Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner

Then Came YouThen Came You by Jennifer Weiner
Published by Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster

Jules Strauss, a senior at Princeton thanks to a full scholarship, has decided to earn a large chunk of money by donating her eggs, which she plans to use to get her father into rehab for what she hopes will be the last time. Annie Barrow, married to her high school sweetheart and a young stay at home mom to two boys, understands that the money she will make from being a surrogate will put her family in a much better financial situation. India Bishop is thirty-eight and desperate to have a child with her older husband, Marcus Croft, and turns to Jules and Annie for help. But when Marcus’ daughter Bettina decides to investigate India, all of their lives will be turned completely upside down.

I’ve long been a fan of Jennifer Weiner, and I typically make it a point to read anything she publishes, as soon as I can. While I have to admit that I didn’t love Then Came You as much as I have some of her other novels, this book was definitely compelling and the characters really made their way into my heart.

The plot of Then Came You is somewhat far-fetched, especially toward the end, but I have to say that I was willing to overlook that since I became so invested in these characters. Each of the women in this story had their own struggles to overcome and imperfections that made them seem incredibly human to me – I really believed each of their characters. Jennifer Weiner has always had a talent for writing women that could be people I know in real life, and this novel was no different. Even though I didn’t particularly like Bettina, toward the end of the novel she really grew on me and I began to understand the reasons behind why she made some of the choices she did.

As I said already, the plot of the novel is a bit more far-fetched than I’d like, with one too many coincidences, but honestly I was happy to overlook that based on the fact that I was enjoying it so darn much. The ending was incredibly saccharine sweet and not at all likely to happen in real life, but I can’t lie – I loved it! I wanted to be annoyed at how predictable it was, but really, by that time I was so invested in these characters and I wanted things to work out perfectly for them.

Then Came You might not be the best choice for a first time reader of Jennifer Weiner’s work, as I don’t think it is representative of her best novels, but for long-time fans I would definitely recommend the book. While I didn’t love everything about the book, and I know it’s definitely not her best, I still quite enjoyed it!


10 thoughts on “Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner”

  1. A friend of mine considers Weiner her favorite author and I read one of her books at my friend’s urging and the book didn’t wow me. I think I need to try her work again, but I’ll try something other than this.

  2. I don’t tend to remember novels like this, they just all blend together. On the other hand, many people do love Weiner because it is an easy read. I probably need to try her work just once to see what it is all about.

    1. Yes, that’s kind of it – her books are easy. But some of them have a bit more depth than others. I think In Her Shoes is a good example of one of her novels that is a bit more than just what’s on the surface.

  3. While this isn’t my normal genre, I think I surprised myself recently with Something Borrowed, and might think about giving this one a chance. It does sound like it has an interesting plot, and though it might be a little too sweet towards the end, perhaps it would make a good lighter read for one of those times when I am feeling overwhelmed.

    1. I would recommend starting with one of Weiner’s other novels, to be honest. But since you enjoyed Something Borrowed I would recommend at least trying Weiner’s books!

  4. I’ve had my eye on this one for awhile. I’ve read all of her work so far and to be honest its been kind of hit or miss for me. It will be interesting to see which camp this one falls into.

  5. I’ve read all of Weiner’s books but this one. I still loved Good In Bed and Little Earthquakes the best, but most of her works are good and enjoyable.
    Thanks for the review, I’m sure I’ll get to this one.

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