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

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

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by Maria Murnane
     
 

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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

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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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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:
02/09/2010
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
866,481
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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