Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner [Review]

The Next Best Thing3 out of 5 Robots!

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release: July 3, 2012
Hardcover: 400 Pages
Publisher: Atria
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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 twenty-three, Ruth Saunders headed west with her seventy-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she’s hit 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 show-runner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on a boss, and her grandmother’s impending nuptials.

Set against the fascinating backdrop of Los Angeles show business culture, with an insider’s ear and eye for writer’s rooms, bad behavior backstage and set politics, Jennifer Weiner’s new novel is a rollicking ride on the Hollywood rollercoaster and a heartfelt story about what it’s like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
I'm normally not a big fan of "Chick Lit", although there have been a few I've enjoyed. For example, I really liked Jennifer Weiner's Good in Bed and In Her Shoes.  So I was looking forward to The Next Best Thing, but unfortunately, I was really disappointed.  Weiner is a compete writer, so I had no problem finishing the book nor did I hate it. I just couldn't connect to any of the characters and really couldn't get a good handle on Ruth.  Most of Weiner's protagonists are "damaged" in some way, and Ruth was no exception.  But honestly, I just didn't really care about Ruth at all.  And I found the "wink, wink" insider-y parts about the show to be slightly annoying.  It was like Weiner was getting a chance to make Ruth think all the Weiner thought, without really giving thought to whether it was in keeping with Ruth's character.  Lastly, I thought the romance was so weird!  There was hardly any lead up to it so I had a hard time buying the inevitable hookup.  So, if you read any of Weiner's books, I recommend some of her early works instead.  This one just comes across a little bitter. 


  1. Was curious about this one, as I've enjoyed some of Jennifer's earlier works. Think I'll give this one a pass though, as I've never liked stories based in Hollywood. Thanks for a great review!

  2. Oh then this one will drive you batty.



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