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Come with Me

3.14  ·  Rating details ·  312 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Recommended 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
ebook, 320 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Harper
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Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
This book was entirely not what I expected it to be. Based on the synopsis I expected more 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
Jessica Woodbury
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 more 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 ...more
Julie Ehlers
It was a cowardly move, he knew, but he was a coward.

As has already been established here on Goodreads, I was a big fan of Schulman's novel P.S. but was underwhelmed by the more 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
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 ...more
Nov 21, 2018 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
Chris Roberts
Dec 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Novelists engaged in state of being
and or conscious conflagration,
realize they are oxygenated cliches and attempt and fail,
to make the reader shed a single, beautiful tear.


Chris Roberts, God Descendant
Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books
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 Goodreads 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
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 more 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
Vicky Gottlieb
Nov 25, 2018 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 ...more
Jan 10, 2019 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 ...more
Jan 04, 2019 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.
Jan 02, 2019 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.
Sally Drake
Jan 01, 2019 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.
Sarah Beth
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
Megan Collins
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 disappointing.

COME 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
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Jul 21, 2018 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
Anne Wolfe
Jan 06, 2019 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
Jenni Link
Jan 06, 2019 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partner-read
Thanks to Harper for the free copy in exchange for my honest review

When 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 more about the experiments and experiences that Amy was going to be subjected to as the guinea pig in Donny’s work. I was antic
Michele Addy shadoian
Jan 16, 2019 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 ...more
Jan 15, 2019 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 more of a drawn out family drama than a sci-fi/tech book. I’m not sure who I’d r
Kay Wright
Jan 09, 2019 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 ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-reading
Picked up this book because of the tech and the multiverse component. My bad. If I had expected a sensual (practically soft-core romance) family relationship drama with tragedy at it's nexus I wouldn't have been disappointed. It's like "The fault in our stars" meets "Origin" with women over 40 as the target audience. (Except tech and multiverse components are hugely unsatisfying because unlike Origin, we have no insight into how the tech works, or why the protagonist keeps subjecting herself to ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
“Dan wondered why most people never weighed the cost of love before they wagered on it.” pg. 237

How different would things be if we made different decisions? Can you imagine if different decisions did not include those you love now? This book explores that question during a chaotic time in Amy’s life after being exposed to the potential to find out.

I struggled to get into this book. Stick it out until part 2, the rambling starts to come together. However, I do believe finding out how different
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was similar to me, in a way, to They Both Die at the End. It takes an interesting science-fiction concept, in this case Multiverse Theory, and slips it into the background of a more mundane drama.

This was a very typical white liberal coastal family, and I felt at home with them throughout the book. My largest problem with the book was the same one I have with my own family, that the cis-het whiteness of the book allowed a tinge to minority characters that went unchallenged: An Asian k
Anika Rothingham
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Terrible. I have no idea why I read the whole thing. It wasn’t about what the book cover said it would be about. None of the characters are likable. It’s especially annoying to be in Dan’s mind. WAY too in his head. I have enough of that in my own head. Why would I want that from a book?

The Donny premise is totally bunk. So a woman’s best friend would tell her genius son absolutely every detail about her friend’s life, and the son would pay attention and care enough to re-create that life and s
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
What a disappointment. This book received a starred review in Kirkus. As another reviewer noted, expected a story about possible multi-verses, got a domestic melodrama. It's well written, but the story itself is pretty standard. Dad unemployed and going through a mid-life crisis, troubled youth, arrogant, snotty NorCal tech geniuses, and life is hard living in Palo Alto. The sections about the multi-verse technology was by far the best part of this book. Unfortunately the rest was pretty predict ...more
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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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