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The Next Best Thing


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Actors arenand#8217;t the only ones trying to make it in Hollywood.and#8230;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, andlt;iandgt;The Next Best Thing, andlt;/iandgt;has gotten the green light, and Ruthieand#8217;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 grandmotherand#8217;s impending nuptials. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Set against the fascinating backdrop of Los Angeles show business culture, with an insiderand#8217;s ear for writerand#8217;s room showdowns and an eye for bad backstage behavior and set politics, Jennifer Weinerand#8217;s new novel is a rollicking ride on the Hollywood roller coaster, a heartfelt story about what itand#8217;s like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true.

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Jennifer Weiner is the author of ten novels, including In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and was the co-creator and executive producer of the ABC Family sitcom State of Georgia, which ran during the summer of 2011. She lives with her family in Philadelphia. 

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writermala, September 2, 2012 (view all comments by writermala)
Jennifer Weiner has written a remarkable book. It deals with the whims and fancies of Hollywood's Bigwigs. The protagonist Ruth Saunders is a writer whose production "The Next Best Thing" is picked up by a network.

Unfortunately by the time the show is produced it is nothing like Ruth envisaged. She feels miserable that she has betrayed her beloved grandmother and not been true to herself.

The book does have a unique ending and also a bit of philosophy when Ruth defines the role of 'suffering' in life. "Maybe it's like running. You do it because it feels so good when it stops. Maybe there's suffering because it makes us appreciate the good things more."
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Tammy Dotts, July 3, 2012 (view all comments by Tammy Dotts)
Fans of Jennifer Weiner won’t be disappointed by her new book, The Next Best Thing. And the book won’t disappoint readers intrigued by seeing Weiner’s name on bestseller lists or her other books displayed as staff picks at their local bookstores.

The story follows Ruthie Saunders as she brings her idea for a sitcom focusing on a young woman and her grandmother to life. The sitcom loosely follows Ruthie’s own story: a young woman trying to succeed in a male-dominated world while living with her grandmother. In real life, Ruthie was raised by her grandmother after her parents’ death. The two moved to Los Angeles so Ruthie could pursue her dream of writing for television.

The Next Best Thing tracks her journey from assistant to showrunner, offering readers glimpses behind the Hollywood curtain as Ruthie decides how much she’s willing to compromise with the network to get her show on the air. Along the way, Ruthie’s relationship with her grandmother continues to evolve.

Weiner has a gift for creating vibrant characters; even minor characters are fully fleshed out on the page. The small details she invests in her characters end up making them seem like people you may know, or, in the case of The Next Best Thing, people you’ve read about in tabloid headlines.

The book’s release date couldn’t be better timed. The Next Best Thing is just right for taking to the beach or poolside. The plot moves quickly and keeps readers interested all the way through. Weiner deftly avoids making the book a vapid read ��" one of those summer books meant to be forgotten once it’s read and left behind at the shore house. Instead, she delivers a story with characters facing real decisions and who, at times, make real mistakes. Ruthie isn’t perfect, and that’s one of the reasons readers will come to love her and hope that Weiner revisits this slice of her universe in future books.
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Weiner, Jennifer
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