Total Waste of Makeup

Total Waste of Makeup

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by Kim Gruenenfelder
     
 

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Charlize "Charlie" Edwards certainly knows, in theory, what it takes to lead a successful and happy life. She owns a nice house in Silverlake, LA's trendiest neighborhood. She has glamorous and loyal friends who accompany her to the hottest clubs in town. And she works as the personal assistant to Drew Stanton, Hollywood's sexiest movie star. But she's also turning

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Charlize "Charlie" Edwards certainly knows, in theory, what it takes to lead a successful and happy life. She owns a nice house in Silverlake, LA's trendiest neighborhood. She has glamorous and loyal friends who accompany her to the hottest clubs in town. And she works as the personal assistant to Drew Stanton, Hollywood's sexiest movie star. But she's also turning 30, chronically single, and faced with serving as maid of honor at her younger sister's wedding. Charlie finds herself struggling to juggle the chaos of wedding planning (while wondering if she'll ever wear the white dress herself), her all-consuming job for lunatic boss Stanton, and a serious crush on Jordan, a photographer on the set of Drew's latest feature--a man who might actually return her feelings. A page-turner from start to finish, A Total Waste of Makeup puts a fresh face on women's fiction.

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“Gruenenfelder, a Hollywood screenwriter, knows her setting and her craft. Well-written characters and a wicked sense of humor help this debut stand above the usual chick-lit fare.” —Library Journal

A Total Waste of Makeup is the perfect love guide for every girl (and their granddaughters and grandnieces).” —Cecilia Ahern, author of P.S. I Love You and Rosie Dunne

“A hilarious cast of characters and the funniest, coolest heroine since Stephanie Plum...you will not be able to put this one down.” —MaryJanice Davidson, author of Undead and Unappreciated

Library Journal
Charlize "Charlie" Edwards enjoys her job as a personal assistant to a hot male movie star, but as she turns 30, she finds herself reflecting on and wanting more out of life. Being her younger sister's maid of honor makes her feel old and alone, her family is driving her crazy, and it doesn't help that her best friend and her boss are becoming romantically involved. Convinced that she'll never have children of her own, she writes advice to pass on to a future grandniece-and realizes she knows a lot more than she gives herself credit for. Yet dating again just brings more disappointment and angst: after a seeming Mr. Right goes wrong, she falls head over heels for a gorgeous set photographer she's not even sure likes her. It all comes to a head at her sister's disastrous Las Vegas bachelorette party. Gruenenfelder, a Hollywood screenwriter, knows her setting and her craft. Well-written characters and a wicked sense of humor help this debut stand above the usual chick-lit fare. Recommended for larger fiction collections or where chick lit is popular.-Rebecca Vnuk, River Forest P.L., IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A personal assistant tries to define the rules of dating in Hollywood. Charlie Edwards spends most of her days tending to the whims of movie star Drew Stanton, whose celebrity supposedly rivals that of Tom Cruise. When she isn't booking his massages and interviewing his personal trainers, Charlie finds time to write observations about life and love in her journal, which is filled with advice meant to be passed along to her future great-grandniece. This burst of introspection is the result of Charlie's looming 30th birthday-to be celebrated sans boyfriend. To make matters worse, her little sister, Andy, is beating her down the aisle. Forced to put dreams of love on hold, Charlie musters the necessary enthusiasm to support Andy. Thankfully, she has two loyal girlfriends with whom to share her frustrations-the three hit the town, reveal their vulnerabilities and regale each other with dating horror stories. The honesty of emotion they share is refreshing. Gruenenfelder's debut supplies a splendid vacation from reality. At times better than re-runs of your favorite Friends episodes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312348724
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
12/27/2005
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
263,186
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Kim Gruenenfelder lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son, and continues to avoid anything even remotely resembling a real job. In addition to her books, including Misery Loves Cabernet and There's Cake in My Future, she has written feature films, episodic teleplays and two stage plays.

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Total Waste of Makeup 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 141 reviews.
madison77 More than 1 year ago
Its like 27 dresses
LB48 More than 1 year ago
I bought this because I felt "theres cake in my future" was one of the best chick lit books I've read. This, however, was incredibly slow and I felt no connection with the main character. "cake" was laugh out loud funny, and every character was relatable and endearing, but this is rough to finish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first chick lit and i thought it was great. I usually read more horror/sci fi kind of books and this was a good change. It started out in my opinion kind of slow but once it picked up I couldn't put it down. This book make me cheer, laugh, and even feel bad for the characters. This is the first book I've read and felt like Charlie, Dawn, Drew, and Andy were my friends as well. A book you can really relate too especially if your single or just got out of the single world. Loved it cant say it enough and i went looking for a sequel guess what no luck. I would definitely read again on a hot or cold day. especially loved some of the quotes in the book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was laugh out loud funny and completely adorable! This book will leave you wanting more of Kim Gruenenfelder.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Great characters, great read. I couldn't put it down. For any woman who has looked for mister right has gone through what this main character has gone through. The book made me laugh and took me away for the seriousness of everyday life. It made me laugh out loud. Was a great book to read after reading a psychological thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining enough, but some major holes in the story while elaborating too much in other places.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved so much perf pres for girls
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The was a great escape from reality book. The characters were fun, quirky and likeable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read for long bus trips home from college
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, easy, and truthful. Excelent character development, too. I loved it until the very end, which was more than a little trite. Not much else I can say without writing spoilers. That said, I'm not sorry I bought it.
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This is a fun read for the summer. I couldnt put it down! The plot and character development was well writen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought it because it was on sale and I was pleasently sorprised
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It is funny and sweet. I expected a different end but like this anyway. Worth reading!
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Funny heartfelt FULL OF AMAZING ADVISE!!! READ IT READ IT READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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This was just a fun read. It moved really well, kept my attention and made me giggle throughout. Recommend.
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