Sunday, July 22, 2012

Review: The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner

Title: The Next Best Thing

Author: Jennifer Weiner

Publisher: Atria Books

Pub Date: July 3, 2012

Source: NetGalley

Summary from Goodreads:
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, she’s hit 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 show-runner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on a boss, and her grandmother’s impending nuptials.

Set against the fascinating backdrop of Los Angeles show business culture, with an insider’s ear and eye for writer’s rooms, bad behavior backstage and set politics, Jennifer Weiner’s new novel is a rollicking ride on the Hollywood rollercoaster and a heartfelt story about what it’s like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true.
My thoughts/review:
  Ruth Sanders is a twenty-something television writer who's face is scarred from a tragic car accident that took her parents when she was three. She lives with her grandmother who tells it like it is and is engaged to her boyfriend. Ruth gets her television show picked up and we get to see behind the scenes of what it is really like to be a show-runner. I had no idea what goes into my favorite scripted TV shows to get put on TV. It was very interesting. I loved her grandma she was sweet, sassy and stylish. In my head, I kept picturing Ellen Burstyn as the grandma. This was a fabulous read and I was sad it ended. It had drama, celebrities, love, rejection, heartbreak, redemption, and family.

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