The Next Best Thing

A Novel

Weiner, Jennifer

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Next Best Thing
Blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner returns with an irresistible story about a young woman trying to make it in Hollywood... At three years old, Ruth Saunders miraculously survives the car crash that takes her parents' lives on the icy Massachusetts Turnpike. Her eccentric grandmother, who comes out of Florida retirement to care for young Ruth, nurtures her through years of surgeries, feeding her home-cooked meals, dispensing irreverent wisdom, and telling Ruth she's beautiful, even though her scars will stay with her forever. After college, Ruth pursues her dream of writing to Hollywood, heading west with her grandmother in tow, hoping to make it big in the world of TV. After years of failure and a badly broken heart, Ruth gets The Call-her show has been green-lit. But Ruth's happy ending is only the beginning, as she struggles with how television gets made: terrified (and terrifying) executives and actresses with their eyes on bigger prizes than Ruthie's show. Add in an unrequited crush on the man who has been her mentor. Add to that her grandmother's impending nuptials, and Ruth's big break might just break her. A rollicking ride on the Hollywood roller coaster, The Next Best Thing is a heartfelt story about a young woman searching for her own happily-ever-after in the land where dreams come true.

Publisher: New York : Atria Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9781451617764
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.

Nov 13, 2012

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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