The Next Best Thing

The Next Best Thing

Audiobook CD - 2012
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23-year-old television writer Ruth Sanders heads to Hollywood, dragging her 70-year-old grandmother along for the ride. Ruth is thrilled when production for her sitcom finally gets underway. But Ruth's dreams of happiness are soon threatened by the demanding actors and number-crunching executives--not to mention the stress of her grandmother's upcoming wedding.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2012
Edition: Unabridged, Recorded Books ed.
ISBN: 9781464013157
Branch Call Number: TALK WEINER CD
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (11 hr., 45 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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Dec 08, 2016

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

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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