Så Kom Du
Title: The Next Best Thing
Author: Jennifer Weiner
Published in English: 2010
Dansk titel: Så kom du
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2012
Finished Reading: July 2020
Genre: Romance & Fiction
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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.
Writing comes natural for this author, no doubt about that. She is excellent at caring us readers along the story making it deceptive and fun, but frankly, that doesn’t necessarily make for a good book. The multi – angled perspective didn’t work for me. The girls, not sure how many there were to be honest, because they all seemed the same. On multiple occasions, I forgot which of the women that was narrating due to their non – distinctive personalities.
If you don’t like one, you don’t like any of them, and to be honest, lots of the aspects of the book was unbelievable and of course predictable! The women didn’t fit their criteria; some seemed older than introduced, for instance Annie is supposedly twenty-two and beautiful, but she acts like a washed up ugly broad. Jules, seemed so much younger and childish than what she was, a Princeton graduate that’s both intelligent and beautiful. Bettina, the one that almost made me quit the book. She seemed to hate everything and everyone, can’t imagine anyone liking her, worst character ever. Lastly, India, had given up by then, didn’t even bother with her. The women all seemed desperate and pitiful; this book doesn’t represent the women of present day and therefore not relevant.
It had potential for sure, but the execution was bad.