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Actors aren’t the only ones trying to make it in Hollywood.…At twenty-three, Ruth Saunders left her childhood home in Massachusetts and headed west with her seventy-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to make it as a screenwriter. Six years later, she hits the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Best Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie’s going to be the showrunner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on her boss, and her grandmother’s impending nuptials.

Set against the fascinating backdrop of Los Angeles show business culture, with an insider’s ear for writer’s room showdowns and an eye for bad backstage behavior and set politics, Jennifer Weiner’s new novel is a rollicking ride on the Hollywood roller coaster, a heartfelt story about what it’s like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true.

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The Next Best Thing: A Novel
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3.6 / 5
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November 30th, 2015
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. So sad it is over. Great character development. And a very realistic heroine making the reader cheer her on at all times.
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The Next Best Thing...really?
April 17th, 2014
This was certainly a different kind of love story, and while the premise was great, I felt the vehicle was oh-so slow. Maybe it was the unfamiliarity with the Hollywood process that slowed the story down so badly. It was the hope and expectation for a happy ending that kept me trudging through this romance, to the end. A cute romance, but a frustratingly slow read.
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Great story
April 23rd, 2013
Great inside look at how Hollywood works. Great character sketches
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