The Next Best Thing

The Next Best Thing

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Believing she is realizing her dreams when her sitcom is bought, television writer Ruth Saunders finds her happiness threatened by demanding actors and executives as well as an unrequited crush on her boss and her septuagenarian grandmother's upcoming wedding.
Edition: For use by disabled patrons only
Branch Call Number: WEI
Characteristics: 1 MP3 compact disc (ca. 11 hrs. 45 min.)
Additional Contributors: Thirlby, Olivia 1986-

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Norski2
Dec 08, 2016

I enjoyed this very much - entertaining as an audiobook. Loved the reader.

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calvoer
Sep 02, 2015

I brought this home to listen to while sewing, hoping for something that wouldn't take much concentration to follow. It certainly was that. But the characters and plot are gratingly banal and pedestrian to the point that it wears you down just waiting for any kind of a spark. I gave up on it halfway through.

Cdnbookworm Sep 16, 2012

This novel has been on beach read lists this summer, and I would say that would be appropriate. It's a novel with twists and turns and a feel-good ending. It has romance, career development, and emotional development. The main character, Ruth Saunders, was injured in a car accident as a young child, an accident in which her parents were killed. The accident left her with damage on her face and neck and she underwent several surgeries as a child. Since the accident, she has been cared for by her grandmother Rachel, a feisty woman with a great sense of fashion.
Ruth has always dreamed of writing for television and a couple years back decided to move to LA to give it a shot. Her grandmother, naturally, moved as well, and the two of them have been making a life for themselves. Ruth has had some TV writing jobs, and is now writing her first series. When her series gets picked up by a network, she becomes a show-runner. We see Ruth struggle with confidence, assertion, and control as she works on the series. We see the complexity of this type of work and learn some of the jargon. We see her love life develop along with her personal confidence and feel for her missteps.
To me the emphasis on her overcoming her physical disfigurement was interesting, but I am not sure that I liked how physical beauty and strength were portrayed here. Maybe I am reading too much into things though. As a light entertaining romance, it is great.

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