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Then Came You

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  44,070 ratings  ·  2,947 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

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Atria Books (first published 2010)
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Excellent audio narration on this one, a lovely story of four women told by different voices which was necessary, I think. This was an entertaining read dealing with the on point topic of infertility. In this instance, surrogacy.

I was captivated throughout, this was an easy read. Four women with very different backgrounds, intertwined. Jules needs the money to help her father, she will donate her eggs. Annie is a struggling young mother, she needs more financial stability with a growing young fa
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.


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
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jo Anne B
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
**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
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
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012
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 conceiving. t
Samantha Hodge
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
Olga Godim
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mainstream
I expected more from this book. I haven’t read Weiner’s other novels but I watched and loved In Her Shoes with Cameron Diaz, based on one of Weiner’s novels, and I though anything she writes should be good. She has many glowing reviews, often employing words like ‘hilarious’ or ‘heart-warming’ to describe her novels, but I didn’t find this particular story either hilarious or heart-warming.
It was okay, a professionally written and edited book, and I read it to the end, but it started slowly, wa
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, novel
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
Maureen Ann
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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:

"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
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, pink
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
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: grown-up-books, glbt
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
May 26, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Gina Beirne
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, read2011
Jennifer Weiner keeps getting better and better. A very complex story about issues that haven't been tackled often in mainstream women's fiction. I loved all the stories of the women in this book. It's not often that I cry over a book, bur I did this one. I simultaneously didn't want it to end AND wanted to know what was going to happen. ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit

“The thing about bad decisions is that they don’t feel like bad decisions when you’re making them. They feel like the obvious choice, the of-course-that-makes-sense move. They feel, somehow, inevitable.”
Judy D Collins
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Awesome!!!!! Jennifer is a great writer with humor and characters you fall in love with. Twist of fate of 4 different gals and how they connect and come together! " ...more
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Kelly Herself
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Then Came You is the story of 4 women, brought together by the circumstance of infertility. Each chapter is told from their various POVs, something I'm actually not too fond of. I am a reader who loves the 1st-person, but only when it's done correctly. Multiple 1st-person POVs make it difficult to keep up with whose head you're in and that's a little pet peeve of mine. I think it would have been better executed in the 3rd-person. But I digress.

The plot is genuinely unique. Not many others have t
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Daniel Stewart
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seventeen books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and, most recently, Mrs. Everything. Her new novel, Big Summer, is out now. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at

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