Published by Atria Books on 7/12/2011
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Fiction
Jules Strauss is a Princeton senior with a full scholarship, acquaintances instead of friends, and a family she’s ashamed to invite to Parents’ Weekend. With the income she’ll receive from donating her “pedigree” eggs, she believes she can save her father from addiction.\r\n\r\nAnnie Barrow married her high school sweetheart and became the mother to two boys. After years of staying at home and struggling to support four people on her husband’s salary, she thinks she’s found a way to recover a sense of purpose and bring in some extra cash.\r\n\r\nIndia Bishop, thirty-eight (really forty-three), has changed everything about herself: her name, her face, her past. In New York City, she falls for a wealthy older man, Marcus Croft, and decides a baby will ensure a happy ending. When her attempts at pregnancy fail, she turns to technology, and Annie and Jules, to help make her dreams come true.\r\n\r\nBut each of their plans is thrown into disarray when Marcus’ daughter Bettina, intent on protecting her father, becomes convinced that his new wife is not what she seems…
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 the balls (ovaries?) to write a fictional piece on such as sensitive a subject as infertility, especially when her core demographic are women in their 20’s through 40’s. I enjoyed the progression of a child through all of their lives, and how neatly it comes together. But then, therein lies the problem, too.
It’s too neat, nothing (short of one incident) surprises me. Affluent woman-child in her 20’s who hates her new stepmother? Check. Hard-up-for-cash mother (also in her 20’s)? Check. College student trying to earn money? Check. 40-something who wants a baby? Check. Check check and check. Then Came You is told well; Weiner is good at what she does: investing you in her characters. But the story felt dry and formulaic. It simply was not the page-turner I thought it would be. I want a book that’s going to grab me and make me want to stay up at night, just so I can devour the story. Then Came You was thoughtful, it was unique, it was (a little) heart-wrenching. But it was not riveting and I wish it had been.
About The Author
Jennifer Weiner was born in 1970 on an army base in Louisiana. She grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Princeton University. She worked as a newspaper reporter in Central Pennsylvania, Lexington, Kentucky, and Philadelphia, before the publication of her first novel, GOOD IN BED, in 2001. She is the author of the novels IN HER SHOES (2002), which was turned into a major motion picture; LITTLE EARTHQUAKES, (2004), GOODNIGHT NOBODY (2005), the short story collection THE GUY NOT TAKEN (2006) and CERTAIN GIRLS (2008), the sequel to GOOD IN BED. There are more than 9 million copies of her books in print in 36 countries.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publish Date: July 2011
This review copy was provided to me by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.
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