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.
Funny, realistic love, & heart wrenching.
If you are looking for a love story that doesn't include buff hunks and sexy females this is for you.
Probably the interview scene with funny quirky back and forth between the main character and her soon to be love interest.
The main character. She is funny, insecure like the rest of us, and sincere.
I love how this scared woman has overcome her insecurity to live her life in the middle of Babelon among the pretty people of Hollywood, and still hold true to herself. I love that her happily ever after isn't another made up hunky man that every woman is going to drool over. It is a realistic romanic love affair that will leave you dreaming that it could happen to you!
I really like Jennifer Weiner and have enjoyed many of her books. The characters were predictable, but it was a good story. I didn't really care for Olivia Thirbly's voice though. It came off as a little whiny and baby-ish.
I didn't have a favorite character.
I don't think I will, no.
No, I think a sequel would ruin it. It was a good story, but not one that left me wanting more. I was pretty happy with the way it ended.
This was such a wonderful story. The author and narrator did such a great job at bringing Ruthie to life. I felt for her and rooted for her as she progressed from lowly writer to showrunner for a network TV show. I enjoyed learning the ins and outs of what it was like to run a show, the joys, the disappointments, the many compromises. And the romance was poignant. Ruthie and Dave were injured, scarred souls, afraid to reach out for what they wanted. They made a great couple. But be aware they aren't the usual couple you will read about in romance novels. Ruthie isn't the beautiful heroine and Dave isn't an alpha male or dashing rogue. But even so, I really enjoyed their romance. The ending was satisfying, though, it may have been a tad unrealistic. But this is fiction, so anything goes. This is a wonderful summer read for those who enjoy women's fiction.
Absolutely. I love Jennifer Weiner
Not her finest story, but still a great summer read.
Easy enough to listen to