The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner is an easy read that is perfect for the summer. I have to be honest with you…I had high expectations and this book didn’t really live up to the hype. I thought it was definitely fun and cute, but it just wasn’t awesome.
The story is about a girl that struggles with the fact that she has a scarred face from a childhood car accident that killed her parents, and moves to California with her grandmother to become a TV writer. The main character Ruth really bugs me in the first part of the book. I think that has something to do with the fact that I always try to see a little bit of myself in a main character and she was doing things/thinking things that I would be mad at myself for doing/thinking. Nevertheless, she got much more likeable as the book went on and I ended up becoming very fond of her.
This novel is funny, filled with heartbreak and romance, and gives an interesting inside look at the Hollywood TV industry. I learned a lot and my mind was opened to quite a few things while reading this book. I don’t think you’ll regret reading it, I just think you’ll need an open mind when going into it!