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Then Came You

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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  29,682 ratings  ·  2,440 reviews

The lives of four very different women intertwine in unexpected ways in this new novel by bestselling author Jennifer Weiner (In Her Shoes; 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 c

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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I read this book in one sitting--which is something I don't always manage to do with all the books I read. Sometimes I read as many as five books at a time, but when a book is so good that I can't put it down, that is always a good sign.

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
Sandi
I don't read "chick lit". It's just not my style. I prefer science fiction, literary fiction and mystery/thrillers. Stories about women and relationships and emotions just isn't my style. It's not that I don't like those elements in the books I read, I just don't want them to be the be-all and end-all of the story. However, Jennifer Weiner has been making waves lately by analyzing the number of stories and reviews the New York Times runs about women authors vs. male authors. So, I thought I'd gi...more
Lain
Jennifer Weiner has a way with words -- there's no doubt about that. She has an ease with the written word that carries the reader along easily, and is descriptive and funny.

But.

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
Liz
Ok, so here's my thing: As with every Jenifer Weiner book, this one is readable - if you're stuck on an airplane, you'll keep reading this and it will be a perfectly fine way to pass the time -- but also as with every Jennifer Weiner book, this one is full of people you will never, ever meet or be able to relate to, and that bumps the annoying factor up by like, ten.

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
Shanda
**Possible Spoiler: info was in the synopsis on the book I had, but apparently it is not on every copy**
I told the book club girls I wanted something light and fun, and they gave it to me....sort of. It was an easy read, and it kept my attention. It really wasn't what I thought it was going to be at all. In the synopsis it tells you it is about a couple who have a surrogate and while the surrogate is pregnant the father dies. This doesn't happen until the very end of the book. There were just to...more
Rose
Then Came You is pretty much a soap opera in book form. I don't know how else to describe this book. It has all the drama-llama-riding in it that every typical old-fashioned soap opera has. I'm not a big fan of soap operas but I do watch one or two episodes of these Very Famous (here, anyways) German Soap Operas when they're on and I catch them. It's always the same. There's drama and there's trying to deal with too many issues at once in one episode (bulimia, drug abuse, unhealthy relationships...more
Jo Anne B
Pathetic women all having to do with babies. It was doomed from the beginning. I didn't like any of the women and found many aspects of the book unbelieveable and of course it was totally predictable.

I was so looking forward to reading this book. I love Jennifer Weiner and have read all of her books. It could have been way better. My biggest issue is the characters didn't match their descriptions.

Jules seemed like a freshmen in high school rather that a Princeton graduate. Why was she hanging o...more
Candace
Jennifer Weiner's, Then Came You just found itself a permanent spot on my 'Favorite Books' bookcase. I'm not referring to my 'Ordinary Books' bookcase that is in our guest bedroom- I am talking about my office bookcase that holds all of my favorite novels. Not just any book can find its way onto these shelves, but as soon as I started reading Weiner's Then Came You I realized there was something special about it.

Then Came You takes place during current times. Weiner tells her story from the poin...more
Megan
Chick lit really isn't my thing. But hey, this is the start of summer. Reading is supposed to be light and fluffy, right? Besides, my library is currently out of audio books I'd like to listen to, and this one appeared on the shelves, so....

Then Came You is the story of four women. None of these women are especially likable or relatable. They all have "daddy issues" and they all have difficulty relating to other people in general and other women especially.

At the center of the story is India, a...more
Mamers
The idea for this story was fanfrickintastic. The execution was abysmal. In Little Earthquakes, Weiner successfully alternated between multiple female narrators. This time around, not so much. The narrator (one of four) would be going about her daily life and suddenly, she'd be flashing back to her senior year of high school, or her dad's DUI when she was 14, or her mom running away to an ashram with her yogi, and then blah blah back to the present. By the time (view spoiler)...more
Kathy
I found this book rather flat, with a lot of cookie cutter characters. The book is told from a number of perspectives, but none of the voices really come to life. The whole thing really felt contrived, as if the author said "Surrogacy and egg donations - I bet a story about that would sell!" and then wrote down every cliche about it she could think of.
Maureen Ann
I think this might have been my favorite of Jennifer Weiner's books to date - and that says a lot since Good In Bed has topped my list since it was published!

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
Emily
I still can't tell you what made me want to pick up this book, since I so rarely read grown-up books. But pick it up I did. And it was okay. But it wasn't great.

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
Ciara
this is the first jennifer weiner book i have ever read, & unsurprisingly, i checked it out of the library solely because of the infertility plotline. this is back when i was still trying to get knocked up (now i'm three months pregnant). i'm not so sure i will be reading jennifer weiner again in the future.

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
Debra
At the bookstore, it was stuck somewhere between Mystery, Fiction and Romance. Glad I picked it up on a whim. Such a satisfying read, easy to lose yourself in the lives of these women. Didn't know I liked chic lit *shrug* Running down a list of JW titles, oOoh there's that, that and that... shall just have to read them all :)

Favourite Lines:

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"Shit," I said, and shut my eyes. "Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit."
"Oh, babe," said Marcus.

P44
If he kissed you, you'd know you were kissing a man, not one o...more
Dr.
This book is okay. There was a lot that could have been done with this book, but it failed to satisfy me.
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
catharine
I was pondering what kinds of books men read that women don't, in the effort to come up with a less derogatory term than Chick-Lit for this book. Nick suggested that the corollary is spy or adventure fiction, in which men are faced with dangers, intrigue, and beautiful women. I think this is accurate in that women like to be confronted with novels in which women are strong and rise to challenges, but are more realistic that the challenges they face are likely to be things like paying rent and fi...more
Leslie
I gave this just 2 stars because I think I would have liked the book better if Ms. Weiner had focused more on the 4 women interacting, than on their individual stories. Really, the story doesnt begin until 60% of the way through the book, and even then it falls flat - the twist is unexpected, but it seems she had to have a quick, tidy ending to keep the book short enough. Until the climax, it is slow reading of a lot of background. While this is necessary for character development, it was a bit...more
Julie
I don't give out five stars all that easily, but this book was awesome. It's beautifully written and wonderfully characterized, occasionally funny and sometimes heartbreakingly sad.

Then Came You is about surrogacy, and the ways four women's lives intertwine. India is a wealthy woman married to a businessman named Marcus. She can't have children, so they decide to use a fertility clinic. The egg comes from a college student named Jules, who needs the money from donating her egg to put her father...more
Kelly Houser
I'd be lying if I said that I love everything Jennifer Weiner has written. While I consider myself quite a fan, I have found my enthusiasm for her work waning a bit with her last few books. I desperately needed a Weiner novel to redeem my faith in her as an author. When I was offered a review copy of Then Came You I was both thrilled and hesitant. I wanted to love one of her books again but was afraid I would be disappointed. Disappointed, I was not!

Then Came You was absolutely fabulous! Written...more
Mary Anne
I found this newest book by Jennifer Weiner a real page turner. That is after I got the characters sorted out in my mind. At first it was very confusing the way the different characters told their story - not only in the present, but during other time periods. Each of the characters was unique and it was interestign to see how their stories all came together in the end. There was India, who had a less than ideal childhood which got worse when her grandparents died. She then married very young, r...more
Allen Grace
"What I was learning was that having felt, sometimes, less satisfying than wanting, that dreaming of all this luxury was somehow better than actually possessing it, because once you had it, it could all be taken away."

The days must have been dragging for me that I let myself be distracted and displaced for a while but this time I did not slow my pace as I pored over the pages I felt myself reading toward my own demise. Reading and nothingness. . .


Then Came you is a gut-tightening, bone-melting...more
Sheila
I almost didn't finish this book. Each chapter is written by a different character in the book. A young girl, Jules is approached by a man working for a fertility clinic to recruit her to be a donor of her eggs. Annie, a caucasian young mother, married to a black man, Frank decides to become a surrogate mother because they have purchased an older home in need of repairs. A 43 year old woman, India posing as a 38 year old marries a wealthy man in his 50's. His daughter, Bettina suspects she is af...more
Cheryl

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
Daniel Stewart
I shared a listen (with Amanda) of the audiobook version of this novel on a recent drive-intensive vacation. It was well-suited to a drive, not least because each of the four first-person narrators was played by a different actor, and their distinct voices helped to eliminate the "where was I?" confusion that can be a part of the audiobook experience.

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
Susan
To call Jennifer Weiner's latest novel "Then Came You" a beach read is only partially accurate. Yes, it is one of those books that women love to take along to the beach for an easy read, but this one will surprise you - it is much better written than that classification. This is the story of four women whose lives become entwined by circumstance (one baby) and the story unfolds via each character giving voice to a chapter one after the other.

The book begins with Jules' narrative. She is a stude...more
Meichler
Hooray! I knew I didn't not give up on Jennifer Weiner's books for a reason. After really not liking her past few stories (really since Little Earthquakes), Then Came You returns Weiner to her style of good story telling, good character development - just a good, light, fun book. Is it amazing? No. But the story is good, the characters are well developed - for the most part, with the exception of one, I really liked all of them and cared about all of their stories (the exception being Bettina, a...more
Jessie
I love Jennifer Weiner for traveling - I don't love flying, and something sort of easy to read and engrossing - chick lit, mystery, urban fantasy - usually really does the trick. This book got the job done, but I feel like the seams are showing a bit. I know Jennifer Weiner was big in the whole Freedom/Jonathan Franzen/why is lit written by women always called chick lit but honestly, I cannot say that her writing puts her in the same category as Franzen. She's very good at what she does, but I d...more
Tanesha
I was lucky to get an ARC of this book....in a nutshell this is a story of several women who are all in the babymaking process in various ways: egg donor, surrogate mother, and a wealthy wannabe-a-mom who can't have a baby...all 3 (plus a suspicious stepdaughter) come together through these circumstances. It's a little too predictable what will happen, especially if you've read ANY of Weiner's previous books. The character development was OK, but the story itself left me a little flat. I just di...more
Katie
Jul 26, 2011 Katie rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
I hated this book. I read Good in Bed ages ago - one of the first ARCs I ever received. I loved it; I loved In Her Shoes. I thought I'd be a Weiner fan for a long time, but have started to lose interest in the past few books, maybe growing out of her writing, maybe a declining quality in the books - which ever. Not only did I hate this book, but I hated myself for slogging through every single superficial, poorly written, contrived page.

There's an audience for this kind of book and the other ra...more
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and The Next Best Thing. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.
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