- File Size: 5575 KB
- Print Length: 401 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (July 3, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 3, 2012
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0061NT77C
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,371 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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That's what Ruthie has always wanted to do, write for television, and readers get to know both her and her grandma as they follow Ruthie though her dues-paying years. All of which lead up to her big break--the chance to produce her own show. It is also called The Next Best Thing, and is a sitcom about a slightly heavy underdog and her grandmother making their way in the world. Much of the book entails Ruthie's struggles to bring her vision to life, while juggling her personal relationships.
Just now, I started to type, "First and foremost, this is a Hollywood satire." And then I deleted. Because while this absolutely IS a delicious Hollywood satire (which is sure to please fans of the Showtime series "Episodes"), I think any Weiner novel is automatically a novel about women, our relationships, our insecurities, and our dreams. I say "our," because I think there is a very universal appeal to Jennifer Weiner's flawed protagonists.Read more ›
Fifty pages in I knew there was something not quite right about this novel, and so I did a little investigating. I wouldn't normally search the internet or look at other reviews before I write my own, but on this occasion I'm glad I did.
It turns out that Jennifer Weiner co-created and wrote the short-lived sitcom State of Georgia in 2011. To be fair she acknowledges this at the back of The Next Best Thing. But there's a reminder that should be pinned to every writer's wall: just because it happened in real life doesn't mean it should be in your story. When I found out about Weiner's cancelled sitcom, and had a look around, all the problems I had with The Next Best Thing started to make sense.
As the story slowly unfolds, we see Ruth's ideas being taken away from her, changed piece by piece until her show is no longer the one she dreamed up. If only, I realised Weiner is telling us, if only I - sorry, I mean Ruth - could have made `State of Georgia' - sorry, I mean The Next Best Thing - the way I'd wanted to it would have all been OK, and it would have been a hit.
Weiner tells us in great detail how it all happened. Dozens of pages go by while we hear about how the show was picked up, the rewriting of scenes and introduction of new characters, the studio executives getting their way with casting, and the lowly status of the writer when it comes to decisions.Read more ›
The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner is about Ruth, a young woman who has been disfigured in a terrible accident, and who has dreams to become a writer for a TV show. She has been orphaned by the accident, and lives with her colorful grandmother. The rest of the plot is wrapped around her body image difficulties, the craziness of trying to get a show to air (and not get cancelled), and the compromises one has to go through to get your story to be told.
After I saw the low ratings of this book, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I don't know much about the behind the scenes of any show, and it was fascinating for me to learn about it. I learned later that some of this was autobiographical and that totally makes sense to me, because the authenticity of the book jumps from the pages. I also loved the characters-- particularly, her grandmother, the two Daves, who are her staunch mentors in this business, and some of the cast that she auditions. Weiner definitely has a way with words. The ending for me, was perfect-- I couldn't imagine it ending any other way.
That said, in entirety, this isn't a perfect book. My biggest beef with the book is Ruth herself. She really skates on the edge of being annoying with saying how ugly she is and how no one is ever going to love her because of her disfigurement, etc. I feel like this could be scaled back a bit, because we already get that she has these insecurities.Read more ›
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Slow at the beginning but worth it at the end. Love the whit in this book. Jennifer, good job as always.Published 3 months ago by Monique
If I hadn't read "Who Do You Love" just prior to "The Next Best Thing," I might not be so generous with my stars. Read more
Jennifer Weiner is an outstanding author and she doesn't disappoint in her newest book, The Next Best Thing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SuzanneR
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