Monday, 28 May 2012

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner (Book #1)

Book #1: Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner

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 child, an urge that her stepdaughter Bettina can only regard with deeply skepticism until she finds herself in a most unexpected situation. Interlocking dramas designed to ensnare; bound to be a bestseller.
Time to Read: 1.5 days


Once I started reading this book, I had a hard time putting it down, even when one of my friends came over to my house for a visit, I found myself looking back at the book on my coffee table, wondering what the characters were up to. This book was about something that I know next to nothing about: surrogacy. It's told from the perspective of four different women, who are all involved in a surrogacy to create a baby: the egg donor, the surrogate mother, the mother, the mother's stepdaughter (and godparent). I 

The characters are interesting, but if there was one character I never quite got connected to it's Annie Barrow, who is the surrogate mother and actually carries the baby. Maybe it's because I can't identify with someone who only ever saw themselves as a mother, since I'm not at that point in my life even though we're the same age! (24) The characters I was always excited about when it came to their chapter were: Jules and India. Jules has a revelation about halfway through the book and she is just an extremely interesting character whose life is nothing like mine.  Jules is described as extremely beautiful and has a father whose battling addiction, and the way that she loves her father, is uncomfortable in her own skin, and feels just different then everyone else is really interesting. In the first chapter (I think!) of the book, she describes how she feels like she's lying to guys when they check her out, like she's not really what they think she is, which to me is interesting because who could you feel like you were lying about what you look like? India was interesting just because she had a fascinating life and was determined to be the best in her life no matter what, I actually quite liked India, which is why I maybe never was captivated by Bettina.

Bettina was also okay but I just wasn't hooked by her, I actually liked India and she was one of my favourite characters.

I've read a few reviews and if there's one thing I agree with, it's that the book ends a bit unrealistically. 

Overall, I liked the book and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a quick, easy happy read. There wasn't anything in particular about the book that truly grabbed me, which is why it only gets a 4/5. However, I could barely put it down, so you have to give credit to the author for that.

Review (In related to my reading style): Then Came You actually made me really interested in reading a book about a character like Jules, so if you have any recommendations, please leave it in the comments or send me a message. I learned that I really love books that are told from different characters' perspectives and whose lives are so vastly different but then they are brought together in some way. In my opinion, books like that are more interesting to read than ones that the characters are obviously intertwined, e.g. family, friends, schoolmates, etc.

WeekToRead's Ranking: 4/5 

Next week...

A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Current Progress: Page 208 

Comment: I will read/finish this book!! I know that a lot of people love it, so this is going to be my kick to actually finish it.

  1. Have you read "Then Came You"? What about it did you like? Didn't like?
  2. When books have unrealistic endings in the real world, do you just sort of accept it or does it actually make you dislike the book?

Do you have any recommendations for me to read next?! Please send me a message if you do, I'm open to all suggestions.

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