Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner

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20 Critic Reviews

Then Came You is a perfect summer read, complete with soap opera-like vignettes, romance and fantasy.
-Globe and Mail

Synopsis

An unexpected love story…

 

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.

 

Annie 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.

 

India 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.

 

But 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…

 

With startling tenderness and laugh-out-loud humor, Jennifer Weiner once again takes readers into the heart of women’s lives in an unforgettable, timely tale that interweaves themes of class and entitlement, surrogacy and donorship, the rights of a parent and the measure of motherhood.
 

About Jennifer Weiner

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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ten 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.
 
Published July 12, 2011 by Atria Books. 354 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction
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All: 20 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jun 01 2011

The conflicts enmeshing all these characters...are gripping, and Weiner’s elucidation of socio-economic determinism is as sharp as ever.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Claudia Deane on Jul 12 2011

...is most centrally about women being each other’s fairy godmothers, each other’s “mysterious benefactors” — with money, with inspiration, with love, with learning, with luxury.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by MARISSA STAPLEY-PONIKOWSKI on Jul 24 2011

Then Came You is a perfect summer read, complete with soap opera-like vignettes, romance and fantasy.

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Chron.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Jenny Dial on Jul 10 2011

With writing that flows like a conversation between best friends — effortless but meaningful — Then Came You is the perfect summer read.

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The Roanoke Times

Excellent
Reviewed by lison Armstrong on Aug 18 2012

Seeing how things come together is beautiful and leaves the reader wanting the story to go on and on.

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Luxury Reading

Good
Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova on Jul 26 2011

...Jennifer Weiner has once again created a novel that will be a delight to fans of women’s fiction, and characters that many women will be able to relate to.

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She Knows

Good
Reviewed by Samantha Robey on May 04 2012

A very timely story, this novel will cause both laughter and tears and provide insight into surrogacy issues.

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Kritters Ramblings

Good
Reviewed by Kritter on Jul 12 2011

With each chapter based on a different character - it was easy and enjoyable to get to know each one and then see their stories mix and mingle.

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Write Meg

Good
Reviewed by Megan on Jun 05 2012

...is a fascinating web of interlocking stories, uniting four women who have little in common superficially but are linked by one big thing someone.

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Book'd Out

Below average
Reviewed by shelleyrae on Jul 18 2011

Then Came You is a rather lack lustre, formulaic novel from a writer I had higher expectations of.

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Book Addiction

Good
Reviewed by book.addict on Jan 20 2012

...this book was definitely compelling and the characters really made their way into my heart.

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Reading with Martinis

Good
Reviewed by Kelly on Jul 12 2011

I couldn’t put this novel down because I was so invested in the characters and the plot. Weiner also evoked much emotion from me.

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Book Line And Sinker

Below average
Reviewed by Natalie on Jul 12 2011

There are complications and major plot reveals, but none really moved me and I just couldn’t warm to the ending.

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Jessica Lawlor

Good
Reviewed by Jessica Lawlor · on Aug 01 2011

...I loved the plot of THEN CAME YOU. This book examined issues around fertility, surrogacy and money.

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The Blue Bookcase

Good
Reviewed by Christina on May 13 2012

...one thing I loved, that is almost enough to make me recommend Then Came You to my friends and family: Jennifer Weiner nailed people's various reactions to surrogacy.

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The Reading Frenzy

Good
Reviewed by Debbie Haupt on Aug 10 2011

This is a story of friendship, of love, of pain, of forgiveness and of redemption, it will touch every reader on a personal level and leave them with that all elusive glass half full feeling.

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Book It.

Below average
Reviewed by Katie on Jul 09 2012

There were so many “main” characters that none of them were particularly well developed.

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mommablogsalot

Good
Reviewed by Jen on Aug 14 2012

I also liked that the story felt very realistic even when unexpected things are happening. Her characters were very fleshed out making all of them easy to relate...

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Bookworm Ink

Good
Reviewed by Bookworm Ink on May 10 2012

I loved how different all its heroines were, and how such an unlikely bunch came together.

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Planet Books

Good
Reviewed by Karen on Jul 07 2011

The pages within the covers were filled with a story that brings the reader into the lives of four women. Four very different women all bound together by a child.

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