By Jennifer Weiner

Swim - Jennifer Weiner
  • Release Date: 2012-05-08
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 3.5
From 2,012 Ratings


The short story that inspired Jennifer Weiner’s novel The Next Best Thing.

Ruth has left her job writing for a hit television show for reasons she’d rather not discuss and is supplementing her increasingly dwindling savings with freelance writing projects—namely, helping anxious high school students craft a perfect college essay and lonely souls craft captivating online dating profiles. When she’s not working, she’s swimming—lap after lap at the local indoor pool, in a desperate attempt to wash away the sting of professional failure and heartbreak that she can’t seem to shake. It takes an unexpected client to show her that appearances can be deceiving, and that sometimes the bravest thing you can do is simply dive back in.


  • Swim

    By Pins4
    Loved the book. Very sad at times but very down to earth. Ya life isn’t always roses!
  • This is so good

    By Hunger Games Nerd
  • Swim

    By Kathy Las Vegas
    Sincere and thoughtful. Exciting and colorful characters
  • swim

    By ellstewart
    I am a big fan of all Jennifer's writing! She is down to earth with intense subjects. I always relate with her characters 😊
  • not read it yet

    By Nasro bourbia
    i didn't read this book yet but it seems good from the sample
  • Ok

    By MymyEdaj
    The book was interesting but there wasn't really a plot it was just very simple. But besides that it was good.
  • It was very good

    By Maiidesuu
    I just wish there would've been more to it..
  • Skeptical

    By birding reader
    Loved this (two) short stories!! They did tie in together somewhat but I was fascinated with both and died when they ended abruptly. After reading other reviews, I’m skeptical about buying a book. I want to know how these two stories end and I can’t decide if they will continue into the following book. I think I’ll get it at the local library and not buy it. If I’m disappointed it will be my time wasted not my purse.
  • What happens next?

    By KimberleeFaith
    I was confused as to why there were two separate stories - but the same main characters. I kept waiting for the two stories to get tied together - but they never did. The writing was very good - I was just left hanging with no ending to either story.
  • Good book

    By Hdudidjec
    I don't have much to say. It was good.