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Perfect On Paper: The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson (Waverly Bryson #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,511 Ratings  ·  384 Reviews
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 a ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by AmazonEncore (first published 2008)
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Sep 01, 2010 MoyJoy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know how hard it is to write a book and put yourself out there and be subject to criticism and I totally appreciate the author for all the work she put into making this book happen but I just didn't like it.

I'm not going to go into a synopsis since it's been done to death but I found the book and the lead character (and all the characters for that matter) to be incredibly annoying. You know that person you know, perhaps it's a coworker or friend of a friend says one funny thing and runs the j
Aug 29, 2008 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to write a book myself, and admire this author's (a fellow DG!) first effort. It was a fun, light read--nothing unpredictable or profound--formulaic chick lit, heavy on the cliches and stereotypes. But overall, a nice wrap-up to my summer reading and even a nice segue to my own next career move -- Perfect on Paper tells of Waverly ("like the cracker?") Bryson's her busted engagement and her struggle back to coupledom and career satisfaction.
Jul 18, 2008 Lena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lena by: Christy
Great light chick lit to read that takes place in San Francisco. I met the author-wonderful person. Hillariously funny.
Jan 02, 2011 mossum rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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Christina Haddad
Mar 03, 2011 Christina Haddad rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping for a fun, light, chick-lit book to breeze by and make me feel great. While this book was an easy read I felt as though I was reading something written by a high school teenager who got dumped on prom night.
The story is told in the first person by a woman who is 28 and got dumped on her wedding day. The entire book she struggles to admit she gets dumped and dates a string of unbelieveable losers. Her attitude is that of a bitter old woman who will "never" find love and her speech i
John Marr
Sep 19, 2010 John Marr rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while I like to read a litte chick lit to see how the other half thinks. And I can only hope they find this novel as appalling as I do. The heroine so epitomises the obnoxious, spoiled Marina/Pac Heights bimbo it's hard to know where to begin. All I can say is honey, if you have a height requirement, don't come whining to me when he has a cup-size requirement.
Jun 25, 2011 Suzanne rated it liked it
Waverly Bryson is a successful public relations executive who manages a big account for a San Francisco-based PR firm. Just days before her wedding, her fiance decides he can't go through with it. Waverly is so embarrassed, she tells everyone that she was the one who did the dumping. As she tries to move on, she goes through a number of bad dates, and realizes that not only is she unhappy with her love life, she's not exactly happy at work, either. When a new account manager joins the office, Wa ...more
Jul 31, 2010 Malcolm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
love Waverly Bryson. It is impossible not to. She is adorable.

Maria Murnane’s comic romp, “Perfect on Paper” takes us into the tunnel of love that was Waverly’s last year in her twenties, starting at what seemed like the best day of her life (her wedding day to an imminently eligible bachelor) and then following her through the wreckage that ensued the following year (she got left at the altar). Watching Waverly struggle with dating, office politics and self-discovery, it is impossible not to f
Jan 12, 2009 Andi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the opportunity to review a book about bad and surprising break-up that happened to a woman in San Francisco came my way, well, I had to take it. . . . perhaps I had mysteriously written this book in my sleep, and if I had, well, I really should read it, right? And I'm glad I did.

Marian Murnane's debut book, Perfect on Paper, is funny, insightful, and just real. The story is of Waverly Bryson, a woman in her late 20s whose fiance decides to call off their wedding two weeks before the date
Tonya Plank
Apr 23, 2010 Tonya Plank rated it it was amazing
This is a really lovely book, sweet and funny with a cast of characters who are definitely very relatable — the annoying guy who just seems to be everywhere you are, the bitchy competitive co-worker who seems intent on stealing your job, the hot guy in whose presence you just can’t seem not to make an ass of yourself, etc. After being jilted at the altar by her fiance, Waverly sets out on a series of hilariously bad dates in an attempt to overcome her heartbreak and find that ever-elusive Mr. Ri ...more
Apr 19, 2012 Deejay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A trio of alcoholics? I wonder if the drinking and drunken behavior in this book was just fillers?
I commend the author on finishing her book; that was no small task. The characters, for me, had no substance and it seems that all they could think about was the next drink. I borrowed this book from Kindle. Happy I didn't spend any money on it. I wanted to stop reading it many times but continued to the end hoping for more substance.
Oct 16, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Read about it in the MN DG Alumni newsletter
As a former San Franciscan who lived on Bush and Fillmore for far too many of my single years, I can totally relate to Waverly's misadventures. I'm recommending it to all my friends who share past memories of living in an amazing city, during our single years, and experiencing all the crazy dating, intense jobs and wonderful friends the City has to offer. It's a light, easy, but fun read and the story pulls you in from page 1.
Marialuisa Miceli
Chi di voi, lasciata all'altare dal fidanzato, non comincia a sentirsi vittima di uno scherzo crudele del destino, perseguitata dalla nuvola fantozziana?
È quello che succede a Waverly, quando comincia ad accumulare una serie costante di sventure: dal lavoro, all'amore, dalla famiglia, alla salute, non c'è una sola cosa che sembra andare nel verso giusto!
La sua ironia la porta a sdrammatizzare sempre e a scrivere d'istinto un motto per ogni complicata situazione che affronta.
Nasce così l'idea di
Dec 16, 2008 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book synopsis:

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.

Perfect on Paper is a humorous tale of Waverly’s efforts to cobble the pieces of a broken yesterday into a brand new tomorrow. What does the future have in store for her?
Apr 14, 2009 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This charming story was just the thing to take the sting out of the first several days of a doctor ordered mobility restriction. When I was told to stay off my left leg as much as possible and keep it elevated last January, I was really discouraged and tempted to be blue but that mood could not be sustained under the force of the witty dialogue and hilarious, sometimes slapstick shenanigans of Waverly Bryson the protagonist of Maria Murnane's romantic comedy.

Waverly is in her late twenties, has
Jan 06, 2012 gille rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiftyfiftyme
Perfect on Paper roped me in from page one. I was a little unsure at first because I just recently read a different book that began with someone being left at the altar, but the casual way in which the story was written grabbed my attention immediately. The main character is a woman in her late 20s named Waverly Bryson. I was really able to relate to her in that many of the things she said are things I would say. In fact, more than once I read a line or two from the book to my boyfriend because ...more
Andy Wilkerson
Nov 26, 2012 Andy Wilkerson rated it it was ok
I was really disappointed in this book. I was expecting something more along the lines of Sophie Kinsella where the main character is this adorkable female that always seems to be the one getting into a ridiculous situation that is hilarious to readers, and everything seems to work out in the end....but it wasn't. Actually, the only parts that I liked about this book were the Honey Notes and the quick wit banters between friends. Those parts were golden. It was everything else that was the disap ...more
Nov 21, 2008 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waverly Bryson has just been dumped by her fiancé. Waverly is through with men. Luckily for Waverly she has friends like Andie and McKenna to help her pick up the pieces. Friends are great but nothing beats a couple good stiff drinks. Just one piece of advice and that is “Always drink in moderation”; unfortunately for Waverly she should have followed this advice, especially while attending a business event. Not a great way to represent Jag, the company Waverly works for in the sports public rela ...more
Jun 18, 2011 Britni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect on Paper by Marie Murnane is a light and fun read that kept me hooked from the beginning to end. Waverly Bryson was days away from her wedding to wealthy Aaron Vaughn when he told her that he wasn't sure if he actually loved her and called the wedding off. Her life suddenly went from perfect to pointless. The year after the breakup she goes through the motions of living her life as a big-time sports agent and hanging out with her best friends.

The book really starts to pickup when she mee
Mar 27, 2012 Vero rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blacklisted
I downloaded this book for free via amazon prime looking for some light reading but I wasn't expecting such a painfully stupid book. Im not saying I'm above books like these -- I read Y/A novels for goodness sakes, but man this was mind-numbingly painful. I could barely get through the first few chapters, I hated the characters so much. I kept reading how this was the next Bridget Jones, how funny and witty the main character was, etc. All I have to say is no wonder the fiance left Waverly at th ...more
May 15, 2013 Veronica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of the worst books I have ever read. It was recommended to me by a friend...we're not friends anymore. I kid, but seriously, it was that bad. If I were 12 I might like this book, but I'm not, I'm almost 30 and I am frankly embarrassed to confess to the world that I read this book start to finish. As a disclaimer I couldn't finish 50 Shades of Grey because the writing was so bad. This book makes 50 Shades read like a work of art, I may even consider trying it again....nah, who a ...more
Judit Sereg
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Sep 11, 2010 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young twentysomethings
I was not the target audience for this book. The protagonist thinks people with children are annoying (ahem) and that skating by at work deserves promotions (I detest slackers) and that being rude and aloof, you will eventually land the man of your dreams who is wealthy, good looking and has been pining away for your immature aloofness. So... I thought this book was a 20-year-old's vision of what adult life is like... in other words, not reality. It could have been categorized as fantasy.
Dawn Abrams
Aug 01, 2012 Dawn Abrams rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am trying to make my way through this book and I keep asking myself, why bother? I am hating it. I feel like I am reading one of my high school friends' creative writing projects for 11th grade creative writing class. It's painful. The deja vu that goes on from chapter to chapter is disturbing. I can't believe I paid for this book.
Jan 23, 2016 Annie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
I read all four of these in one sitting, and they were all TERRIBLE - these women are people who I would very much dislike in real life (for the love of God, stop going on about being single/not being upfront with the men you're dating... you're 30, not 15). But whatever, I'm still counting them.
Mar 16, 2014 Elsia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Az utolsó 20 oldalért kár, de végre megint egy aranyos, szórakoztató, csajos regény, amitől nem kapartam a falat...sőt...
Nov 06, 2010 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was the worst book I've read in a while and quite possibly ever. I can not understand how this author was published.
Sep 15, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast read. I like it. It was a light read. We are reading this in my DG Book Club by a DG author!
The reviews for this book range from one extreme to the other.


Was it easy to read? Yes?
Did the characters annoy you? Sure, but not as much as they could have
Were the characters cliché? Of course! It is a chick lit book after all. There is a formula to these things…there must be an attached best friend and it never hurts to have a gay friend to really tell you how it is but make you feel as safe and loved while he does it.
Does it suck to get dumped? Usually. Does it REALLY suck t
Jun 15, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a good chick lit book with a strong female lead
I stumbled across this book as a daily audible deal so I listened to it rather than read it.

I was originally drawn to it because the story begins with the main character being left at the altar (a week before the wedding so not technically at the altar). I was never left at the altar but I went through a split with my ex fiancé that turned my world upside down because I wasn't expecting it. I related to her from the start in the "where do I go from here??" aspect of it.

This book (and narrator) n
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Maria's road to becoming 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, and she's now the best-selling author of Perfect on Paper, It's a W ...more
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