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Come with Me

2.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,567 ratings  ·  265 reviews
From Helen Schulman, the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller This Beautiful Life, comes another "gripping, potent, and blisteringly well-written story of family, dilemma, and consequence" (Elizabeth Gilbert)—a mind-bending novel set in Silicon Valley that challenges our modern constructs of attachment and love, purpose and fate.

"What do you want to know?"

Amy
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Hardcover, 308 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Harper
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Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
This book was entirely not what I expected it to be. Based on the synopsis I expected more in the way of multiverses and the experiences Amy would have as a guinea pig to Donny in his experiment. This has been a subject that has always fascinated me. How many different lives could you be living - what if you had made different decisions... what would your life be like now? While this book did touch on that, I felt it was not the focus at all during my read, which was disappointing.

There are a lo
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Emily B
May 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Throughout reading this book I questioned my enjoyment and wondered if I should continue reading. I did however finish and felt that it was two star novel.

There seemed to be a lot of characters, too many for each individuals story and to be told and mean something.

I felt the teen phone sex was weird and uncomfortable to read and did not add anything to the story.

The part involving Yoshi’s story was very familiar to me that I felt deja vu reading it. Did anybody else feel this way?

For me the
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Jessica Woodbury
At first I was unsure what the balance in this book would be between domestic drama and surreal/science-fiction trappings. It turns out that it is 95% drama and 5% sci-fi, so if you don't read a lot of sci-fi you have nothing to worry about. And like the best sci-fi, that part of the plot is really just a chance to consider our characters in more depth. And while the startup-Silicon-Valley setting also plays an important role in the story, it's not the focus either. This should have all been jus ...more
Julie Ehlers
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a cowardly move, he knew, but he was a coward.

As has already been established here on Goodreads, I was a big fan of Schulman's novel P.S. but was underwhelmed by the more recent This Beautiful Life. Initially, to my dismay, Come with Me seemed to have a lot in common with the latter book: Privileged white straight middle-aged married couple; wife in a constant state of feeling put-upon, husband completely clueless in the emotional intelligence department, teenage son depressingly pervy an
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Jennifer Tam
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very very interesting book - it was a bit tough to get into but once I did, oh my - gives me lots to think about for me and my sons and future generations
Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books
I’d prefer not to end a strong reading week on a negative note, but have you ever read a book that feels like a case of false advertising? As in, if you had paid for it you would have demanded a full refund? That’s how I feel about Come With Me. Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:

Amy Reed works part-time as a PR person for a tech start-up, run by her college roommate’s nineteen-year-old son, in Palo Alto, California. Donny is a baby genius, a junior at Stanford in his spare time. His play for fortun
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Suzanne
The synopsis of this book, described as exploring parallel lives in multiple universes, sounded so exciting but the reality was much less. I had to interrupt my reading for a few days and was shocked to realize that I had not retained any details about the story. The characters and plot just did not engage me. The sci fi aspect could just as easily be described as mildly hallucinatory experiences with pot in a sensory deprivation chamber. But, why bother? The tale is about an unhappy marriage an ...more
Kimberley
This book tested my patience.

On the one hand, I didn't enter into it with any expectations. Unlike some, I wasn't really sure how much the multiverse aspect would play into the story so I wasn't disappointed when it took a backseat to the marital discord of Amy and Dan. However, there was also a lot here that felt like too much information for the sake of filling pages.

I didn't need a play-by-play of all the ways in which a marriage can fall to the wayside. Nor was I interested in the far too c
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Danielle
Like a lot of other reviews, I want to emphasize that while this sounds science-fictiony, it's primarily based in real life. There are some aspects involving technology that doesn't exist, but the multiverse part of the book is much more philosophical "what if I did this instead" instead of actually trying to reverse your life.

What made me realize that I really hated this book was how it centers itself around white people being shitty and not changing. There's a lot that starts to build, but eve
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Simon Firth
Apr 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I'm not the ideal reader of this utterly mediocre novel. I live a couple of streets over from where its protagonists ostensibly live, so I notice whenever Schulman gets her geography wrong. My kids attend the schools it features, so I understand how they don't really function as described. I work in the two industries she writes about (journalism and high tech), which brings home the author's tenuous grip on the history and current realities of both. And lastly, I know the people who liv ...more
Joel
Feb 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As a work of science fiction, this stinks. There's one potentially interesting (though devastatingly implausible and painfully underdeveloped) piece of future technology, and it makes exactly two appearances of about a page each in this 303-page book.

However! As a work of literary fiction, this also stinks. I'm over the midlife crisis, doing-pretty-okay family dissolving narrative. Oh, this one is edgy because the woman the cheating husband falls in love with is trans? Get the fuck out of here.
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Judith
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the not too distant future perhaps, people will be able to take that " . . . road not taken" and experience first hand what their lives would have been like had they bought shares in Apple stock or married their first love. And that's one of the central themes of this book. A young tech start-up entrepreneur is in the process of inventing multiverses or the programs that make viewing/experiencing multiverses possible. And the first person he gives access to the program is a 40-something emplo ...more
Robin Bonne
Picked this up because the sci-fi multiverse synopses sounded like a wild time. Instead, I got a book about a marriage that is struggling with almost no speculative elements.
Kathleen Flynn
There's a point toward the end where one of the characters is reading Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. Sadly, this only made think how much more effectively Pullman addresses many of the same ideas that Come With Me takes on: questions about free will, the role of choice and the role of chance, the possibility of different worlds existing alongside the one we know.

Why did one book take my emotions hostage, make the hair stand up on the back of my neck, make me stay up too late, while another
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Janet
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is a mess, and barely touches on this Goodreads synopsis:

Amy Reed works part-time as a PR person for a tech start-up, run by her college roommate’s nineteen-year-old son, in Palo Alto, California. Donny is a baby genius, a junior at Stanford in his spare time. His play for fortune is an algorithm that may allow people access to their "multiverses"—all the planes on which their alternative life choices can be played out simultaneously—to see how the decisions they’ve made have shaped t
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Natalie M
Please tell me this author was high when this book was written? It’s classified under sci-fi but that is a microscopic portion of an entirely disjointed contemporary ‘like’ tale. The ‘multiverse’ angle intrigued me but the only multiverse going on here was the weirdly cobbled together insane ideas. Take 3 or 4 great storyline’s, decide you can’t decide which one to turn into a novel and go ‘readers will get it’ let’s just put them all in one book! No! Oh, and for good measure let it all happen o ...more
Chris Roberts
Dec 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Novelists engaged in state of being
and or conscious conflagration,
realize they are oxygenated cliches and attempt and fail,
to make the reader shed a single, beautiful tear.

#poem

Chris Roberts, God Descendant
Jane
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
The jacket oversold the multiverses; this is really just a story of a family in crisis. It's not bad, but it's not particularly special, either. ...more
Pamelajay
Jan 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
ugh. couldn't even finish. ...more
Nate Hawthorne
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably a 3.5, but the main character was a runner, so I bumped it up instead of down. Interesting perspectives on technology on existence. It kind d of wrapped up too quickly a d cleanly.
Daniel
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book. On the one hand, it's extremely readable, such that I read it almost in one sitting. The details of Palo Alto life are also strikingly accurate. Almost too much so; it nearly reads like a laundry list of details, but as a longtime Silicon Valley resident, they all feel true. Among the many specific details that only SV residents can understand that the book gets right are Printers Inc. coffee, the chips and salsa at Palo Alto Sol, Philz Coffee, the California Ave Farmers Market ...more
Wendy G
Jan 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, not-finishing

“Mind-blowingly brilliant…. Provocative, profound and yes, a little unsettling.... I don't know who said that about this book, but, after listening to two and a half hours of the audio book, I can tell you the Mind-blowingly brilliant part hasn't happened yet and it's too uninteresting and dull to go on.
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Eowyn
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't science fiction and isn't really about the multiverse. It's a mildly interesting story about a Palo Alto family going through midlife crises. I liked it okay. ...more
Jessica Adams
May 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest , I didn’t finish this book; because I hated it. Hence, the one star. I thought it sounded like such a cool plot. There wasn’t a single character unliked though. In fact , I pretty much hated everyone in the book , and I didn’t find the language or way it was written to be particularly engaging. Huge disappointment.
Jodie
Feb 16, 2019 added it
I didn't want to read this book because I've never liked anything else she's written, but I read it anyway. The only character I cared about was the dog. When the dog returns at the end, I was so happy and relieved that my takeaway was "oh yes, I liked this book" but I really didn't. I thought the only interesting thing was the premise (the world of "what if's"), which has been done so much better and effectively and compelling by Kate Atkinson and others, which reviewers are treating as though ...more
Luna
Mar 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I literally rolled my eyes when I finished this book because it was such a waste of my time. And I feel kind of bad because so many people loved the book. To me it was:blah blah blah blah...shut up already. Just babbling.

A briefly mentioned character turns into the major turning point of the book. A second grader speaks like a college student, and another second grader brings a $2,000.00 computer to school and is responsible for its care. A man finds out that a beloved family friend has died, a
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Michele Addy shadoian
Jan 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I could not make myself finish this book. The writing seemed pretentious, referencing life in San Francisco and Swiss sculptors (had to Google that) as if every reader should know what the author is talking about. Writers are supposed to provide details of everyday life in order to draw the reader into the story’s world. Unfortunately, I was not drawn in. I didn’t care about the characters. I love dark comedy; this is not that. I tried to push myself when I saw that Chloe Benjamin (author of the ...more
Stephanie
"Attachment? Your definition, please?"

"Need, entanglement, intimacy, reliance, what stands between us and the abyss, the way an infant requires a parent, the way caring for a child makes one feel whole, the way partners share responsibilities, one taking over when the other one can't. Habit. Habituation. One's view of oneself. Who we are in the world."


Often while in the midst of rambling conversations with my husband we'll end up spiraling down some internet rabbit hole seeking random inform
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Vicky Gottlieb
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Come With Me, Helen Schulman’s sixth novel, is a feat of both craft and storytelling. On the surface it is about a suburban family: the parents, Amy and Dan, are dealing with middle-age ennui, midlife unemployment, and marital resentments, their adolescent son Jack is navigating long distance love and hometown friendships, and Theo and Miles are much younger, behaviorally-challenged twins. Each of these main players has their own narrative along with a quirky, interesting supporting cast. Altoge ...more
Katie
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this light novel but since lots of people apparently hate it (Amazon reviews), don't listen to me! It's about a family in Silicon Valley (Palo Alto) working and existing in the tech industry, but barely so. The husband is a former "dead tree" (print) journalist with no job currently, and the wife, Amy, is a lowly employee at a tech company whose boss is the 20-something son of her college roommate. How awkward.

This kid (the boss) invents a machine (like Oculus) that shows you th
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Helen Schulman writes fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays. She is a professor of writing and fiction chair in the MFA program at The New School. She lives in New York City with her family.

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