Come with Me by Helen Schulman

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, 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 reconfigure...

Details Come with Me

TitleCome with Me
Release DateNov 27th, 2018
GenreFiction, Science Fiction, Literary Fiction

Reviews Come with Me

  • 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 duri...
  • 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 n...
  • 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 intellig...
  • Emily B
    Throughout reading this book I questioned my enjoyment and wondered if I should continue reading. I did however finish and felt that it was two star novel. There seemed to be a lot of characters, too many for each individuals story and to be told and mean something. I felt the teen phone sex was weird and uncomfortable to read and did not add anything to the story. The part involving Yoshis story was very familiar to me that I felt deja vu readin...
  • Jennifer Tam
    A very very interesting book - it was a bit tough to get into but once I did, oh my - gives me lots to think about for me and my sons and future generations
  • Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books
    Id 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? Thats how I feel about Come With Me. Heres the Goodreads synopsis:Amy Reed works part-time as a PR person for a tech start-up, run by her college roommates nineteen-year-old son, in Palo Alto, California. Donny is a baby genius, a junior at St...
  • Suzanne
    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, wh...
  • Kimberley
    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 ...
  • Simon Firth
    I guess I'm not the ideal reader of this utterly mediocre novel. I live a couple of streets over from where its protagonists ostensibly live, so I notice whenever Schulman gets her geography wrong. My kids attend the schools it features, so I understand how they don't really function as described. I work in the two industries she writes about (journalism and high tech), which brings home the author's tenuous grip on the history and current realit...
  • Danielle
    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 cha...
  • Joel
    As a work of science fiction, this stinks. There's one potentially interesting (though devastatingly implausible and painfully underdeveloped) piece of future technology, and it makes exactly two appearances of about a page each in this 303-page book.However! As a work of literary fiction, this also stinks. I'm over the midlife crisis, doing-pretty-okay family dissolving narrative. Oh, this one is edgy because the woman the cheating husband falls...
  • Judith
    In the not too distant future perhaps, people will be able to take that " . . . road not taken" and experience first hand what their lives would have been like had they bought shares in Apple stock or married their first love. And that's one of the central themes of this book. A young tech start-up entrepreneur is in the process of inventing multiverses or the programs that make viewing/experiencing multiverses possible. And the first person he g...
  • Robin Bonne
    Picked this up because the sci-fi multiverse synopses sounded like a wild time. Instead, I got a book about a marriage that is struggling with almost no speculative elements.
  • Janet
    This book is a mess, and barely touches on this Goodreads synopsis: Amy Reed works part-time as a PR person for a tech start-up, run by her college roommates 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 simultaneouslyto s...
  • Natalie M
    Please tell me this author was high when this book was written? Its 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 storylines, decide you cant decide which one to turn into a novel and go readers will get it lets just put them all in one book! No! Oh, ...
  • Chris Roberts
    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
  • Jane
    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.
  • Nate Hawthorne
    Probably a 3.5, but the main character was a runner, so I bumped it up instead of down. Interesting perspectives on technology on existence. It kind d of wrapped up too quickly a d cleanly.
  • Daniel
    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 So...
  • Eowyn
    This isn't science fiction and isn't really about the multiverse. It's a mildly interesting story about a Palo Alto family going through midlife crises. I liked it okay.
  • Pamelajay
    ugh. couldn't even finish.
  • Jessica Adams
    To be honest , I didnt finish this book; because I hated it. Hence, the one star. I thought it sounded like such a cool plot. There wasnt a single character unliked though. In fact , I pretty much hated everyone in the book , and I didnt find the language or way it was written to be particularly engaging. Huge disappointment. To be honest , I didn’t finish this book; because I hated it. Hence, the one star. I thought it sounded like such a co...
  • Luna
    I literally rolled my eyes when I finished this book because it was such a waste of my time. And I feel kind of bad because so many people loved the book. To me it was:blah blah blah blah...shut up already. Just babbling. A briefly mentioned character turns into the major turning point of the book. A second grader speaks like a college student, and another second grader brings a $2,000.00 computer to school and is responsible for its care. A man ...
  • Wendy Golding
    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. “Mind-blowingly brilliant…. Provocative, profound and yes, a little unsettling.... I don't know who said that about this book, but, after li...
  • Stephanie
    "Attachment? Your definition, please?""Need, entanglement, intimacy, reliance, what stands between us and the abyss, the way an infant requires a parent, the way caring for a child makes one feel whole, the way partners share responsibilities, one taking over when the other one can't. Habit. Habituation. One's view of oneself. Who we are in the world." Often while in the midst of rambling conversations with my husband we'll end up spiraling down ...
  • Vicky Gottlieb
    Come With Me, Helen Schulmans 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 w...
  • Katie
    I really enjoyed this light novel but since lots of people apparently hate it (Amazon reviews), don't listen to me! It's about a family in Silicon Valley (Palo Alto) working and existing in the tech industry, but barely so. The husband is a former "dead tree" (print) journalist with no job currently, and the wife, Amy, is a lowly employee at a tech company whose boss is the 20-something son of her college roommate. How awkward.This kid (the boss)...
  • Nick Duretta
    I'm the kind of reader who wants to know what a story is about by the time I get more than a third of the way through it. This one didn't coalesce for me until about the three-quarters mark. Schulman is a deft writer who creates highly imagined characters in situations that could go in almost any direction. And that is both the flaw and ultimate meaning of this book. The protagonist is a woman (Amy) who works for a high tech firm in Silicon Valle...