New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Weiner returns with an irresistible story about a young woman trying to make it in Hollywood....
At 23, Ruth Saunders headed west with her 70-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she's hit the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Big Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie's going to be the show-runner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on a boss, and her grandmother's impending nuptials.
Set against the fascinating backdrop of Los Angeles show-business culture, with an insider's ear and eye for writer's rooms, bad behavior backstage, and set politics, Jennifer Weiner's new novel is a rollicking ride on the Hollywood rollercoaster and a heartfelt story about what it's like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true.
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"A writer of innate brilliance." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Jennifer Weiner's best-selling novels twist humor and topical issues into can't-put-down stories." (Houston Chronicle)
"Hilarious, heartbreaking, and insightful, Weiner shows she can write with exquisite tenderness as well as humor." (The Miami Herald)
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?"
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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
I loved the audio version - the narrator was great!
not sure??? what other book I'd compare it to - pretty original story - very detailed.
Her voice is familiar - I'm sure I have - I've listened to so many audio books that I can't keep track of the narrators.
Hollywood is just as plastic and superficial as you wood think.
Loved the story and the writing. I always look forward to Jennifer Weiner's new novels (I've read all of them). I get totally sucked into the story - great details - great characters.
Its a nice light read. Characters you care about. Not too deep. How a TV show is made was interesting.
Anytime Ruthie's Grandmother was around.
Great narration. Voice matched lead character well.
You felt for Ruthie's idealism.
Summer Beach type of read.
This may have been a good story, I usually like Jennifer Weiner, but I found the main character and the narrator annoying. Too much self pity. I'm not unsympathetic to a person injured and scarred in childhood, but once she was an adult with the dream job etc- maybe she could have lightened up. Of course that would have been a different book. I wish I would have listened to that one.
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