Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Audiobook Review + Giveaway: The Next Best Thing by: Jennifer Weiner

Goodreads Summary: 

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 twenty-three, Ruth Saunders headed west with her seventy-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she’s hit the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Best Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie’s going to be the show-runner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on a boss, and her grandmother’s impending nuptials.

Set against the fascinating backdrop of Los Angeles show business culture, with an insider’s ear and eye for writer’s rooms, bad behavior backstage and set politics, Jennifer Weiner’s new novel is a rollicking ride on the Hollywood rollercoaster and a heartfelt story about what it’s like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true.

Audiobook Review: 

ReadingNook Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I grew up reading Jennifer Weiners' novels and I think i've read almost all of her books that are published, listening to the audiobook of her story was a different experience but one that I really enjoyed!! I loved the narrator and found her voice to match the story perfectly.It felt like it added to the story instead of taking away from it, which sometimes is a concern with audiobooks.

This book had everything you could watch from a contemporary fiction novel. It had drama, romance, and ups and downs along the way. I loved Ruth Saunders' character and felt that the relationship between her and her grandmother was real and relatible to anyone who was/is close with their grandmother. You really felt for Ruth's character after all she's been through, she still is a strong and confident woman, and that to me is a message in and of itself.

I loved the Hollywood life that she lived and the behind the scenes action of television and production. Onto the romance although Ruth had her share of up's and down's and mostly down's in the romance department Ruth's relationship with her boss was sp swoon-worthy!! I felt like it wasn't predictable and I liked the dynamic and imperfections of their relationship.

If you're a fan of Jennifer Weiner or just like contemporary fiction then you need to get this book on your radar. I don't think i've ever read a Jennifer Weiner book that I didn't enjoy, but this was a nice fill of her work, after not reading/listening to anything of hers in a quite a while.

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  1. I've only read 2 of Jennifer's books - Best Friends Forever and Good In Bed, and I've wanted to read more. This books has been getting a lot of attention convincing me that I need to read more of her books. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I stmbled across your youtube channel and I just had to subscribe I finally found someone who shares my love for books! I've read some books by Jennifer Weiner and i can really say that ive enjoyed them. Ive been waiting for The next big thing for a while now and im really excited for the giveaway!