The Next Best Thing

The Next Best ThingThe Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner
Published by Atria Books on July 3, 2012
Pages: 389

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.

I keep saying that I should do more book reviews and yet that still has not happened yet. Work these past couple years have been absolutely insane, but I can’t complain. As you may know from some of my previous book reviews on Jennifer Weiner books is that she is one of my favorite authors, so I do apologize if this review is a little biased. This book was originally published sometime in 2012 and I have not had a chance to read it until recently.

I loved the fact that Jennifer Weiner used some of her own experiences working on State of Georgia an ABC Family show that starred Raven Symone. The show was short lived and like Ruth Saunders show only lasted until mid-season. Jennifer Weiner unlike many female authors really understand women and society as they are. She does not attempt to portray men as unequals to women as some female authors tend to do and I’m glad for that. I especially enjoyed that in this novel Ruth Saunders had to overcome a disability to find confidence and be her own heroine  and I think that is a resounding message throughout all of  Ms Weiner’s novels.

I hope that you will read this book when you get the chance and I will see you again in another great post!


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