartment complex
Dec 19, 2012 CJ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-books
Full disclosure: I've been reading Gwen's writing for many years and have been overjoyed when she moved from blogging, to newspaper columns, to published novels. She is snappy and smart and if we lived in the same state, we'd totally be knitting buddies.

Better With You Here has several different narrators - each with a clearly different voice (my favorite was young Alex). Zapeda has an ear for dialogue that really rang true with me. I know people like her characters. Natasha's struggles were a l
May 31, 2015 Smudgedink7 rated it really liked it
This is a book I will remember for some time. It's not glossy or gritty it's a true depiction of real life without being trite. I sympathized with the characters and I was happy when they triumphed.The writer had a knack with the dialogue which several times left a smile on my face. I would recommend it to my friends.
Melissa DeGott
May 14, 2015 Melissa DeGott rated it really liked it
It took me a while to read this book and I'm still trying to figure out why. Usually a book that is this short in pages would only take me about a week to ready. Maybe it was because I am busier lately or maybe it's because I wasn't motivated to read more than a chapter or two at a time because the story wasn't grabbing me. Don't get me wrong, it was written very well, it had an original storyline, and the chapters were short enough to finish one on the fly, but there wasn't anything that made m ...more
Jul 25, 2015 May rated it liked it
The stories of four different women who come from varied backgrounds who find each other's friendship, lose it and finally regain it along with a stronger sense of who each of them is. Had a contemporary feel to it making it a fun read.
Sep 03, 2012 Penny rated it liked it
Single mom Natasha Dávila has done a good job holding things together. Her divorce didn't leave her with much, but she has her kids and they are her world. Only now, she's facing a problem she never predicted: Her ex-husband is re-marrying, expecting a new baby and --worst of all--suing Natasha for full custody of their two children. Desperate to save her family, she turns to her neighbors--fellow single moms facing their own drama. Sharing their laughter and their tears, these near strangers he ...more
Aug 11, 2014 Marj rated it liked it
Another ok book, not spell binding, but not good enough that I couldn't read other things while reading this. Ok for a day with not much else to do
Julia Amante
Dec 27, 2012 Julia Amante rated it really liked it
As with Gwendolyn Zepeda's previous books, I love that she brings her character to life with rich, real details. You feel like you know the main characters. This time she had a second person POV for one of the characters which was interesting and not seen or done often. Great story about being a divorced mother and all the issued that come up with trying to parent alone. Really enjoyed it.
Angelene Anderson
Feb 27, 2015 Angelene Anderson rated it it was ok
Didn't like it too all over everywhere
Alma Garcia
Jan 27, 2013 Alma Garcia rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

Single mom Natasha finds friends in women she would not have know in her married life. But, her ex sees them as unaccountable to be in his childrens lives. Sounds familiar? It will to many single moms.

We are given insights into some of the other characters views of the events.
Sarah Marble
Jul 24, 2012 Sarah Marble rated it it was amazing
There was so much to like about this book. The characters were excellent. I want there to be more books about real people. I never realized how classist most books are. The ones about lower-income people are BOOKS ABOUT POOR PEOPLE, but this is thankfully not that.
Nov 08, 2014 Claudia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I have been wanting to read a book by Gwendolyn Zepeda for some time. I liked reading the point of view from the different characters. The book was funny and heartfelt. I look forward to reading the author's other books.
Feb 17, 2013 Lexie rated it it was amazing
As always, Gwendolyn Zapata tells a story that makes me stay up all night and read every spare chance I get.
Dec 24, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
This was different from her otherbbooks but I enjoyed it just the same.
Jun 05, 2013 Natalie rated it liked it
Engaging. Hard to put down once halfway though.
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Gwendolyn Zepeda was born in Houston, Texas in 1971 and attended the University of Texas at Austin. She began her writing career on the Web in 1997, with her long-running site and as one of the founding writers of entertainment site Television Without Pity. Her first book was a short-story collection called To the Last Man I Slept with and All the Jerks Just Like Him (Arte Públ ...more
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