The Next Best Thing

A Novel

Weiner, Jennifer

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Next Best Thing
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.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9781451617757
Characteristics: 389 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jun 28, 2013
  • AllisonCasa rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I am a huge Jennifer Weiner fan - have read all of her books. This book, however was a big disappointment! It was boring and uneventful. I really hope her next book is good and that she is not on a downward trend!

Jun 14, 2013
  • kittytama rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Wasn't as good as her others

Mar 15, 2013
  • volken rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Boring and predictable.

Jan 02, 2013
  • terriflt rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Did not enjoy this book at all. I am finding that her books are very boring. Was even to the point where I didn't think I would finish it, but I did. The ending was better than I expected, but still, not in a hurry to read anymore of her books.

Nov 27, 2012
  • sharonb122 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as some others. The love story was interesting and watching the main character grow and become more confident in doing what she knew was right.

I love this book. It's good.

Aug 22, 2012
  • jojo77 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Jennifer Weiner is one of my favourite authors but this wasn't as good as the others. I usually don't want her book to end but this one I had a hard time getting through.

Aug 21, 2012
  • Oc2seattle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Strong characters and an interesting story about overcoming adversity, compromise and ingenuity.

Aug 19, 2012
  • sablegirl rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Not the best book I've read lately. The story line was slow moving and I found myself skipping a lot of the dialog. The last two or three chapters were the best but otherwise, not a "can't put down book." The only reason I couldn't put it down was because I was trying to get to the "good" part!

Aug 19, 2012
  • bridge1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Good characters, interesting plot, not much excitement though.

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