The Next Best Thing: A Novel by Jennifer WeinerThe Next Best Thing: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner

The Next Best Thing: A Novel

byJennifer Weiner

Paperback | April 30, 2013

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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.
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...
Title:The Next Best Thing: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.3 inPublished:April 30, 2013Publisher:Washington Square PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1451617763

ISBN - 13:9781451617764

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Some good parts. There were definitely some very good and comedic parts in this book. But the rest of it disappointed me a lot. Ruth as a character is not enjoyable, even when you're suppose to be rooting for her, her Grandmother on the other hand, is more likable; the life lessons she gives Ruth is my favourite thing about this novel. Could have been better.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Story You will like this novel especially if you are a fan of the author.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! If you like Jennifer Weiner's other books, you will like this one.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was great! I've read several Jennifer Weiner novels and I couldn't really get into it. However, this one was surprisingly great, and fun to read. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Next Best Thing...really? This was certainly a different kind of love story, and while the premise was great, I felt the vehicle was oh-so slow. Maybe it was the unfamiliarity with the Hollywood process that slowed the story down so badly. It was the hope and expectation for a happy ending that kept me trudging through this romance, to the end. A cute romance, but a frustratingly slow read.
Date published: 2014-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story Great inside look at how Hollywood works. Great character sketches
Date published: 2013-04-23

Editorial Reviews

“Jennifer Weiner proves once again that her bestseller status is no accident by delivering another intriguing page-turner. She gives us sassy, sardonic Ruth to root for as well as plenty of zingers aimed at Hollywood's tweaked values. Readers are likely to enjoy a fascinating peek into the politics of television culture, coupled with a lively plot and a satisfying love story.”