The Next Best Thing: A Novel

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Written By: Jennifer Weiner

Narrated By: Olivia Thirlby

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: July 2012

Duration: 12 hours 0 minutes


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 Big 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.


  • Anonymous

    Fun, light read about the politics of Hollywood trampling creativity. Refreshing change to have physically flawed main characters triumph amid a sea of phony perfection.

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  • Jennifer Castanon

    Excellent! Current, touching, and funny; the best of what you'd expect from Jennifer Weiner. Don't wait. Dive in now!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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