Friday, August 31, 2012
The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner
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... For the full review, see Booklist Online.