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Reviewed by Laura Godfrey
Jennifer Weiner’s latest is a welcome addition to her growing collection of best-selling novels—especially for readers with an interest in the TV industry. The Next Best Thing tells the story of 28-year-old Ruth Saunders, a determined young woman who moved from her childhood home in Massachusetts to the bustling city of L.A. to chase her dream of producing a sitcom based on her own life. As if making it in L.A. weren’t hard enough, Ruth has had more obstacles than most to deal with: as a child, she was in a car accident that killed both her parents and left her face badly scarred. As a result, Ruth was raised by her loving grandma, Rachel, and the two take off for L.A. together.