The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner

75%

11 Critic Reviews

Spares no bon mot in exposing Hollywood’s sexism, ageism and incurable penchant for extravagant silliness.
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Synopsis

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.
 

About Jennifer Weiner

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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ten books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and The Next Best Thing. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.
 
Published July 3, 2012 by Atria Books. 401 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Peak Rank on Jul 22 2012
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Critic reviews for The Next Best Thing
All: 11 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
Jul 15 2012

Spares no bon mot in exposing Hollywood’s sexism, ageism and incurable penchant for extravagant silliness.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon on Jul 13 2012

She gives us sassy, sardonic Ruth to root for as well as plenty of zingers aimed at Hollywood's tweaked values

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Nancy Robertson

“The Next Best Thing,” Weiner’s 10th novel, showcases her humor and style.

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USA Today

Below average
Reviewed by Patty Rhule on Jul 01 2012

...The Next Best Thing isn't on a par with Good in Bed or In Her Shoes.

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Breitbart

Below average
Reviewed by Christian Toto on Jul 05 2012

Author Jennifer Weiner...insists on concocting a love story so anemic even the hack TV producers in her story would reject it outright.

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Amarillo Globe-News

Excellent
Reviewed by Chip Chandler on Jun 29 2012

... I found “The Next Best Thing” an especially fun read from an author who rarely disappoints.

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Tablet Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Alice Gregory on Jun 25 2012

Weiner’s prose style is cheery and friction-free: She gives us female protagonists that readers can identify with in uncomplicated ways.

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Parents Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Kristen Kemp on Jul 12 2012

The writing and plot are both sharp and fast, proving why Weiner is a longtime bestselling author.

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Lit Lovers

Good
Reviewed by Molly Lundquist

I love Jennifer Weiner's writing: it manages to be funny and poignant all at once.

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Book Line And Sinker

Below average
Reviewed by Natalie on Jul 03 2012

I was frustrated with Ruthie’s meekness and willingness to accept poor treatment from men, actors, and executives. The whole Hollywood scene was also tough to stomach

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Book Club In A Box

Good
Reviewed by Laura Godfrey on Aug 09 2012

In The Next Best Thing, Weiner displays her trademark wit in another underdog story, giving a good name to the too-often-dismissed chick lit genre.

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