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More Chick Lit Greatness from Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner is one of the many chick lit princesses out there nowadays, often throwing women into laughing fits followed by sobbing in only the way chick lit and chick flicks can.

Best known for her novel — which was then turned into the movie starring Cameron Diaz and Shirley MacLaine — In Her Shoes, Weiner is set to publish another book this coming July, according to this article by Chicklit Club.

This one, called The Next Best Thing, takes her typically funny, awkward female heroine to a new level. It tells the story of a girl who gets the green light for a TV series she’s been writing. She then heads out to LA to make it happen, as the synopsis explains.

At 23, Ruth Saunders headed west with her 70-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 behaviour 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.

With Weiner’s experience making In Her Shoes into a movie and debuting her series State of Georgia last fall, it’s fitting and understandable that Weiner would want to write a book about the Hollywood production process. I’ve been in the mood to read another Weiner novel lately, so with the new one coming out, maybe it’s time I dig into some of her other goodies. Have any of you read her books? Which is your favorite?
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Something Seemingly Different from Jennifer Weiner

I’ve always been a fan of chick lit author Jennifer Weiner. Best known for writing In Her Shoes, which was later turned into a movie starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine, Weiner has a certain Jewish wit to her writing that’s funny and charming. And as of today, she has another novel to add to her repertoire: Then Came You.

Of the few books I’ve read of hers, I’ve learned that Weiner generally writes her novels from the perspective of a self-conscious, Jewish, overweight woman with plain Jane looks. Because most of her novels are also romance-oriented, the average looks and sour attitude add to the hilarity — and relatable quality — of the books.  As a woman, I completely understand most, if not all, of the thoughts racing through the mind of the usually anal protagonist. And it makes it even easier to like the woman and root for her.

Then Came You debuts today, July 12th, but it seems as if Weiner takes a different approach with her 9th book. After reading the first chapter online, I learned that yes, there is a focus on appearance and the protagonist’s discomfort with the way she looks. But in this novel, the protagonist is a blonde, thin, athletic, beautiful girl — much different from the other Weiner novels with which I’m familiar. Not to mention, the plot revolves around the girl’s decision whether or not to donate her eggs. Again, a striking dissimilarity from her other novels. Generally, her stories are lighter.

All in all, it seems like Then Came You is something a different from your average Jennifer Weiner novel. But different is good.

Recommended reads: Look for In Her Shoes and Good in Bed, two hilarious and heartwarming novels by Weiner.

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