Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Posted by Paula Mitchell with No comments
Author: Jennifer Weiner
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: Barnes&Noble Purchase
The short story that inspired Jennifer Weiner’s forthcoming novel The Next Best Thing. Ruth has left her job writing for a hit television show for reasons she’d rather not discuss and is supplementing her increasingly dwindling savings with freelance writing projects—namely, helping anxious high school students craft a perfect college essay and lonely souls craft captivating online dating profiles. When she’s not working, she’s swimming—lap after lap at the local indoor pool, in a desperate attempt to wash away the sting of professional failure and heartbreak that she can’t seem to shake. It takes an unexpected client to show her that appearances can be deceiving, and that sometimes the bravest thing you can do is simply dive back in.
I enjoyed learning about Ruth and what she had gone through as a child over coming tragedy and moving forward in life. It was a cute novella with enough to drag someone into The Next Best Thing. I love the relationship between Ruth and her grandmother who raised her.