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Perfect on Paper (The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Maria Murnane
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Book Description

"Meet the new Bridget Jones." (PopSugar Daily)

"A light and funny read. If you've ever felt like your life wasn't going the way you'd planned, then you can't help but connect with Waverly's tale." (Becky Lejeune for Bookbitch.com)

Anything can look perfect on paper. When her fiance calls off their wedding at the last minute, Waverly Bryson wonders if her life will ever turn out the way she thought it would...or should. Her high-powered job in sports PR? Not so perfect. Her relationship with her dad? Far from it. Her perfect marriage? Enough said. To keep sane, Waverly makes a habit of jotting down "Honey Notes," her own brand of self-deprecating wisdom and a pipe-dream for a line of greeting cards.

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 us that everyone has a bad date (or twelve), and that everyone eventually needs a best friend to tell them,"Honey, you are not alone."


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    “Meet the new Bridget Jones.” (PopSugar Daily)

    “A light and funny read…If you’ve ever felt like your life wasn’t going the way you’d planned, then you can’t help but connect with Waverly’s tale.” (Becky Lejeune for Bookbitch.com)

    Anything can look perfect on paper. When her fiancé calls off their wedding at the last minute, Waverly Bryson wonders if her life will ever turn out the way she thought it would...or should. Her high-powered job in sports PR? Not so perfect. Her relationship with her dad? Far from it. Her perfect marriage? Enough said. To keep sane, Waverly makes a habit of jotting down "Honey Notes," her own brand of self-deprecating wisdom and a pipe-dream for a line of greeting cards.

    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 us that everyone has a bad date (or twelve), and that everyone eventually needs a best friend to tell them, “Honey, you are not alone.”

    About the Author

    A former PR executive who abandoned a successful career to pursue a more fulfilling life, Maria Murnane is the bestselling author of the romantic comedies Katwalk, Cassidy Lane, Perfect on Paper, It’s a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, and Chocolate for Two, which garnered a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Originally from California, she now lives in Brooklyn, a stone’s throw from the Brooklyn Promenade. Learn more at www.mariamurnane.com.


    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 828 KB
    • Print Length: 353 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982555040
    • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (26 Jan. 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002WGC8JG
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    The story of how Maria became an author is a little crazy. She used to work in high-tech PR but hated it, so she quit and ended up playing semi-pro soccer in Argentina for a year. While she was down there she decided to write a novel, which was something she'd always dreamed of doing. Fast forward a few years and a LOT of perseverance to land a publishing contract, and she's now the best-selling author of the Waverly Bryson series (Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, Chocolate for Two), as well as Cassidy Lane, Katwalk, and Wait for the Rain. And yes, she still plays a lot of soccer!

    Learn more and sign up for her monthly newsletter at www.mariamurnane.com

    If you enjoy Maria's books, please tweet @mariamurnane and "like" her fan page at www.facebook.com/mariamurnane.

    To contact her via email, send a note to maria@mariamurnane.com. She loves hearing from readers and personally responds to every message!

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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special 12 Jun. 2011
    Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    For the majority of this book, nothing much happens. Waverly's relationship breaks up, which is skimmed over very quickly. Waverly then spills things over herself a lot, goes on some bad dates (but not funny-bad, just boring), and writes her Honey Notes. Which are often neither amusing nor wise, eg: "What's worse than a really bad first date? Honey, realising you're out of ice cream when you get home", or "Scared to death by your clients? Honey, it's better than being scared to death by your unemployment officer". There wasn't any backstory to help me care about Waverly, and I found it impossible to tell her friends or colleagues apart as they are given quips, but no personality.

    Later on the plot starts moving, and by the end of the book Waverly has changed her life, but it all comes about easily, without conflict or excitement- and didn't affect me emotionally. She doesn't seem to develop much, except for some fairly trite insights about her father. There's a fake ending followed by a real one, which I found irritating as it seemed the author was trying to have her cake and eat it.

    I suppose that by not being particularly dramatic or amusing the book is quite true to life (except for the infallible luck Waverly seems to have), but that's not a lot of fun to read about. It's a super-quick and easy read but at the end I just found I hadn't been particularly entertained.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted take on single life 28 Aug. 2011
    By roses TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    I've only just recently started getting into the 'chick lit' genre and really enjoyed the humorous way in which the main character Waverly Bryson portrays the highs and lows of single life in San Francisco. After just being jilted at the altar and helped by her two best girly friends we see how Waverly adapts to the dating scene once again and how she copes with the change. She is a character with troubles that I think the average reader would be able to identify with, including relationship problems with her father and a job that is far from perfect. Waverly uses her quirky humour, to start a pipe dream of greeting cards to remind us that, with the downs of single life, you are not alone, and that perhaps life never really turns out how you planned it. I haven't read a narrative which is told through a humorous way before and I found it refreshing, albeit the ending was a little predictable, I ended up feeling glad, because the characters were so likeable, and every girl could probably find one way or another to relate. Great if you wanted something to cheer you up.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read 6 Jan. 2012
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I have always read chick-lit and this is one of the best. Waverley Bryson is a great character and represents a little of all women who have ever been in love, wanted to be in love, had their heart broken, hated their job, not known where they are going in life, pretty much a glimpse of my life (or at least parts of it) in a book. Maria Murnane has a great way of making you feel like you know Waverley and want to be friends with her, you might even already be friends with a 'Waverley'. I like that it doesn't always focus on any particular thing too much. When she finally meets someone you know she should be with, Waverley isn't always aware of that and I like that because it isn't focussed purely on the love happy ending part. I absolutely love the Honey Notes idea and only wished I had come up with the idea first.
    A truly fabulous book, look up Maria Murnane and how she got Waverley to the world, a truly inspirational author.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted chick-lit 23 Aug. 2011
    By Tech 2.0 TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    This is an easy read with funny and likeable characters. A good mix of characters, this is a nice quick easy read ideal for holidays or the beach. I'm not sure about the ending myself but a good escapist read.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious on Paper. 23 Jun. 2011
    By Uenna TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    Perfect on Paper was a funny and light-hearted read. Maria Muranane's portrayal of Waverly Bryson was truly hilarious and very entertaining. After virtually being left at the altar by her would be Mr Perfect, Waverly is left to battle through the no man's land that is the dating world. Luckily, she has her best friends McKenna and Andie to help her through her ordeals, (well maybe more laugh her through) and ford her way through the losers, jerks and just general mishaps that show-up to take her out.

    Perfect on Paper is one of those books that remind us that sometimes what we wanted and planned for ourselves isn't always what would have been best for us. Life has a funny way of giving us exactly what we need at the expense of what we want. Life happens, and when we least expect it love happens. Overall I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend that anybody who would like to take some time to escape the drudges of life with the (mis)adventures of Waverly Bryson, should most definitely do so.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Good Girlie Lit 2 Dec. 2011
    By Dobsew
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Waverly Bryson is not the luckiest female when it comes to relationships. It doesn't matter what type of relationship it is, she has issues and as she approaches 30 she soon realises that there is only one person who can make her life better and make her happy and that's herself.

    This book is the journey of Waverly's discovery to happiness and with the help of her friends, work colleagues and dates, she sets out to be a success and make her dreams come true.

    This is a fun, witty well written book that will appeal to all those female readers who are career singletons as well as those who remember what its like to be single and wanting to find happiness. The connection between the three best friends since college is very tight and the way they pick holes in each other is just priceless. It is easy to pick a scene in the book and picture yourself in the same situation. There are plenty of funny antidotes that will touch any reader.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted read
    Lovely lighthearted read, great story from start to finish. Good holiday book. Hope there's another installment to this sweet story.
    Published 5 days ago by Lizzy P
    2.0 out of 5 stars Perfect on Paper: The (Mis)Adventures of Waverley
    I really did not like this book at all. The things that she was doing after the breakup happened I would never buy. Read more
    Published 21 days ago by Unknown
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    A good read, with gentle humour
    Published 23 days ago by Karen Geddes
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    thank you just great jaf
    Published 2 months ago by alan frost
    1.0 out of 5 stars Bore
    Very slow. Had too many cringe moments that wouldn't happen in real life. Trying to be funny but failed terribly.
    Published 2 months ago by Sarah
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
    Loved this book so much! Waverly is hilarious. I enjoyed making this journey with her. A wonderful set of friends too. Great stuff!
    Published 6 months ago by K A Haw
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love it
    Published 6 months ago by Julie carter
    2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
    Easy reading also
    Published 8 months ago by Mrs Debbie Dadd
    3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Holiday read
    Not bad, just do not like the annoying "honey notes", be better without them!
    Published 8 months ago by ROSECLAS
    5.0 out of 5 stars LOL!
    This book certainly made me chuckle. Some of the dates Waverly went on brought a big smile to my face. Loved every single thing in this book. Really enjoyed it. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
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