I have been a massive fan of Jennifer Weiner since 2004 when I first discovered her amazing books. Back then, flipping open a copy of Good in Bed, I was basically discovering chick lit for the first time. It seemed like the chick lit genre as a whole was taking women’s literature by storm back then with cute, sassy covers and cute, sassy heroines doing cute, sassy things. Weiner, I quickly noted, was a master at this genre that a lot of other authors frankly lend a bad name to. I’ve always felt Weiner’s books were a step above the rest and I’m glad to report that as this genre has grown and evolved, Weiner’s books are still some of my favorites.
I recently finished reading one of her newer novels, Then Came You which tells the story of “[how four very different women’s lives intertwine in unexpected ways]. 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.”
Like most of Jennifer Weiner’s books, Then Came You managed to tell a lot of different stories about a lot of different things that all tie back to each other in a messy but fantastic package. By having four characters telling their sides to an interlacing story, you really get a full picture of this slightly atypical story of becoming a parent, coming of age and discovering yourself. 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 to even if at first you felt like you wouldn’t like them at all.
Though I wasn’t entirely thrilled with the ending, which felt a bit too rushed and then neatly packed back up – on the whole this was a really great story and definitely not your typical chick lit novel! I really enjoyed this book and continue to be one of Jennifer Weiner’s biggest fans.
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