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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner

The Next Best Thing
by Jennifer Weiner
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4516-1775-7
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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, shes hit the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Best Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthies 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 grandmothers impending nuptials.

Set against the fascinating backdrop of Los Angeles show business culture, with an insiders ear and eye for writers rooms, bad behavior backstage and set politics, Jennifer Weiners new novel is a rollicking ride on the Hollywood roller-coaster and a heartfelt story about what its like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true.

The Good Stuff
  • It was just a fun read that made me cry at times
  • Fabulous secondary characters
  • Ruth is just a funny likeable realistic women -- sort of a combination of Tina Fey/Mindy Kaling
  • Learned a lot about working on a sitcom
  • fun snappy dialogue and nice sweet conversations
  • Love the relationship between Ruth and her grandma - in fact I would love to read a whole book about Ruth
  • The two Dave's are awesome - I also have a literary crush on little Dave who has the same Han Solo/Carbonite ice cube tray as me (sorta reminds me of  another one of my crushes'&)
  • I will be lending this one out a lot as I just really enjoyed it, having a hard time telling you why, I just did. Just one of those perfect books to lose yourself in
  • Will say this one will definitely be made into a movie
  • Had me remembering and wanting to re-watch The Golden Girls
  • Got a kick of all the mentions about social media
  • The scenes between the writers meeting were tons of fun

The Not So Good Stuff
  • story doesn't flow neatly - it goes back and forth a little which made me feel a little disjointed at times
  • Ruth makes some stupid decisions that make me want to smack her -- it does work for the story though
  • Jake's friends think I'm weird since I had tears rolling down my face while I was reading (They are 10 - they think all old people are weird anyways)

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I opened the notebook and wrote, I will never be beautiful. Then I shut my eyes, turned my face toward the wall, and pretended I'd fallen asleep. That was the only night I ever saw my grandmother cry. She picked up the notebook, read what I'd written, closed it slowly, and turned toward the window. I saw her reflection in the glass, saw her shoulders hitching up and down, saw tears shining on her cheeks as she whispered, fiercely, over and over, Not fair, not fair, not fair."

"Mazel tov," said Maya. Maya wasn't Jewish - at least, not as far as I knew-but in Hollywood almost everyone ended up what the Daves called Tribe by Osmosis, comfortable dropping the occasional phrase in Yiddish, and knowing better that to set lunch meetings on Yom Kippur or send a muffin basket during Passover."

"I remember," Dave continued, "one of my philosophy professors once said that "Why do we suffer? is the question that's driven every religion that's ever lasted,"
"So what's the answer?" I asked. "Why do we suffer? What does it mean? What is it for?"
Dave thought for a moment, his eyes on the ceiling, fingers drumming on the comforter. " I don't remember," he said. "I think I dropped the class." He shook his head at the memory of his college-age self. "I only signed up in the first place because I thought I was in live with this girl, and she was a philosophy major."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • If you have read Jennifer's other books, you obviously will enjoy this on
  • Fans of the so-called (and not always in a good way unfortunately) chick lit -- this is fabulous for you (and Chick Lit isn't bad so piss off all you haters)
 4.5 Dewey's

I won this on Twitter from YMCBookalicious - thanks Wanda it was just what I needed


  1. I love your take on the book and I have to say horray for that last line about Chick Lit! When I interviewed Weiner she had some choice words about her books being in that category. What about male authors who write contemporary novels? Should we call their work Dick Lit?!

  2. ROFL! dick lit -- that is hilarious! Love Weiner she is so much fun to listen to

  3. I cant wait to get this one! I remember reading Jennifer Weiner all the time, though her past couple books really havent made it to the top of my TBR pile yet. I had this one out from the library but had to bring it back due to another hold (darn other patrons) ... BUT Im hoping to buy a copy. SOON!

    I love a good book that has me laughing and crying! And love Wandas take on male contempts -- thats priceless!

    1. I agree when I read her dick lit comment I laughed so hard
      It was just a good read to lose yourself in for a while & you will totally have a crush on little Dave - I was hoping the neighbor would get me my copy back by Sunday so I can bring it to Edmonton with me