The Next Best Thing
By Jennifer Weiner
Blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner returns with an irresistible story about a young woman trying to make it in Hollywood…
Actors aren’t the only ones trying to make it in Hollywood.…At twenty-three, Ruth Saunders left her childhood home in Massachusetts and headed west with her seventy-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to make it as a screenwriter. Six years later, she hits the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Best Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie’s going to be the showrunner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on her boss, and her grandmother’s impending nuptials.
Set against the fascinating backdrop of Los Angeles show business culture, with an insider’s ear for writer’s room showdowns and an eye for bad backstage behavior and set politics, Jennifer Weiner’s new novel is a rollicking ride on the Hollywood roller coaster, a heartfelt story about what it’s like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true.
Just okay3By 91234567lawI usually love Jennifer wieners books, but this one was just okay. It dragged along and there were no real surprises. Would have been better if she cut short some of the television drama and focused more on Ruth's life with Dave. The best part was the end, when it finally got interesting
Great beach read5By martha marcusA group of girlfriends and I all took this to the beach the same week! We enjoyed the book so much we are planning another beach book club with the author. Funny, heartbreaking, inspiring, and a true "too close to home" book.
Horrible1By Bgreens34Very boring! Needed to skip over the part when she wrote about the characters on her show. Loved the parts when she takes about her life with grandma and the Daves.
Is there a sequel?5By Gabster0618Excellent novel. Intelligently written, exquisite word choice, lovable characters. I didn't want the book to end. I'm hoping for a sequel.
The next big thing1By HlombarHorrible!!! It was painful to read.... I had to force myself to finish it.
The next best thing1By PamiwigleJumps around tooooo much.....tooooo much info on each character!!!!!!
The Next Best Thing....hmmm not so sure about that2By KagjdmI've read all of Weiner's books and I was disappointed after reading "The Next Best Thing". It was lackluster, predictable and didn't leave me with that I can't put this book down feeling. I'll remain hopeful that her next book exhibits the same characteristics and charm as some of her earlier work.
Amazing5By MommyshellzI fell in love with this story and found myself falling asleep gripping my iPhone. I am very pleased by the ending as well!
Great!5By NmpodoAs always another great book from Jennifer.
Jennifer Weiner 10.05By PrincessJulieJennifer Weiner is a seasoned author that any up and coming writer should want to emulate. The Next Best Thing, in addition to her 9 other books, and short stories reside on my bookshelf or i-device. Her stories never disappoint, with characters that you want to win. The Next Best Thing holds your attention with Ruth's bumpy ride on her life's path and bumps along the way the reader can only hope work out. Her character grows immensely from beginning to end into the beautiful person the reader already knows she is. Unpredictable, with surprises and little wrinkles sprinkled through out, The Next Best Thing ended too soon. As a side note, holding a Masters degree, this reader was surprised there were about a dozen words to look up for their meaning. You go Jennifer Weiner - challenge your readers!