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The Next Best Thing
The Next Best Thing
Author: Jennifer Weiner
ISBN-13: 9780857208170
ISBN-10: 0857208179
Publication Date: 9/26/2013
Pages: 400
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Book Type: Paperback
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flyinggems avatar reviewed The Next Best Thing on + 432 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
I always try to write reviews of books right after I finish them. I feel so numb after this book. It was like taking a long car ride with the same scenery passing you by. When Ruth made her move there was less than 20 pages left to the book. The writing is decent and that is what keeps you moving forward. I did not care for the story.

Ruth Saunders was dealt a bad hand in the game of Life. But she has a new idea on how to make it better. She decides to change up her life and take her grandmother along for the ride. She moves to the land of stars were she hopes she can make all her dreams come true.
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Helpful Score: 2
A disappointing outing. Ruthie was not particularly interesting and her grandmother was a cliche. Jennifer's other books were better.
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Not at all one of my favorites of hers. It was tedious to read actually. Just not interesting.
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This book was my least favorite of Jennifer Weiner's books. I am usually a huge fan, but this one was lacking. It was very slow moving. Sometimes I would just cringe at how pathetic Ruthie was. I did, however, love the ending.
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I liked this book just as much as her others; she hasn't disappointed me yet! I thought it was a little slow (and confusing) in the beginning, but once the story got 'going', I couldn't wait to get back to reading!
Readnmachine avatar reviewed The Next Best Thing on + 1438 more book reviews
Sad/funny tale of a driven young woman whose dream of creating a hit TV series is shattered when she loses creative control of the project.

Like most of Weiner's books, the characters are sharp and funny but damaged, at least in their own eyes. Their charm lies in how she makes the reader root for them and in how they eventually triumph on their own terms.

Ruthie's journey is heartbreaking, infuriating, and -- it turns out, if you read the author's Afterword -- largely based on an incident from Weiner's career. Unlike Weiner, however, her fictional counterpart gets revenge in a most delightful manner.
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Really enjoyed this book. Kept my attention house work suffered for it.
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I forced myself to read three or four chapters, but it got really tiresome with all the main character's constant complaining about her physical disfigurement, so I never finished it.
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Good story. The characters were very believable and relatable.