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Perfect on Paper (The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson Book 1) by [Murnane, Maria]
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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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1209 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (26 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002WGC8JG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,187 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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I found this book and the following runners up about a girl called Waverly and her friends of reaching 30 a good and interesting read, but judging by the reviews some people have written they would not agree with me, but hey each to their own and I thoroughly enjoyed it and am continuing to read the next in the series of her life.
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Lightweight, amusing tale that is almost believable, and I know someone very like this character, Waverley!
Worth a read for a lazy day, if you like an almost love story, without all the sloppiness.
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I didn't find this laugh-out-loud funny but it was a warm and mostly cheerful read, it meant well. I could have done without some of the catchphrases, however it is written with more humour and has a more chatty conversational feel than a lot of women's fiction. Overall, there aren't many surprises but I enjoyed this enough to want to read the next one.
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