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WeeRead: Review of The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner

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This summer's book club pick was The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner. Our Editor, Karen, shares her thoughts on this steamy summer read.

Move over Fifty Shades of Grey! I admit I haven't read the colossal success story Fifty Shades of Grey. But I did read our summer book club pick The Next Best Thing and I can tell you, the steamy sex scenes in this novel sure made me blush!

Jennifer Weiner, author of In Her Shoes (yes, the novel that came before the movie of the same name) and Fly Away Home (another great read and previous book club pick) offers a lot of fun fare in this, her latest novel.

A rags to riches success story starring a poignantly sympathetic main character Ruth and her spirited grandmother, this novel also offers romance, love, Hollywood and yes I said it before sex.

Ruth is the writer of a screenplay that is picked up by a major network for creation into an exciting new sitcom. The novel follows her as she tries to come to terms with the many trials and tribulations of leading a Hollywood life: seeing her dreams materialize, fade, and metamorphosize.

I really enjoyed this novel for what it is - an easy, light read that transports the reader from the everyday into an exotic new world. Hollywood with all its glitz and glam plays centre stage but this is also a story of love and loss and staying true to one's own convictions and spirit. Ruth is a down-to-earth loveable character who you can't help but root for, right until the end. If you are looking a fun, light read - maybe a novel to keep you company during late night feeds or the last days of summer sun at the beach - then this is a good selection. It will have you laughing, feeling sentimental and maybe a little hot under the collar.

Our next Wee Read book club pick is Love Anthony by Lisa Genova.



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