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Blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner returns with an irresistible story about a young woman trying to make it in Hollywood.

At three years old, Ruth Saunders miraculously survives the car crash that takes her parents’ lives on the icy Massachusetts Turnpike. Her eccentric grandmother, who comes out of Florida retirement to care for young Ruth, nurtures her through years of surgeries, feeding her home-cooked meals, dispensing irreverent wisdom, and telling Ruth she’s beautiful, even though her scars will stay with her forever.

After college, Ruth pursues her dream of writing to Hollywood, heading west with her grandmother in tow, hoping to make it big in the world of television. After years of failure and a badly broken heart, Ruth gets “the call”—her show has been green-lit.

But Ruth’s happy ending is only the beginning, as she struggles with how television gets made: terrified (and terrifying) executives and actresses with their eyes on bigger prizes than Ruthie’s show. Add in an unrequited crush on the man who has been her mentor. Add to that her grandmother’s impending nuptials, and Ruth’s big break might just break her.

A rollicking ride on the Hollywood roller coaster, The Next Best Thing is a heartfelt story about a young woman searching for her own happily-ever-after in the land where dreams come true.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Weiner’s snappy new novel showcases her humor and style.”

    Washington Post

  • “Weiner is coming off a year in Hollywood, and she puts the experience to excellent use in this utterly engaging story of a showrunner who, after six years of slogging, finally gets a series on the air, only to discover that her troubles are only beginning—meddling studio execs, egomaniacal actors and one crushable but unobtainable boss.”

    Time

  • “An entertaining story about the dream-crushing compromises on the road from page to screen.”

    People

  • “Jennifer Weiner is funny and dead-on when it comes to building a satisfying summer read.”

    New York Daily News

  • “A knockout. Perfect comic timing meets effortless dialogue and an engaging plot…Enjoy your place on top of the lit world, Jennifer Weiner. You’ve more than made it.”

    Miami Herald

  • “A fascinating glimpse into the television industry…Weiner’s strong sense of comedy comes through in her characters’ witty banter and Ruth’s writing. You will cheer her on in her quest to find success and love.”

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • “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.”

    Library Journal

  • “Ruth is a multidimensional heroine, and Weiner gives her real heart and soul. Readers will root for her to get everything she ever wanted—not to settle for the next best thing. This is contemporary women’s fiction at its finest.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Spares no bon mot in exposing Hollywood’s sexism, ageism, and incurable penchant for extravagant silliness.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
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