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The Next Best Thing: A Novel

by Jennifer Weiner
Read by Olivia Thirlby

Simon & Schuster Audio | July 3, 2012 | Audio Book (CD)

The Next Best Thing: A Novel is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
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.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.88 × 5.12 × 0.8 in

Published: July 3, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442348925

ISBN - 13: 9781442348929

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect escapism The Good Stuff It was just a fun read that made me cry at times Fabulous secondary characters Ruth is just a funny likeable realistic women -- sort of a combination of Tina Fey/Mindy Kaling Learned a lot about working on a sitcom fun snappy dialogue and nice sweet conversations Love the relationship between Ruth and her grandma - in fact I would love to read a whole book about Ruth The two Dave's are awesome - I also have a literary crush on little Dave who has the same Han Solo/Carbonite ice cube tray as me (sorta reminds me of another one of my crushes'&) I will be lending this one out a lot as I just really enjoyed it, having a hard time telling you why, I just did. Just one of those perfect books to lose yourself in Will say this one will definitely be made into a movie Had me remembering and wanting to re-watch The Golden Girls Got a kick of all the mentions about social media The scenes between the writers meeting were tons of fun The Not So Good Stuff story doesn't flow neatly - it goes back and forth a little which made me feel a little disjointed at times Ruth makes some stupid decisions that make me want to smack her -- it does work for the story though Jake's friends think I'm weird since I had tears rolling down my face while I was reading (They are 10 - they think all old people are weird anyways) Favorite Quotes/Passages "I opened the notebook and wrote, I will never be beautiful. Then I shut my eyes, turned my face toward the wall, and pretended I'd fallen asleep. That was the only night I ever saw my grandmother cry. She picked up the notebook, read what I'd written, closed it slowly, and turned toward the window. I saw her reflection in the glass, saw her shoulders hitching up and down, saw tears shining on her cheeks as she whispered, fiercely, over and over, Not fair, not fair, not fair." "Mazel tov," said Maya. Maya wasn't Jewish - at least, not as far as I knew-but in Hollywood almost everyone ended up what the Daves called Tribe by Osmosis, comfortable dropping the occasional phrase in Yiddish, and knowing better that to set lunch meetings on Yom Kippur or send a muffin basket during Passover." "I remember," Dave continued, "one of my philosophy professors once said that "Why do we suffer? is the question that's driven every religion that's ever lasted," "So what's the answer?" I asked. "Why do we suffer? What does it mean? What is it for?" Dave thought for a moment, his eyes on the ceiling, fingers drumming on the comforter. " I don't remember," he said. "I think I dropped the class." He shook his head at the memory of his college-age self. "I only signed up in the first place because I thought I was in live with this girl, and she was a philosophy major." Who Should/Shouldn't Read If you have read Jennifer's other books, you obviously will enjoy this on Fans of the so-called (and not always in a good way unfortunately) chick lit -- this is fabulous for you (and Chick Lit isn't bad so piss off all you haters) 4.5 Dewey's I won this on Twitter from YMCBookalicious - thanks Wanda it was just what I needed
Date published: 2012-07-24

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The Next Best Thing: A Novel

The Next Best Thing: A Novel

by Jennifer Weiner
Read by Olivia Thirlby

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.88 × 5.12 × 0.8 in

Published: July 3, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442348925

ISBN - 13: 9781442348929

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Jennifer Weiner grew up in Simsbury, Connecticut. She attended Princeton University, where she studied with John McPhee, Toni Morrison and Joyce Carol Oates. She is currently a reporter/columnist at the "Philadelphia Inquirer" and a contributing editor at "Mademoiselle". Her short stories have been published in "Seventeen" and "Redbook". Her freelance work appears in Salon.com, "Time Out New York", "Animal Fair", the "Columbia Journalism Review" and "Seventeen". She lives in Philadelphia and appears regularly on "Philly after Midnight," Philadelphia's local late-night television show, as a commentator.

Editorial Reviews

“Weiner is a chick-lit writer with chops—and she puts them to expert use in this funny, feel-good tale.”