Perfect on Paper: The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson

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Overview

Waverly Bryson is a successful businesswoman in her late 20s who almost has it all: a dream job in sports PR, two best friends, and a bar where everybody knows her name. What she doesn’t have is a ring on her finger. And after being ditched at the altar, she’s in no hurry to get one. Besides, plenty of other issues keep her busy, including her wayward father, a new rival at work, and an ever-nagging fear that her life is not turning out as she thought it would . . . or should. To stay sane, Waverly makes a habit ...

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Overview

Waverly Bryson is a successful businesswoman in her late 20s who almost has it all: a dream job in sports PR, two best friends, and a bar where everybody knows her name. What she doesn’t have is a ring on her finger. And after being ditched at the altar, she’s in no hurry to get one. Besides, plenty of other issues keep her busy, including her wayward father, a new rival at work, and an ever-nagging fear that her life is not turning out as she thought it would . . . or should. To stay sane, Waverly makes a habit of jotting down “Honey Notes,” self-deprecating bits of single-girl humor that she hopes to one day develop into a line of greeting cards.

Can’t face the dating scene after a bad breakup?
Honey, hit the bar, and hit it hard.
Beer goggles are the lonely girl’s Cupid.

As Waverly stumbles back into the dating scene (no stalkers or jean shorts, please), her personal and professional lives threaten to collide. Perfect on Paper reminds listeners that everyone has had a bad date (or twelve), and that everyone needs a best friend to tell them, “Honey, you are not alone.”

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Waverly's fiancé calls off the wedding at the last minute, and she finds her life spiraling downward. Bad dates, a bitchy coworker out for Waverly's job, and her dad's constant problems are starting to wear on her. To keep her head above water, Waverly starts to jot down “Honey Notes,” a pipe dream for a line of funny, self-deprecating greeting cards. Murnane's self-published debut novel, a 2009 National Indie Excellence Award finalist, has been given a boost by Amazon's new imprint, AmazonEncore. This was reissued in February but would make the perfect addition to any summer must-read list. VERDICT Readers looking for humorous chick lit will find plenty of laughs here.
Publishers Weekly
In the first pages of this lively affair, sassy but hapless Waverly is abandoned by too-good-to-be-true fiancé Aaron. Slow to recover, she finds the fallout of her breakup piling up along with other problems: a distant father, a difficult professional situation, and endless dating mishaps. Though helped by two close friends and not a few margaritas, it's Waverly's endearing (sometimes strained) sense of humor that sees her through, encapsulated in the quippy single-girl greeting card series she launches. Even it isn't as glamorous as it seems, the life of a San Francisco yuppie with a job in sports PR makes a vibrant background for Murnane's tale of romantic intrigue and hilarity, and Waverly is likeable enough to sustain the over-long journey. If Murnane relies too heavily on chick lit clichés-the sweet friend and the saucy friend, the slaphappy girls' night out, the heinous date, repeated pratfalls-in-front-of-the-cute-guy-she employs them knowingly, with enough substance to satisfy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982555040
  • Publisher: AmazonEncore
  • Publication date: 2/9/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 705,131
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Maria Murnane is currently an independent marketing writer, residing in New York City. She spent several years in San Francisco as an agent in sports PR, before quitting her job to pursue her passions in life: writing and soccer. She ended up in Argentina where she played semi-pro soccer and wrote the first draft of Perfect on Paper.

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  • Posted July 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A fun romantic comedy!

    From the beginning the reader is able to sympathize with Waverly as she's going through the break up process, dumped by her fiance and you get a glimpse of all the self-doubts the breakup has caused her. There are eccentric dates and work settings to keep us entertained as she tries to move on. Just a fun, romantic comedy to fall in love with!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2010

    Great Read!

    This book is a quick, fun read. It is a wonderful treat for anyone who has felt unlucky in love or just wants to laugh. Waverly's fresh pop culture references and witty, poignant observations are fantastic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    Love this series! Easy read, the characters are quite engaging a

    Love this series! Easy read, the characters are quite engaging and she def. has a tack for making me laugh out loud with all the embarrassing moments Waverly gets herself into!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

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    Chick lit in the truest sense of the genre. A great read!

    Chick lit in the truest sense of the genre. A great read!

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  • Posted November 21, 2011

    Kristin @ Kritters Ramblings

    Reader - are you looking for a chick lit to curl up with this winter? This is the one. (Along with its sequel). From the very beginning you fall in love with Waverly Bryson, a woman with a unique name who by the end of chapter one is left at the altar and trying to recover from the humiliation of it all. A girl who has two wonderful characters to surround her and keep her grounded, these two were both hilarious and heartwarming at the same time.

    My favorite part of this book was the writing. It wasn't too artsy or crazy, it was honest, real and true to the ease of reading that is what makes chick lit one of my favorite genres. The language makes it current and I just love it.
    The other part that I absolutely loved was her journey. As I never want to ruin a book for those who will pick it up, I must say it was nice to see a character who had a true journey from the beginning to the end. In both her personal and professional life, she found true happiness in the end - a new happiness that I didn't think she thought she knew she could.

    A wonderful chick lit read that I can't recommend more. For those who absolutely love a girlie book with a little heart and soul.

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  • Posted August 28, 2010

    Loved it from the first to its last page.

    An extremely funny book to spend a rainy day, or enjoy a sunny Sunday morning with your traveling cappuccino sitting under a tree.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Borrow Someone Else's Copy

    Recently, my book club read this for our last selection because we wanted to read something on the lighter side; while it was on the lighter side, it did not have much substance. I thought it might just be myself that thought the book was trite, but everyone else in our book club agreed - and we rarely completely agree on a book. The main character, Waverly, is kind of like Bridget Jones - but not nearly as witty or funny. The situations that she finds herself in are also ludicrous (I won't elaborate because others may still want to read this book).

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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