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Swim: An eShort Story by [Weiner, Jennifer]
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About the Author

Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen books, including Good in BedIn Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and Who Do You Love. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2587 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (May 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XG13W
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,586 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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By Sharlene on August 6, 2012
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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.
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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.
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This is a very well written story about a woman who writes for television shows, movies, sitcoms, and is also a freelance writing. But she wants a little more of life and chooses instead to help high school students prepare for college through many hours of counselling. She has a lonely life, lives with her grandmother who raised her. As a young child, she lost her parents in an auto accident. She was injured and required many surgical procedures to help restore her face and jaw. The only peace she has at this time is swimming. She swims an enormous number of laps in a pool late at night, hoping to wash away thoughts of failure and heartbreak. This is a very thoughtful and provocative story which is an introduction to the author's upcoming book, "The Next Best Thing."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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It's important to note that "Swim", by Jennifer Weiner, is an excellent short story which, in the Kindle version, is followed by the first two chapters of a full-length book (same characters/different title, "The Next Best Thing"). Ms. Weiner is an acclaimed author, and "Swim" does not disappoint in any way. It's a helpful reminder, also, to those of us who have enjoyed her work in the past to seek her out now and in the future. In fact, I've just purchased the follow-up book! Five stars from me.
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I loved the way that this was going, getting to know Ruth, Lonelyboy, and Caitlyn, and even when the "eShort" ended, in my opinion, abruptly I was seriously considering buying the next part of the story, "the Next Big Thing", because I wanted to know how things worked out, but when reading the beginning of the book that was added to the end of this one I might not. The characters are not all three, too much time has passed and it is very different from the prequel. I guess in the defense of Weiner, she did mention that this was based loosely off from some of her own experiences and things can change as frantically as that in the space between the prequel and the actual book but I really did want to see how things worked out for this set of people in this set of time.
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