Come with Me

Come with Me

Helen Schulman / Sep 23, 2019

Come with Me A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice A New York Post Best Book of the WeekRecommended by Vogue The San Francisco Chronicle The Skimm The BBC

  • Title: Come with Me
  • Author: Helen Schulman
  • ISBN: Come with Me
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  • Page: 368
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  • A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice, A New York Post Best Book of the WeekRecommended by Vogue, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Skimm, The BBC, Southern Living, Pure Wow, Hey Alma, Esquire, EW, Refinery 29, Bust, and Read It or Weep Mind blowingly brilliant Provocative, profound and yes, a little unsettling, Come A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice, A New York Post Best Book of the WeekRecommended by Vogue, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Skimm, The BBC, Southern Living, Pure Wow, Hey Alma, Esquire, EW, Refinery 29, Bust, and Read It or Weep Mind blowingly brilliant Provocative, profound and yes, a little unsettling, Come With Me is about how technology breaks apart and then reconfigures a family, and though it has hints of sci fi, it s so beautifully grounded in reality that it seems to breathe Although it takes place over just three days, what s so fascinating is that so many lives, and many possibilities, are lived through it Truly, it s a novel like its own multiverse San Francisco ChronicleFrom Helen Schulman, the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller This Beautiful Life, comes another gripping, potent, and blisteringly well written story of family, dilemma, and consequence Elizabeth Gilbert a mind bending novel set in Silicon Valley that challenges our modern constructs of attachment and love, purpose and fate What do you want to know Amy Reed works part time as a PR person for a tech start up, run by her college roommate s nineteen year old son, in Palo Alto, California Donny is a baby genius, a junior at Stanford in his spare time His play for fortune is an algorithm that may allow people access to their multiverses all the planes on which their alternative life choices can be played out simultaneously to see how the decisions they ve made have shaped their lives.Donny wants Amy to be his guinea pig And even as she questions Donny s theories and motives, Amy finds herself unable to resist the lure of the road s not taken Who would she be if she had made different choices, loved different people Where would she be now Amy s husband, Dan an unemployed, perhaps unemployable, print journalist accepts a dare of his own, accompanying a seductive, award winning photographer named Maryam on a trip to Fukushima, the Japanese city devastated by tsunami and meltdown Collaborating with Maryam, Dan feels a renewed sense of excitement and possibility he hasn t felt with his wife in a long time But when crisis hits at home, the extent of Dan s betrayal is exposed and, as Amy contemplates alternative lives, the couple must confront whether the distances between them in the here and now are irreconcilable.Taking place over three non consecutive but vitally important days for Amy, Dan, and their three sons, Come with Me is searing, entertaining, and unexpected a dark comedy that is ultimately both a deeply romantic love story and a vivid tapestry of modern life Get A Copy Kindle Store KoboOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for ebook, 320 pages Published November 27th 2018 by Harper More Details Original Title Come with Me ISBN 0062459155 ISBN13 9780062459152 Other Editions 7 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Come with Me, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Has anyone else read this Im about 2 hours into the audio book and waiting for the mind blowing brilliant part like 29 days ago Add your answer Amyraz I m with you Overall, I liked it, but it was not as advertised flag See 1 question about Come with Me Lists with This Book BookExpo 2018 100 books 17 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 19, 2018 Chandra Claypool wherethereadergrows rated it it was ok review of another edition This book was entirely not what I expected it to be Based on the synopsis I expected in the way of multiverses and the experiences Amy would have as a guinea pig to Donny in his experiment This has been a subject that has always fascinated me How many different lives could you be living what if you had made different decisions what would your life be like now While this book did touch on that, I felt it was not the focus at all during my read, which was disappointing.There are a lo This book was entirely not what I expected it to be Based on the synopsis I expected in the way of multiverses and the experiences Amy would have as a guinea pig to Donny in his experiment This has been a subject that has always fascinated me How many different lives could you be living what if you had made different decisions what would your life be like now While this book did touch on that, I felt it was not the focus at all during my read, which was disappointing.There are a lot of characters to keep track of in this book and they re all interspersed with each other in one form or another I kept getting confused as to who belonged to whom and who was whose mother, etc At times the story line changed from one character to another with no exact change over to let you know we were now looking through someone else s eyes Unfortunately I never connected to any of the characters I especially wasn t interested in Dan s story line and wanted to drop kick him into next week I m not sure exactly what it was about him that just really got under my skin but he just did Then that ending for him UGH.It s interesting that this is classified under sci fi when it was such a minimal part of the book I would put this under domestic drama and it certainly doesn t fly in the dark comedy or deeply romantic love story that the synopsis leads you to believe in the last paragraph Maybe it was due to all this misleading that led me to not particularly care for this book Maybe it was the disconnection I felt to every character Or maybe it just wasn t a good fit for this reader No matter which way, unfortunately this book just didn t jive with me.Thank you to Harper Books for this copy flag 29 likesLike see review Dec 15, 2018 Julie Ehlers rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves california, free library, literary fiction It was a cowardly move, he knew, but he was a coward.As has already been established here on , I was a big fan of Schulman s novel P.S. but was underwhelmed by the recent This Beautiful Life Initially, to my dismay, Come with Me seemed to have a lot in common with the latter book Privileged white straight middle aged married couple wife in a constant state of feeling put upon, husband completely clueless in the emotional intelligence department, teenage son depressingly pervy an It was a cowardly move, he knew, but he was a coward.As has already been established here on , I was a big fan of Schulman s novel P.S. but was underwhelmed by the recent This Beautiful Life Initially, to my dismay, Come with Me seemed to have a lot in common with the latter book Privileged white straight middle aged married couple wife in a constant state of feeling put upon, husband completely clueless in the emotional intelligence department, teenage son depressingly pervy and self centered, younger sibling s in need of protection from the well meaning but oblivious adults around them Both novels also contain viewpoints than seems strictly necessary for such short 200 300 pp books I was so disappointed that I nearly DNF d this.Then Schulman threw a curveball and suddenly I was riveted Obviously I won t tell you what it is, and it might have been kind of a cheap trick in another writer s hands, but in this case it made me realize what a good writer Schulman really is Somehow she had set the whole thing up so that by the time the shocking event happened, I was invested without even knowing it An odd compliment, I know, but I cannot deny that after that I didn t want to do anything but read Come with Me, and it ended up being a completely satisfying reading experience.The book is bafflingly flawed In addition to all those viewpoints, it tries to do too much major world events and issues are incorporated the lives and concerns of middle aged folks, both married and divorced, are dealt with in ways that seem to be trying to say something bigger the culture of Silicon Valley Palo Alto and really, the entire internet itself, not to mention the weird complicated topic of multiverses, are all up for discussion But the sci fi element the book description promises isn t quite there, and the people are pretty much all terrible It seems like the novel should barely hang together, but for some reason, for me it did.So, yes, Come with Me is ambitious, and it also manages to be vivid and nimble and thought provoking and engaging It defied my expectations over and over again, and when it comes to novels I can t think of much I admire than that flag 18 likesLike see review Apr 18, 2018 Jessica Woodbury rated it liked it Shelves arc, speculative, sci fi fantasy At first I was unsure what the balance in this book would be between domestic drama and surreal science fiction trappings It turns out that it is 95% drama and 5% sci fi, so if you don t read a lot of sci fi you have nothing to worry about And like the best sci fi, that part of the plot is really just a chance to consider our characters in depth And while the startup Silicon Valley setting also plays an important role in the story, it s not the focus either This should have all been jus At first I was unsure what the balance in this book would be between domestic drama and surreal science fiction trappings It turns out that it is 95% drama and 5% sci fi, so if you don t read a lot of sci fi you have nothing to worry about And like the best sci fi, that part of the plot is really just a chance to consider our characters in depth And while the startup Silicon Valley setting also plays an important role in the story, it s not the focus either This should have all been just fine with me, but while I was four stars for this book for much of the first half, it ended up falling down to three.The family at the center of the book is well drawn, and the fact that the plot didn t really take off for a while didn t bother me at all I enjoyed spending time with them I enjoyed Amy s take on the world, I enjoyed being in her head The last third of the book involves several crises culminating together, which is a very real thing, but also meant that most of what s been happening at the book gets sidelined while one particular thing gets worked out The point of view also changes often, with many characters taking center stage only once, meaning that many of their stories feel unfinished.Ultimately I just wanted this to be than it is, than just the same story of a marriage we ve seen many times before I wanted the different points of view, the idea of the multiverse invention, the whole package to go up a level and take me somewhere I knew I was in a book by a skilled writer, but it felt like a hodgepodge than a cohesive novel.I also have to note that this book is another in a trend I ve noticed in the past couple of years It contains a trans character, that character is treated like a person, the character is allowed to be worth loving and worth desiring, but the way the character is written about especially with respect to the gender they were assigned at birth is problematic I am 99% sure the author knows this, that it is the character whose point of view we are in who is ignorant on trans issues But so much of the world remains ignorant on trans issues, and while this book may mean those audiences see trans people as valid there are also things they may take away that are callous and insensitive, things you should never say or think with a trans person I do not know how to solve this dilemma, since of course there will be characters who are ignorant on these issues, but it s a problem nonetheless and I would caution readers who are sensitive on this topic to at least go in with proper expectations flag 17 likesLike see review Nov 25, 2018 Suzanne rated it it was ok Shelves dysfunctional families, fiction, first reads, science fiction The synopsis of this book, described as exploring parallel lives in multiple universes, sounded so exciting but the reality was much less I had to interrupt my reading for a few days and was shocked to realize that I had not retained any details about the story The characters and plot just did not engage me The sci fi aspect could just as easily be described as mildly hallucinatory experiences with pot in a sensory deprivation chamber But, why bother The tale is about an unhappy marriage an The synopsis of this book, described as exploring parallel lives in multiple universes, sounded so exciting but the reality was much less I had to interrupt my reading for a few days and was shocked to realize that I had not retained any details about the story The characters and plot just did not engage me The sci fi aspect could just as easily be described as mildly hallucinatory experiences with pot in a sensory deprivation chamber But, why bother The tale is about an unhappy marriage and the wistfulness of a middle age wife mother woman and her choices in life But even at that level, the tale is lacking I received my copy from the publisher through edelweiss flag 7 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 21, 2018 Page rated it it was ok This book tested my patience On the one hand, I didn t enter into it with any expectations Unlike some, I wasn t really sure how much the multiverse aspect would play into the story so I wasn t disappointed when it took a backseat to the marital discord of Amy and Dan However, there was also a lot here that felt like too much information for the sake of filling pages.I didn t need a play by play of all the ways in which a marriage can fall to the wayside Nor was I interested in the far too c This book tested my patience On the one hand, I didn t enter into it with any expectations Unlike some, I wasn t really sure how much the multiverse aspect would play into the story so I wasn t disappointed when it took a backseat to the marital discord of Amy and Dan However, there was also a lot here that felt like too much information for the sake of filling pages.I didn t need a play by play of all the ways in which a marriage can fall to the wayside Nor was I interested in the far too codependent relationship of two horny teenagers with far too much time on their handsliterally There were plenty of interesting characters within the book but they were often relegated to the periphery in favor of a random encounter or some dinnertime shenanigan While both Kevin Jack s best friend and Amy s second son and Marilyn the trans woman eventually play a major role in the arc of the story, neither was fleshed out enough for you to feel connected to them as characters If anything, they felt like collateral in a story that feels about a man suffering through a midlife crises as his marriage falls apart.I wanted to love this but it often felt like I was reading a rough draft of a story where the author was still letting it come to her it often seemed to veer off the path completely before returning back to whatever its point was in the first place flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 24, 2018 Catherine at The Gil Guide to Books rated it did not like it review of another edition I d prefer not to end a strong reading week on a negative note, but have you ever read a book that feels like a case of false advertising As in, if you had paid for it you would have demanded a full refund That s how I feel about Come With Me Here s the synopsis Amy Reed works part time as a PR person for a tech start up, run by her college roommate s nineteen year old son, in Palo Alto, California Donny is a baby genius, a junior at Stanford in his spare time His play for fortune I d prefer not to end a strong reading week on a negative note, but have you ever read a book that feels like a case of false advertising As in, if you had paid for it you would have demanded a full refund That s how I feel about Come With Me Here s the synopsis Amy Reed works part time as a PR person for a tech start up, run by her college roommate s nineteen year old son, in Palo Alto, California Donny is a baby genius, a junior at Stanford in his spare time His play for fortune is an algorithm that may allow people access to their multiverses all the planes on which their alternative life choices can be played out simultaneously to see how the decisions they ve made have shaped their lives.Donny wants Amy to be his guinea pig And even as she questions Donny s theories and motives, Amy finds herself unable to resist the lure of the road s not taken Who would she be if she had made different choices, loved different people Where would she be now Interesting, right Except there s a subplot about Amy s unemployed journalist husband and his decision to take off for Japan to interview the most radioactive human on the planet which is just a cover to be alone with a beautiful transgender woman he thinks he s in love with The husband s plot plays out in tedious, unimaginative detail while the entire premise of an app that allows you to explore the lives you didn t live That s explored in two brief chapters where the developer, who reads like a stereotypical, techie, man boy, psychologically tortures Amy with an app that doesn t work properly.I kept going with this book despite characters who were so off the charts in their self indulgent, precious uniqueness as to be violently annoying a teenager so in love with his girlfriend that they are on Skype 24 hours a day he brings her to school on his phone and they set a place for her at the dinner table Up until the midpoint, I thought there would be redemption that something discovered from the app would bring profound meaning to Amy s life Instead, a painful and tragic incident appears out of nowhere as if Schulman thinks it will redeem the book and turns the last quarter of the novel into a theater of the absurd I finished Come With Me as a hate read, which is unfortunate because Helen Schulman s last novel, This Beautiful Life, was impactful and thought provoking flag 5 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 02, 2018 Chris Roberts rated it did not like it Novelists engaged in state of beingand or conscious conflagration, realize they are oxygenated cliches and attempt and fail, to make the reader shed a single, beautiful tear poemChris Roberts, God Descendant flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Natalie Mullan rated it it was ok Please tell me this author was high when this book was written It s classified under sci fi but that is a microscopic portion of an entirely disjointed contemporary like tale The multiverse angle intrigued me but the only multiverse going on here was the weirdly cobbled together insane ideas Take 3 or 4 great storyline s, decide you can t decide which one to turn into a novel and go readers will get it let s just put them all in one book No Oh, and for good measure let it all happen o Please tell me this author was high when this book was written It s classified under sci fi but that is a microscopic portion of an entirely disjointed contemporary like tale The multiverse angle intrigued me but the only multiverse going on here was the weirdly cobbled together insane ideas Take 3 or 4 great storyline s, decide you can t decide which one to turn into a novel and go readers will get it let s just put them all in one book No Oh, and for good measure let it all happen over the course of three days including a return trip to Japan from the US Amy could ve been a strong, powerful female character but comes across as damaged goods for all the wrong reasons Dan, the annoying unemployed useless husband father is despicable in thoughts and deeds Add in an annoying child minded Silicon Valley genius, a tragic suicide, a post op transgender fling, the multiverse technology, some bat shit crazy offspring and voilaa load of crazy ass reading flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Danielle rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves 2019, adult fiction, before you ask yes she is, contemporary, rape and assault Like a lot of other reviews, I want to emphasize that while this sounds science fictiony, it s primarily based in real life There are some aspects involving technology that doesn t exist, but the multiverse part of the book is much philosophical what if I did this instead instead of actually trying to reverse your life.What made me realize that I really hated this book was how it centers itself around white people being shitty and not changing There s a lot that starts to build, but eve Like a lot of other reviews, I want to emphasize that while this sounds science fictiony, it s primarily based in real life There are some aspects involving technology that doesn t exist, but the multiverse part of the book is much philosophical what if I did this instead instead of actually trying to reverse your life.What made me realize that I really hated this book was how it centers itself around white people being shitty and not changing There s a lot that starts to build, but everything hits when view spoiler the older son s friend, who is Chinese, kills himself hide spoiler and that kind of sealed it for me I feel like this is hard to talk about without revealing who the spoiler is about, so I m just going to say it all view spoiler Asian culture and mental health is something that s very important to me, and I really hate the way Schulman wrote it here, especially being a white woman and making the story about a white family It s a topic that I think white people aren t qualified to write about, and even though Schulman didn t attempt to develop the characters than absolutely necessary, it left me with a bad feeling in my mouth, especially because the suicide was used to move the story along hide spoiler I felt like this was also emphasized in a supporting character that is a trans woman of color the dad starts an affair with her and the narrative continually repeats his surprise at being attracted to her and pondering her life pre transition It really fetishizes trans women when it won t let her just be a character and keeps saying she was male and analyzing her body in terms of being able to pass The rest of the book is just white people doing horrible things abusive workplace environments, playground bullying, cheating in multiple forms and pretty much anything else you can think of It jumps around to a bunch of perspectives to the point that you have to remind yourself who is who it would have been much less confusing if they had only stuck with the main family, but even that was still a lot.I wish this book actually had something to say about humanity, especially in its touted multiverses, but all I m coming away with is that people suck And the cycle starts again, which isn t something I really believe in flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 10, 2019 Daniel rated it liked it Interesting book On the one hand, it s extremely readable, such that I read it almost in one sitting The details of Palo Alto life are also strikingly accurate Almost too much so it nearly reads like a laundry list of details, but as a longtime Silicon Valley resident, they all feel true Among the many specific details that only SV residents can understand that the book gets right are Printers Inc coffee, the chips and salsa at Palo Alto Sol, Philz Coffee, the California Ave Farmers Market Interesting book On the one hand, it s extremely readable, such that I read it almost in one sitting The details of Palo Alto life are also strikingly accurate Almost too much so it nearly reads like a laundry list of details, but as a longtime Silicon Valley resident, they all feel true Among the many specific details that only SV residents can understand that the book gets right are Printers Inc coffee, the chips and salsa at Palo Alto Sol, Philz Coffee, the California Ave Farmers Market, Strauss Dairy, the Waldorf school, Hotel 22, the late night high school kids at Happy Donuts, Mem Chu, and the Nut House It gets Palo Alto life totally right.On the other hand, for all its readability the book doesn t come together Even though events occur, to the very end it feels like a setup for plot to happen than a story in itself Too many disparate elements including a truly random Texas subplot that don t feel like they resolve cohesively So in the end I both enjoyed the read and felt frustrated flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Jane rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves contemporary fiction The jacket oversold the multiverses this is really just a story of a family in crisis It s not bad, but it s not particularly special, either flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 25, 2018 Vicky Gottlieb rated it it was amazing Come With Me, Helen Schulman s sixth novel, is a feat of both craft and storytelling On the surface it is about a suburban family the parents, Amy and Dan, are dealing with middle age ennui, midlife unemployment, and marital resentments, their adolescent son Jack is navigating long distance love and hometown friendships, and Theo and Miles are much younger, behaviorally challenged twins Each of these main players has their own narrative along with a quirky, interesting supporting cast Altoge Come With Me, Helen Schulman s sixth novel, is a feat of both craft and storytelling On the surface it is about a suburban family the parents, Amy and Dan, are dealing with middle age ennui, midlife unemployment, and marital resentments, their adolescent son Jack is navigating long distance love and hometown friendships, and Theo and Miles are much younger, behaviorally challenged twins Each of these main players has their own narrative along with a quirky, interesting supporting cast Altogether they comprise six to eight stories depending on your perspective , with just as many themes reality, regret and reconciliation, consciousness and conscience, free will versus destiny, to name a few that seamlessly intertwine into one that should engross and enchant every type of reader from those who love a page turner to literature lovers to philosophical thinkers Set in Silicon Valley, Donny, a Mark Zuckerberg wannabe, has a start up that s creating goggles to access multiverses, essentially parallel universes where our life plays out differently He uses Amy to test the goggles, and through them she virtually experiences alternative realities wrought by alternative choices Dan, on the other hand, upends his here and now to forge a new life that he experiences in real time Schulman juxtaposes these scenarios to delve into whether the answers to what if impact the present and how they change us If this sounds sci fi y, it isn t, though it is by turns cool and terrifying, adjectives which also apply to the day to day circumstances these exquisitely flawed yet wholly sympathetic characters are plunked into, evoking in each of them our least and most flattering qualities, motives, and impulses Come With Me resonates as an exploration of personal responsibility and fidelity, as an examination of the ethical quandaries imposed by technology s rapidly changing frontiers, and as a pleasurable, easy to read escape into someone else s dysfunctional family One thing is certain in this and every multiverse Schulman has gifted us with an other enduring, relevant work of fiction flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Wendy rated it did not like it Shelves not finishing Mind blowingly brilliant Provocative, profound and yes, a little unsettling I don t know who said that about this book, but, after listening to two and a half hours of the audio book, I can tell you the Mind blowingly brilliant part hasn t happened yet and it s too uninteresting and dull to go on flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Pamelajay rated it did not like it ugh couldn t even finish flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Jan 02, 2019 Jordan Conerty rated it liked it The virtue of this book is that it immitates a few too true and too real qualities of everyday life The drawbacks, for me, were a choppier plot and too many under developed characters A fast read, to be sure, and emotional at times, but ultimately the mundane nature of it s everydayness made me glad to put it down flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Sally Drake rated it it was amazing A timely and riveting novel about technology, social media, mid life crisis, adolescents and family crisis Best novel I ve read about how social media affects modern family dynamics and that is told in a real, empathetic way that avoids dystopian judgement or holier than thou conclusions flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 26, 2018 Sarah Beth rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves harpercollins advance reader copies I received an uncorrected proof copy of this novel from HarperCollins.Amy is a frustrated mother of three who works part time for her college roommate s college aged son in Palo Alto, California Her boss Donny is exploring ways to allow people to access paths their lives might have taken had they made different choices through a type of virtual reality technology and is using Amy as his test subject Meanwhile, Amy s husband Dan is an unemployed journalist and their marriage has taken significa I received an uncorrected proof copy of this novel from HarperCollins.Amy is a frustrated mother of three who works part time for her college roommate s college aged son in Palo Alto, California Her boss Donny is exploring ways to allow people to access paths their lives might have taken had they made different choices through a type of virtual reality technology and is using Amy as his test subject Meanwhile, Amy s husband Dan is an unemployed journalist and their marriage has taken significant hits due to his layoff and the stress of their three sons Without telling his wife, Dan travels to Japan to explore his interest in a photographer and to see if he can find passion in a writing assignment again There was a lot going on in this novel including marital drama, professional angst, teenage drama and tragedy, the tech industry, journalism, sci fi exploration of alternate life routes, learning differences, parenting challenges, global crises, and Based on the novel s description, I anticipated that Donny s exploration of multiverses would figure heavily into the novel, but really that was one thread of the novel, with the majority being a family drama focused on Amy, Dan, and their children s struggles Donny s technology does help Amy explore what might have been if she hadn t married Dan but the few scenes feel so background to the main storyline as to make them feel like random non sequiturs A lot of the characters in this novel aren t particularly likeable In particular, I found Donny, Maryam, and Dan distasteful in different ways For that matter, Amy herself wasn t particularly likeable She seems resentful of her children and her job, spends most of her time running to escape her family, and is only really praised by other characters for being attractive While the writing was well done, I did feel like the multiple threads of this novel didn t fully come together into a cohesive and meaningful conclusion but were left dangling just as they were haphazardly introduced An interesting premise with relevant topics that fell short of my expectations flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Susan Neuwirth rated it liked it I listened to it and it seemed to go on on But after 8 hours I felt I had to finish to the 11 1 2 time NYT recommended book Took place in Palo Alto and Marin very accurately so author must have lived here at some point Amy, main character, worked for AI company but I never felt that was what the story was about Lots of writing about water polo that I liked but her husband was a loser I thought her twins weren t that interesting either Vivid see below is not a word I would use I listened to it and it seemed to go on on But after 8 hours I felt I had to finish to the 11 1 2 time NYT recommended book Took place in Palo Alto and Marin very accurately so author must have lived here at some point Amy, main character, worked for AI company but I never felt that was what the story was about Lots of writing about water polo that I liked but her husband was a loser I thought her twins weren t that interesting either Vivid see below is not a word I would use to describe the story The story Amy Reed works part time as a PR person for a tech start up, run by her college roommate s nineteen year old son, in Palo Alto, California Donny is a baby genius, a junior at Stanford in his spare time His play for fortune is an algorithm that may allow people access to their multiverses all the planes on which their alternative life choices can be played out simultaneously to see how the decisions they ve made have shaped their lives.Donny wants Amy to be his guinea pig And even as she questions Donny s theories and motives, Amy finds herself unable to resist the lure of the road s not taken Who would she be if she had made different choices, loved different people Where would she be now Amy s husband, Dan an unemployed, perhaps unemployable, print journalist accepts a dare of his own, accompanying a seductive, award winning photographer named Maryam on a trip to Fukushima, the Japanese city devastated by tsunami and meltdown Collaborating with Maryam, Dan feels a renewed sense of excitement and possibility he hasn t felt with his wife in a long time But when crisis hits at home, the extent of Dan s betrayal is exposed and, as Amy contemplates alternative lives, the couple must confront whether the distances between them in the here and now are irreconcilable.Taking place over three non consecutive but vitally important days for Amy, Dan, and their three sons, Come with Me is searing, entertaining, and unexpected a dark comedy that is ultimately both a deeply romantic love story and a vivid tapestry of modern life flag Like see review Jan 03, 2019 Megan Collins rated it it was ok review of another edition I wanted to love COME WITH ME by HelenSchulman but I didn t From when I started it, I could tell it was going to be disappointingE WITH ME follows a family in Silicon Valley with working mom Amy at its center Amy is head of PR at a start up run by her best friends son, Donny who has an idea for an app that lets people explore what if s in life Meanwhile, Amy s husband Dan is going through a mid life crisis seeking solace in a mysterious and worldly woman he meets at a bar Their three so I wanted to love COME WITH ME by HelenSchulman but I didn t From when I started it, I could tell it was going to be disappointingE WITH ME follows a family in Silicon Valley with working mom Amy at its center Amy is head of PR at a start up run by her best friends son, Donny who has an idea for an app that lets people explore what if s in life Meanwhile, Amy s husband Dan is going through a mid life crisis seeking solace in a mysterious and worldly woman he meets at a bar Their three sons have troubles of their own, teenage Jack lives his life tethered to his phone FaceTiming with long distance girlfriend, Lily Then there are the younger ones, twins Theo and Milo Theo has some sort of nondescript developmental challenges that have him constantly getting in trouble at school Sounds interesting, right Wrong.This book goes on so many tangents that lead nowhere it was infuriating It also suffers from what I ve come to call The Longest Road syndrome after the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same wherein it seems the author had two half written books they forced together Amy and Dan s plot lines diverge so randomly I couldn t wrap my head around how I was reading the same book from one chapter to the next It wasn t THAT BAD, it just wasn t what it billed itself as This failure to live up to expectations was what took it down a notch further for me Parts were really strong and there was a lot of potential for greatness There were so many interesting ideas and concepts that weren t as flushed out as they could have been unfortunately flag Like see review Jan 04, 2019 Colton rated it it was ok This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The book can easily be broken down using what we think is good pace and smart ideas.Come With Me introduces over 10 characters in 125 pages If that hurts to think about, don t read this book.Come With Me introduces a new character and has them commit suicide in a single chapter We could argue that knowing the character or not would never satisfy or explain a suicide, but in creative writing 101 this is never a good idea.The book attempts a Jonathan Franzen like collision of multiple problems p The book can easily be broken down using what we think is good pace and smart ideas.Come With Me introduces over 10 characters in 125 pages If that hurts to think about, don t read this book.Come With Me introduces a new character and has them commit suicide in a single chapter We could argue that knowing the character or not would never satisfy or explain a suicide, but in creative writing 101 this is never a good idea.The book attempts a Jonathan Franzen like collision of multiple problems placed on a character to end part two Unfortunately, the pace is too slow Whole paragraphs are dedicated to drinking coffee or running around Palo Alto, while important characterizations, plot developments, and flashbacks, are missing The timing of the collision is all wrong.There is movement in this book, but little action At 300 pages, it is too short Whole characters should have been removed, while others should have been minimized.The dialogue is sometimes clever and sometimes smarmy, depending on your taste The author s background screenwriting credits make the explanation for this kind of dialogue abundantly clear.The third part of the book feels little like the first two, with big explanatory paragraphs of intentions versus reality, and melodrama.Could this book have been saved Yes More time with Dan and Amy, the two parents, and less time with everyone else Instead, the book winds up too many clocks that do not chime at the same time flag Like see review Jul 21, 2018 Andrew rated it it was ok I did not overly enjoy Come With me, there are no chapters per se, just indents for changes of character perspective I am not sure if that is just because I read an advanced copy or that was just the style, but I found it led to some of the confusion I had whilst reading Also, at times it was difficult to always at first distinguish a change in characters because of the first person view and there being some who were only featured briefly.The plot was another piece that I found slippery and no I did not overly enjoy Come With me, there are no chapters per se, just indents for changes of character perspective I am not sure if that is just because I read an advanced copy or that was just the style, but I found it led to some of the confusion I had whilst reading Also, at times it was difficult to always at first distinguish a change in characters because of the first person view and there being some who were only featured briefly.The plot was another piece that I found slippery and not overly solid There was too much going on and it was like reading multiple pieces of different stories that did not always tie together very well There were parts of the story that did not necessarily need to be included to see that Amy s family was having troubles The multiverse part of the book may have been better if the story had been different stories of Amy rather than her life and family falling apart Donny was my favorite character because he was written as a child in a grown ups body who also happened to run a technology business I found Amy to definitely be a mother who would do anything to protect her family Dan was dysfunctional and an oddball Then, their sons, Jack, Miles and Theo were given well defined attributes and personalities.I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys reading about modern day life and the common day struggles that families may face in the US flag Like see review Jan 20, 2019 Susan rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves novels Helen Schulman s novel Come With Me fleshes out the fascinating premiss that our virtual lives can become even real than our lived lives Is it just me, haunted by Del Schwartz s catchy story title, In Dreams Begin Responsibilities, or is overlap between dreams and virtuality obvious I was not surprised when Amy, the middle aged mom protagonist who is helping her best friend s Stanford freshman son Donny data mine her dreams for commercial tie ins, barfs when presented with alternate Helen Schulman s novel Come With Me fleshes out the fascinating premiss that our virtual lives can become even real than our lived lives Is it just me, haunted by Del Schwartz s catchy story title, In Dreams Begin Responsibilities, or is overlap between dreams and virtuality obvious I was not surprised when Amy, the middle aged mom protagonist who is helping her best friend s Stanford freshman son Donny data mine her dreams for commercial tie ins, barfs when presented with alternate realities, sliding door fantasies She sees what it would have been like, for instance, to have a daughter instead of the miscarriage that did occur, and that she would always end up with her same unemployed journalist husband Dan.Although she appears satisfied with her hectic family life, Amy struggles to understand her little son Theo, an identical twin with budding Aspergers, and her cool bro older son Jack who conducts a satisfying relationship with his girl friend Lily over family dinners via an iPhone in his lap As the plot thickens, we get full portraits of the other characters, Lily s mom and Amy s husband Dan, while Amy begins to take control of her actually overflowing life, an exploding unmatched set of fire crackers To say would spill the beans The writing is kind of cartoonish, suitable as a hip scenario flag Like see review Jan 06, 2019 Anne Wolfe rated it really liked it review of another edition Amy Reed is a wife, mother, runner, PR person and guinea pig for a Stanford University boy genius This novel is part literary chick lit, part science fiction and all based in west coast tech world.Amy s husband, a print journalist, has been unemployed for a while and is acting as house husband while Amy works on a possible big tech breakthrough with the young son of her best friend Lauren Donny has an idea that he can develop an algorithm to allow people to virtually visit alternative multiver Amy Reed is a wife, mother, runner, PR person and guinea pig for a Stanford University boy genius This novel is part literary chick lit, part science fiction and all based in west coast tech world.Amy s husband, a print journalist, has been unemployed for a while and is acting as house husband while Amy works on a possible big tech breakthrough with the young son of her best friend Lauren Donny has an idea that he can develop an algorithm to allow people to virtually visit alternative multiverses Within these it is possible to see what your life would have been like if you had made different choices Whom did you marry, which job did you accept, what was your college major But don t let this description keep you from what is a well researched and beautifully written novel about love, marriage and the challenges of raising children in this current world Dan, Amy s husband, follows a beautiful transgender woman to Japan to do a documentary about the unresolved radiation nightmare that is Fukishima after the earthquake and tsunami.The characters, children and dog included, are fully drawn and realized The love story is a believable one The premise is not so far fetched as it might have been a few years ago, but it is certainly not the prime reason for reading Come With Me Sheer pleasure is the prime reason for reading Helen Schulman s book flag Like see review Jan 06, 2019 Jenni Link rated it did not like it The premise of this book is promisingly Black Mirror esque a VR app that uses your accumulated personal data to allow you to experience alternate versions of your own life What if you had married that old boyfriend Taken a different first job Not lost your parent at a young age We all imagine where these different results might have taken us, so it s plausible that venturing into the what ifs in this way would be compelling to the point of addiction Unfortunately, everyone in the book is The premise of this book is promisingly Black Mirror esque a VR app that uses your accumulated personal data to allow you to experience alternate versions of your own life What if you had married that old boyfriend Taken a different first job Not lost your parent at a young age We all imagine where these different results might have taken us, so it s plausible that venturing into the what ifs in this way would be compelling to the point of addiction Unfortunately, everyone in the book is pretty horrible even at the times when they re supposed to be likable Part of their horribleness is by design, since, like Black Mirror, this book points out the ways in which we already spend time with virtual versions of everyone around us, whether because we re interacting through texts and screens or simply because we re preoccupied, self involved, and often project our ideas of who we think other people are than actually attune to their real needs and desires But I just didn t like anyone in the book They are Silicon Valley yuppies, obsessed with money, status, and real estate, complaining of how trapped they are while ordering takeout nightly, living in a Palo Alto bungalow that would sell for enough to join the 1% in flyover country I couldn t relate, and didn t really want to The multiverse storyline was not robust enough to make up for that flag Like see review Dec 08, 2018 Linda rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, contemporary fiction Kind of a disappointing read because I loved her last book but this one was just ok for me It has an interesting premise but it felt like she was trying to do way too much with it it almost reads like she had 2 or 3 different ideas for a novel that she couldn t complete so she just jammed them all into one book only loosely tied to the idea of multiverses and so wasn t able to fully develop any of the storylines I thought it was especially weird that the ending just fizzled out the way it Kind of a disappointing read because I loved her last book but this one was just ok for me It has an interesting premise but it felt like she was trying to do way too much with it it almost reads like she had 2 or 3 different ideas for a novel that she couldn t complete so she just jammed them all into one book only loosely tied to the idea of multiverses and so wasn t able to fully develop any of the storylines I thought it was especially weird that the ending just fizzled out the way it did I liked the idea that Dan was in all of Amy s multiverses and the realization that she wouldn t have any of her boys without Dan but given that the novel ended pretty much right after that discovery, it didn t carry as much of an impact as it could have if there had been to follow.To be honest, I think it would have been a much better book if she had just dropped the multiverse idea altogether and written a novel about what happens when an unexpected tragedy occurs and it is discovered that the husband has been lying about where he is and why Her writing was strongest by far in those sections she was obviously on shaky ground in all of the sci fi descriptions and she should have developed them thoroughly flag Like see review Sep 30, 2018 kglibrarian rated it liked it Shelves contemporary fiction, science fiction Set in Silicon Valley and following the lives of Amy Reed, her husband, Dan Messinger, and their three boys, Come With Me is an interesting juxtaposition of many different aspects of existence Amy, who works for a startup tech company, is asked to be the first to test a new technology that allows people to view the different paths their lives may have taken The scenes where she experiences this fascinating virtual reality are compelling, but happen too infrequently within the novel to build mu Set in Silicon Valley and following the lives of Amy Reed, her husband, Dan Messinger, and their three boys, Come With Me is an interesting juxtaposition of many different aspects of existence Amy, who works for a startup tech company, is asked to be the first to test a new technology that allows people to view the different paths their lives may have taken The scenes where she experiences this fascinating virtual reality are compelling, but happen too infrequently within the novel to build much momentum Instead, Schulman shifts from mundane family interactions and time spent at the office, to other short lived glimpses of the characters lives, such as an outdoor run or a supposed business trip While there are many meaningful ideas explored, especially toward the end of the book when Dan visits the remains of an environmental disaster and tragedy strikes while he is gone, each one is cut short by the small amount of space devoted to it I was interested in the characters and wished the author went deeply into their development Schulman writes with subtle humor and perfectly captures the vibe of Silicon Valley flag Like see review Dec 04, 2018 Jessica rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves partner read Thanks to Harper for the free copy in exchange for my honest reviewWhen reading the synopsis of COME WITH ME by Helen Schulman, I was expecting something completely different from what I read It s really a shame when this happens to books being mismarketed or having a synopsis that misrepresents the story can sometimes ruin the reading experience.I was hoping to read about the experiments and experiences that Amy was going to be subjected to as the guinea pig in Donny s work I was antic Thanks to Harper for the free copy in exchange for my honest reviewWhen reading the synopsis of COME WITH ME by Helen Schulman, I was expecting something completely different from what I read It s really a shame when this happens to books being mismarketed or having a synopsis that misrepresents the story can sometimes ruin the reading experience.I was hoping to read about the experiments and experiences that Amy was going to be subjected to as the guinea pig in Donny s work I was anticipating with multiverses, which is a topic that fascinates me There were a lot of different characters to keep track of and there were moments in the book where they kind of meshed together for me Perspectives would change and it wasn t clear that or I just missed the transition.Overall, I think this was so a reader mismatch mixed with a misleading synopsis going into it I would probably say this is of a drama than science fiction flag Like see review Jan 16, 2019 Michele Addy shadoian rated it did not like it Shelves abandoned I could not make myself finish this book The writing seemed pretentious, referencing life in San Francisco and Swiss sculptors had to Google that as if every reader should know what the author is talking about Writers are supposed to provide details of everyday life in order to draw the reader into the story s world Unfortunately, I was not drawn in I didn t care about the characters I love dark comedy this is not that I tried to push myself when I saw that Chloe Benjamin author of the I could not make myself finish this book The writing seemed pretentious, referencing life in San Francisco and Swiss sculptors had to Google that as if every reader should know what the author is talking about Writers are supposed to provide details of everyday life in order to draw the reader into the story s world Unfortunately, I was not drawn in I didn t care about the characters I love dark comedy this is not that I tried to push myself when I saw that Chloe Benjamin author of the Immortalists, which I did enjoy gave a positive review I usually feel guilty about not seeing a book through, but in this case my aggravation won out It also propelled me to write a review, which I rarely do flag Like see review Jan 15, 2019 Jessica rated it it was ok Thanks to the publisher for a free review copy of Come With Me.I was really looking forward to this one based on the synopsis A family living in Silicon Valley, emerging technology, and possible infidelity Ultimately it didn t work for me I felt like the characters weren t fully developed, and the husband and wife storylines were completely disjointed, to the extent that it felt like two separate books This was of a drawn out family drama than a sci fi tech book I m not sure who I d r Thanks to the publisher for a free review copy of Come With Me.I was really looking forward to this one based on the synopsis A family living in Silicon Valley, emerging technology, and possible infidelity Ultimately it didn t work for me I felt like the characters weren t fully developed, and the husband and wife storylines were completely disjointed, to the extent that it felt like two separate books This was of a drawn out family drama than a sci fi tech book I m not sure who I d recommend this to Perhaps if you enjoy the HBO series Silicon Valley and are also interested in family drama and the nuclear disaster at Fukushima If that sounds totally random to you then this isn t the book for you flag Like see review Jan 09, 2019 Kay Wright rated it it was ok Got through 100 or so pages before quitting Typical story of couple with a crisis in their marriage that neither recognizes The kids, all boys, are cartoonish Calling the twins thing one and thing two is not original or clever it s dated So is a reporter out of work and looking for meaning On top of these way too over used memes the author places a thick layer of supposedly up to the minute computer jargon Even someone my ancient age can smell how out of step the author is with what s r Got through 100 or so pages before quitting Typical story of couple with a crisis in their marriage that neither recognizes The kids, all boys, are cartoonish Calling the twins thing one and thing two is not original or clever it s dated So is a reporter out of work and looking for meaning On top of these way too over used memes the author places a thick layer of supposedly up to the minute computer jargon Even someone my ancient age can smell how out of step the author is with what s really happening in Silicon Valley The fact that Netflix has already developed a movie where you make choices and it changes the storyline should tell you this book missed its mark by at least a decade flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Helen Schulman writes fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays She is a professor of writing and fiction chair in the MFA program at The New School She lives in New York City with her family.


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    1. This book was entirely not what I expected it to be Based on the synopsis I expected in the way of multiverses and the experiences Amy would have as a guinea pig to Donny in his experiment This has been a subject that has always fascinated me How many different lives could you be living what if you had made different decisions what would your life be like now While this book did touch on that, I felt it was not the focus at all during my read, which was disappointing.There are a lo This book wa [...]


    2. It was a cowardly move, he knew, but he was a coward.As has already been established here on , I was a big fan of Schulman s novel P.S. but was underwhelmed by the recent This Beautiful Life Initially, to my dismay, Come with Me seemed to have a lot in common with the latter book Privileged white straight middle aged married couple wife in a constant state of feeling put upon, husband completely clueless in the emotional intelligence department, teenage son depressin [...]


    3. At first I was unsure what the balance in this book would be between domestic drama and surreal science fiction trappings It turns out that it is 95% drama and 5% sci fi, so if you don t read a lot of sci fi you have nothing to worry about And like the best sci fi, that part of the plot is really just a chance to consider our characters in depth And while the startup Silicon Valley setting also plays an important role in the story, it s not the focus either This should have all been jus At firs [...]


    4. The synopsis of this book, described as exploring parallel lives in multiple universes, sounded so exciting but the reality was much less I had to interrupt my reading for a few days and was shocked to realize that I had not retained any details about the story The characters and plot just did not engage me The sci fi aspect could just as easily be described as mildly hallucinatory experiences with pot in a sensory deprivation chamber But, why bother The tale is about an unhappy marriage an The [...]


    5. This book tested my patience On the one hand, I didn t enter into it with any expectations Unlike some, I wasn t really sure how much the multiverse aspect would play into the story so I wasn t disappointed when it took a backseat to the marital discord of Amy and Dan However, there was also a lot here that felt like too much information for the sake of filling pages.I didn t need a play by play of all the ways in which a marriage can fall to the wayside Nor was I interested in the far too c Thi [...]


    6. I d prefer not to end a strong reading week on a negative note, but have you ever read a book that feels like a case of false advertising As in, if you had paid for it you would have demanded a full refund That s how I feel about Come With Me Here s the synopsis Amy Reed works part time as a PR person for a tech start up, run by her college roommate s nineteen year old son, in Palo Alto, California Donny is a baby genius, a junior at Stanford in his spare time His play for fortune [...]


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