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Ruth Saunders and her grandmother Rae have moved from suburban Boston to Los Angeles in pursuit of Ruth's dream of writing for television. Rae has raised her granddaughter since the death of Ruth's parents in a car accident that also left Ruth severely scarred. Now Ruth, after six years of low-level work, has finally gotten the green light to develop her own show, The Next Best Thing. Ruth struggles to work through the compromises and disappointments of running her first show. She also must decide what to do with her feelings for her mentor Dave. The relationship that develops between Ruth and Dave is realistic and potently romantic, and Weiner (Then Came You) also eloquently portrays the unique bond between Ruth and her grandmother. Verdict Full of warm and interesting characters as well as a wealth of insider industry detail (Weiner was a cocreator of an ABC Family sitcom), this is a must-read for Weiner's many fans and anyone who enjoys smart, funny fiction. This would also make an excellent book club book. [See Prepub Alert, 1/21/12.]-Kristen Stewart, Brazoria Cty. Lib. Syst., TX (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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*Starred Review* Visibly scarred from a childhood car accident that killed her parents, smart and solitary Ruth has decided that she can't depend on anyone but herself and her young-at-heart grandmother, Rae. After a potential workplace romance goes sour, Ruth, an L.A. screenwriter, leaves her television gig and freelances for a while, helping teens write college-entrance essays and ghostwriting online dating profiles. When her pitch for a sitcom gets picked up, she ventures back to the world of television only to find that her vision a comedy featuring a quirky Everygal and her sassy grandma gets derailed at every turn, from bad casting to bawdy rewrites. Weiner herself has recent experience in sitcom-land, lending realism to the plot. Ruth is a multidimensional heroine, and Weiner gives her real heart and soul (and some nifty sex scenes to boot). Ruth's relationships with her grandmother and her new studio bosses ring true, and readers will root for Ruth to get everything she ever wanted not to settle for the next best thing. This is contemporary women's fiction at its finest.--Vnuk, Rebecca Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Ruth Saunders and her grandmother Rae have moved from suburban Boston to Los Angeles in pursuit of Ruth's dream of writing for television. Rae has raised her granddaughter since the death of Ruth's parents in a car accident that also left Ruth severely scarred. Now Ruth, after six years of low-level work, has finally gotten the green light to develop her own show, The Next Best Thing. Ruth struggles to work through the compromises and disappointments of running her first show. She also must decide what to do with her feelings for her mentor Dave. The relationship that develops between Ruth and Dave is realistic and potently romantic, and Weiner (Then Came You) also eloquently portrays the unique bond between Ruth and her grandmother. Verdict Full of warm and interesting characters as well as a wealth of insider industry detail (Weiner was a cocreator of an ABC Family sitcom), this is a must-read for Weiner's many fans and anyone who enjoys smart, funny fiction. This would also make an excellent book club book. [See Prepub Alert, 1/21/12.]-Kristen Stewart, Brazoria Cty. Lib. Syst., TX (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.