The Next Best Thing

The Next Best Thing

Large Print - 2012
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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 success are threatened by an avalanche of disasters: demanding actors, number-crunching executives, and an unrequited crush on a boss. And that doesn't even include 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 roller coaster and a heartfelt story about what it's like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true.

Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2012
ISBN: 9781611734829
Branch Call Number: LT WEI
Characteristics: 510 p. (large print) ;,23 cm


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Jul 12, 2016

This book was deliciously BAD. I wanted some light summer reading, nothing that would lure me away from the many activities that we can enjoy when the thermometer peeks above 70, and this book totally fit the bill. It had at least 50 meticulous descriptions of characters' outfits, including accessories, the hallmark of really bad writing -- and almost as many detailed descriptions of meals. This author should be writing the sort of pap that appears in "women's" magazines. The plot plodded predictably along until the last chapter, which really was exciting. I would've loved to have read a book that BEGAN with that chapter. Still, if you want a light read that you can breeze through and not care about abandoning -- well, even then, you're better off with Danielle Steel or Jackie Collins. But, I've read worse books, and I really did enjoy the final chapter, so I'm giving it a star.

Jun 28, 2013

I am a huge Jennifer Weiner fan - have read all of her books. This book, however was a big disappointment! It was boring and uneventful. I really hope her next book is good and that she is not on a downward trend!

kittytama Jun 14, 2013

Wasn't as good as her others

Mar 15, 2013

Boring and predictable.

Jan 02, 2013

Did not enjoy this book at all. I am finding that her books are very boring. Was even to the point where I didn't think I would finish it, but I did. The ending was better than I expected, but still, not in a hurry to read anymore of her books.

sharonb122 Nov 27, 2012

I enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as some others. The love story was interesting and watching the main character grow and become more confident in doing what she knew was right.

Nov 13, 2012

I love this book. It's good.

Aug 22, 2012

Jennifer Weiner is one of my favourite authors but this wasn't as good as the others. I usually don't want her book to end but this one I had a hard time getting through.

Aug 21, 2012

Strong characters and an interesting story about overcoming adversity, compromise and ingenuity.

sablegirl Aug 19, 2012

Not the best book I've read lately. The story line was slow moving and I found myself skipping a lot of the dialog. The last two or three chapters were the best but otherwise, not a "can't put down book." The only reason I couldn't put it down was because I was trying to get to the "good" part!

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