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After rebounding from a broken engagement and relinquishing her job in sports PR, the irrepressible Waverly Bryson has a new man, a new career, and a new lease on life. Her part-time gig as an advice columnist has proven to be as entertaining as it is affirming, and her fledgling greeting card line, Honey Notes, is off to a promising start. After a series of disastrous romantic rebounds, she has settled into a long-distance relationship with handsome Jake McIntyre. Things are certainly looking up…at least, until ...
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After rebounding from a broken engagement and relinquishing her job in sports PR, the irrepressible Waverly Bryson has a new man, a new career, and a new lease on life. Her part-time gig as an advice columnist has proven to be as entertaining as it is affirming, and her fledgling greeting card line, Honey Notes, is off to a promising start. After a series of disastrous romantic rebounds, she has settled into a long-distance relationship with handsome Jake McIntyre. Things are certainly looking up…at least, until lingering emotional baggage threatens her love life and her best friends stun her with a pair of shocking announcements. Suddenly, Waverly is faced with being left behind by everyone she loves. And in true Waverly fashion, things must get comically worse before they can get better. It takes forming an unexpected new friendship with an elderly neighbor and meddling in the love lives of two of her coworkers to make “the American Bridget Jones” realize that although life — before and after thirty — never fails to be messy and unpredictable, friendship and love make it all worthwhile.
Posted December 14, 2011
Looking for a main character who will make you laugh and shake your head at the same time? This is the book for you. Waverly is always surrounded by drama, some she creates herself and some she seems to walk into. She finally seems to have her life back on track. She has a new boyfriend and her job is doing well. It doesn't seem to be long, though, before new complications begin popping up. Will Waverly find a way to control the drama or will it take over her life?
As a character, Waverly is very good at interacting with the reader. She's a bit of a sympathetic character, the reader is likely to feel sorry for her numerous mishaps and mistakes. However, she can also be silly, kind, and smart; she is a likable character. The secondary characters round out the novel, filling in the plot gaps and giving Waverly more material to work with. The dialogue is engaging and fun to reader, the reader will find that the dialogue moves the plot along quickly.
This book is a fast-read, the reader will want to discover what Waverly is up to and if it will work out. The events were interesting enough, every once and a while there was a slight lag, but not much of one. The ending was perfect, fit perfectly with Waverly's typical reactions. This book is recommended to adult readers.
Posted November 29, 2011
To begin, I had actually never read Murnane's first Waverly book, Perfect on Paper, until I was actually finished with this book. Having said that, there was never a moment while I was reading It's A Waverly Life that made me feel lost when there was a reference to the first book. However, after reading this book, I immediately wanted to go back and read the first because Waverly is an amazing character that's easy to relate to and a personality that will charm the wits out of you. You just can't get enough of her!
At the beginning, everything seems to be going wonderful for Waverly.. but of course, all that glitters is not gold. Soon, things start going downhill and it seems as though all of it will consume her. However, Waverly never acts like a little damsel-in-distress. She takes charge and always confronts whatever may be going wrong. I love her attitude and the way that she doesn't seem to give up, even when you feel as a reader like you would if you were in her shoes.
The romance in this story is just like it is in real life, it has its ups and its downs. But that's what makes love so much fun.. if you want it, you have to work for it. To my surprise though, the romance was not the center of attention in this story - which I really liked. Instead, it focused on other aspects of Waverly's life along with giving us a good helping of the romance along the way. I loved it.
Overall, this was a wonderful read. I especially enjoyed all of the twists and turns in the story that kept me on the edge of my seat, eagerly wondering what was going to happen next. This isn't a YA read, but it is a story that Chick Lit fans will thoroughly enjoy.
Posted November 24, 2011
A sequel that is just as good as the first book. I love reading a sequel, I already know the characters and can easily get settled into the story. I even love it more when the sequel lives up to the first book, makes my day!
A sweet story about a young woman who is trying to find balance between a work life and a blossoming love life. At the same time there are a lot of changes going on around her, friends are finding love and moving on to suburbia, so this story is more than what is happening to just Waverly.
This chick lit book is perfect to curl up with during these cold months, but don't forget to start with the first book - Perfect on Paper. I will definitely be watching out for what will be coming next from this author.
Posted October 5, 2011
In San Francisco, Waverly Bryson has come a long way since her long time fiancé Aaron Vaughn dumped her just before their wedding; while at the same time she lost her job as a sports PR specialist (see Perfect on Paper). She created the reasonably successful Honey Notes greeting cards and has a weekly advice column Honey On Your Mind in the San Francisco Sun.
At the wedding of McKenna Taylor Kimball, one of her two BFFs (Andie Barnett being the other), Waverly met NBA physical therapist Jake McIntyre of Atlanta. They hit it off and share a geographically challenged relationship with each visiting the other in their home city and in Argentina where he is on assignment. However, Waverly fears diving too deep into the relationship pool having failed to move on passed the doubts caused by the end of her engagement. Adding to her trauma of being left behind by herself is McKenna is pregnant and heading to the burbs and Andie has met the one. On the other hand her new upstairs neighbor elderly Red Springfield encourages her to swing the bat if she wants a chance to hit a home run.
It's A Waverly Life is a delightful chick lit romance starring a charming cast of friends, but owned by the title character whose doubts keep her from believing in herself. Although Waverly's lack of confidence turns at times irritating, reads will enjoy her seeking her groove with Jake and her two buddies while wondering who Red is and what the strange notes she receives mean.