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Then Came You
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...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
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
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
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
Then Came You takes place during current times. Weiner tells her story from the poin...more
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
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
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 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
"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 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 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
Then Came You was absolutely fabulous! Written...more
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
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
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
The book begins with Jules' narrative. She is a stude...more
There's an audience for this kind of book and the other ra...more