Total Waste of Makeup

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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, the trendiest neighborhood in L.A. 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 thirty, chronically single, and faced with serving as maid of honor at her younger sister's wedding. Charlie finds herself struggling to juggle ...
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Overview

Charlize "Charlie" Edwards certainly knows, in theory, what it takes to lead a successful and happy life. She owns a nice house in Silverlake, the trendiest neighborhood in L.A. 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 thirty, 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.
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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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"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312348724
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/27/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 147,874
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Kim Gruenenfelder is the author of Misery Loves Cabernet and There's Cake in My Future, among other books, as well as feature films, episodic teleplays, and two stage plays.

Allyson Ryan has narrated over fifty audiobooks, among them On the Divinity of Second Chances by Kaya McLaren, for which Allyson received an AudioFile Earphones Award. She also has an extensive stage and TV resume, and appears as "Young Mom" in dozens of TV commercials

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Familiar

    Its like 27 dresses

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    ehhh.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2008

    loved this book

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2007

    Laugh out loud

    This book was laugh out loud funny and completely adorable! This book will leave you wanting more of Kim Gruenenfelder.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2007

    Loved this Chick Book

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    Rock

    Loved so much perf pres for girls

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    Fun quirky characters

    The was a great escape from reality book. The characters were fun, quirky and likeable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    Read it in one weekend

    Great read for long bus trips home from college

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Great... until the ending

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Amazing!

    This is a fun read for the summer. I couldnt put it down! The plot and character development was well writen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Cute and good advice

    I bought it because it was on sale and I was pleasently sorprised

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Funny and sweet

    It is funny and sweet. I expected a different end but like this anyway. Worth reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Must read Must Read

    Funny heartfelt FULL OF AMAZING ADVISE!!! READ IT READ IT READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    Fun, Fun

    This was just a fun read. It moved really well, kept my attention and made me giggle throughout. Recommend.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Loved this book!

    By far the best book out of her other ones! Definitely a chick lit book, very funny. Lots of lols!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2011

    I actually laughed out loud

    This is a great book. It is hysterical. I can't say enough great things about this book. It was worth every penny. I would highly recommend buying this book! I can hardly wait to read more from this author.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    charming and seriously fun

    couldnt put it down...you want charlie to be your best friend and you can completely relate to her crazy family! a must read for a fun, light hearted beach day read!!!

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    Great book

    I loved the story line in this book. It was quick moving, interesting and fun. It's a light and easy read. You really relate to the quirks of the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

    For every single woman in her 30's

    What a great book.

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  • Posted October 8, 2009

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    The Perfect 'Love Guide'

    "A Total waste of Makeup' is the perfect love guide for all woman! I am amazed at how this book had the BEST advice. All woman know deep in their hearts that "You should never wait by the phone for a man to call," along with mostly all the other advice that has been given. This book was fabulous and I would have to put it as one of my favorite reads in the chic lit genre. The characters are phenomenal and 'true'. The story was original and fun! All woman should read this, and pass some advice along to your friends who dreadfully don't listen to the rules of womanhood!

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