Start reading Swim: An eShort Story on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


Swim: An eShort Story [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Weiner
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (589 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $0.00
Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Kindle Delivers
Kindle Delivers
Subscribe to the Kindle Delivers monthly e-mail to find out about each month's Kindle book deals, new releases, editors' picks and more. Learn more (U.S. customers only)

Book Description

The short story that inspired Jennifer Weiner’s forthcoming novel The Next Best Thing.

Ruth has left her job writing for a hit television show for reasons she’d rather not discuss and is supplementing her increasingly dwindling savings with freelance writing projects—namely, helping anxious high school students craft a perfect college essay and lonely souls craft captivating online dating profiles. When she’s not working, she’s swimming—lap after lap at the local indoor pool, in a desperate attempt to wash away the sting of professional failure and heartbreak that she can’t seem to shake. It takes an unexpected client to show her that appearances can be deceiving, and that sometimes the bravest thing you can do is simply dive back in.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven books, which have spent a combined five years on the bestseller list, with over 15 million copies in print in thirty-six countries. Her iconic debut Good in Bed is now in its fifty-ninth printing. In Her Shoes was turned into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine. Her newest novel, All Fall Down, has become one of the best-reviewed novels of the year, hailed as “compulsively readable” by The New York Times Book Review. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at

Product Details

  • File Size: 1681 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (May 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XG13W
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,064 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
72 of 90 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What? June 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I think I didn't read carefully the story resume before getting this book. I thought it was a short story (hence why it was free).

It ends up like it's only the beginning of a story. Somewhere on the kindle version I got the story abruptly ends and then restarts while being written differently. We don't know what happens, it's like the story was cut.

It looked promising though, and I guess I'll have to wait for the real book to come out.
Was this review helpful to you?
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Swim August 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Not a short story at all, merely a teaser so that you will buy the actual book. Waste of time since I don't intend on buying it.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
84 of 113 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short story prequel for The Next Best Thing May 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Swim is a short story prequel for Jennifer Weiner's book The Next Best Thing which will be released in July 2012. Ruth Saunders moved to Los Angeles a few years before the start of Swim, hoping to make it as a screenwriter, but after landing a gig on TV's The Girl's Room she's had some career and romantic set backs so is currently employed helping clueless high school students with the college application process. With Ruth in LA is her lively grandmother, a woman who cooks Thanksgiving-like meals several times a month and who raised Ruth after her parents died in a car accident that left Ruth with an unfortunate scar on her face. Swimming laps alone in the pool is where Ruth feels most comfortable.

Ruth holds her application consultation appointments in a coffee shop, commandeering the only table with access to an electrical outlet for her laptop and ignoring the hostile glares of the screen writer wannabes who'd like to plug in their own gadgets. When Gary approaches her, Ruth assumes he wants her outlet, but after observing her activities he has a business proposition--he'd like some help with his online dating profile, a profile headed by his poorly chosen screen name, Lonely-guy. Ruth plunges in and with her advice Gary starts getting more action on the dating site, an outcome that is leaving Ruth with mixed feeling.

Swim is humorous without being silly, and as they always do Jennifer Weiner's characters feel like flesh and blood. This download also includes a sample of The Next Best Thing, which opens with Ruth getting the good news that her sitcom, loosely based on her own life, has been green-lighted.
Was this review helpful to you?
38 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother July 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I know it's a prequel to a book but why the different title? It will only take you about 25 minutes to read and it just isn't worth it. Just read the main book.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing... July 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Just when I started to connect with the charaters, the story stopped. It was unfinished. Not a fan. I wanted more out of a story.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the book! June 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I downloaded this book on my new iPad for several reasons. First, it was free and I wanted to see what it was like reading an eBook (just fine). Second, I am a big fan of all of Ms. Weiner's books and hadn't read anything from her since "Fly Away Home." Lastly, it was a quick read, able to finish in an afternoon by the pool. Well, it was a great, quick read. I am excited to see where the story continues in "The Next Best Thing." The characters come to life quickly and this tease left me hanging for what will happen to them next.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swim sucked me in like a rip tide May 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This short story prequel really brought the main character alive for us. Right away you couldn't help feel something for her. Wonderfully written but Jennifer Weinners books usually are. Ill be buying the next book that goes with this one.
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting after already reading the novel August 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read "The Next Best Thing" at the beginning of the summer and thought it was fairly average (gave it 3-stars). I then picked up this free short story that is billed as the narrative that inspired the full-length novel. Since I had already read the book, I knew the characters and what fate awaited them. This was a nice short reading giving their backstory and fleshing out a character that was only mentioned in passing in the novel.

As a short prequel, I think the story is largely successful and interesting. If it were being read as a stand-alone story, probably not so much. Only about ½ of the e-book is taken up with "Swim", the rest is preview chapters of the full novel and review blurbs of her previous novels.

I would say as a free download (or maybe even 99 cents) it is probably an ok read for just about anyone but I would have been unhappy to have paid any more than that.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Author

Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven 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

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category