The Next Best Thing

The Next Best Thing

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
Believing she is realizing her dreams when her sitcom is bought, television writer Ruth Saunders finds her happiness threatened by demanding actors and executives as well as an unrequited crush on her boss and her septuagenarian grandmother's upcoming wedding. 500,000 first printing.

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& Taylor

Believing she is realizing her dreams when her sitcom is bought, television writer Ruth Saunders finds her happiness threatened by demanding actors and executives as well as an unrequited crush on her boss and her septuagenarian grandmother's upcoming wedding.

Simon and Schuster
Blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner returns with an irresistible story about a young woman trying to make it in Hollywood…

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, 2012
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451617757
1451617755
9781451617771
Characteristics: 389 p. ; 24 cm

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MplsPeggy
Jul 12, 2016

This book was deliciously BAD. I wanted some light summer reading, nothing that would lure me away from the many activities that we can enjoy when the thermometer peeks above 70, and this book totally fit the bill. It had at least 50 meticulous descriptions of characters' outfits, including accessories, the hallmark of really bad writing -- and almost as many detailed descriptions of meals. This author should be writing the sort of pap that appears in "women's" magazines. The plot plodded predictably along until the last chapter, which really was exciting. I would've loved to have read a book that BEGAN with that chapter. Still, if you want a light read that you can breeze through and not care about abandoning -- well, even then, you're better off with Danielle Steel or Jackie Collins. But, I've read worse books, and I really did enjoy the final chapter, so I'm giving it a star.

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AllisonCasa
Jun 28, 2013

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!

kittytama Jun 14, 2013

Wasn't as good as her others

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volken
Mar 15, 2013

Boring and predictable.

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terriflt
Jan 02, 2013

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.

sharonb122 Nov 27, 2012

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.

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natasha47
Nov 13, 2012

I love this book. It's good.

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jojo77
Aug 22, 2012

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.

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Oc2seattle
Aug 21, 2012

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

sablegirl Aug 19, 2012

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!

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