I loved SWM from The Guy Not Taken so I was really looking forward to this. The story was good. In fact at one point, I kind of stopped listening because I wasn't ready for it to end. But that's when I realized I wasn't grasping for more. The story was good, but not great. Not that it is completely comparable, but it's just nothing compared to Good in Bed.
I've always enjoyed Jennifer Weiner books and this one was no exception. I was unaware that she had a short run as a television writer herself which in hindsight makes the book that much more comical. After finding out more about “The State of Georgia,” I have to wonder how much of it was based on her experience. This was a really fast listen. I had previously read the short story “Swim” prior to listening to “The Next Best Thing” I would highly recommend it. Swim gives you a better background story of Ruth’s relationship with Rob and overall better foundation of Ruth’s history. I was so happy when I finished “Swim” to find out that Ruth’s story continued in “The Next Best Thing.”
Sometimes Jennifer Weiner's characters pick on themselves a little too much but they are SO real. This story got to me emotionally and had even my husband laughing when he heard snipets of it. Listening to stories like these have my work day flying by.
Olivia Thirlby's narration was great. She seemed to really get how the characters were feeling.
I usually love this writer and enjoyed the story as much as I could understand.
Mush mouth, couldn't you find someone who spoke clearly.
Performer is pleasant to listen to. I can read in the car while I'm driving and walking into work, doing my chores and exercising. Her books are easy reads. That is not bad. When I feel like a complicated book with multiple characters, I'll go to a different author.
Yes, and I have recommended it and her other books.
The main character.
Don't know, but it is a confusing title. Someone could have done a better job. That doesn't make the book less enjoyable, though.
I enjoyed learning about the writing industry in Hollywood.
I liked reading about how a writer can have one idea on their script and the studio has another. The studios usually wins, according to this novel.
I enjoyed Ruth's character. She was honest.
This is a quick read with a happy ending, typical of Jennifer Weiner.
I quite honestly may have read my last Jennifer Weiner book. I've read everything she's written so far, and I have to say that each book is more bitter than the last and this one is by far the worst.
I'm so sick of the soapbox/look-down-your-nose approach all her books take. She depicted every character in her Hollywood setting as a complete and utter sterotype, then basically took the approach that she, Ruth, was not like that because she wasn't skinny and had scars on her face. Gimme a break. It's like this with all Weiner's books lately. All the skinny people are evil; all the fat girls are intelligent and saintly.
I think Weiner thinks she is writing for this stupid "real women" genre (which is basically women who think it is okay to be fat) but she just comes across as bitter to me, and, before anyone goes thinking I'm probably beautiful and a size 2, I'm not. I'm a 5'4", and a size 10. AND, you'd even think I'd relate to Ruth more, because I have an unsusual and resistant case of psoriasis in which I have plaques all over my face.
What I've learned from my "plight" as a "real woman" is that no one is going to give me a prize for being chunky and having a disease on my face. It doesn't give me any right to look down my nose at others who have it better. The character of Ruth assumes things about others as much as she thinks they are assuming things about her.
Frankly, i'm starting to think that Weiner should put down the cheeseburger and drop a few so she is inspired to write more than stories about bitter fat people mixed with cheap political plugs.
Jennifer Weiner, as always, has written an interesting book. My only complaint is that The Next Best Thing has elements too similar to some of her other writing, which left me thinking, "Hey, have I already read/listened to this book?"
Foodie & Chick Lit Lover
It was a little slower to start, but once into the meat of it, a great story. Loved that it was a little different type of character and setting for the story. Behind-the-scenes look at the television industry was a fun backdrop.
This was well written and I fell in love with Ruthie and her grandma. The author's descriptions of the world of tv production sound very realistic and put me in the moment. I strongly recommend.