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Perfect on Paper (Waverly Bryson #1)

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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, but after getting ditched at the alter she's in no hurry to get one. Besides, plenty of other issues keep her busy, including her wayward father, a new rival ...more
Published February 9th 2010 by AmazoneEncore (first published 2008)
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Sep 01, 2010 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
Jul 18, 2008 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.
Aug 28, 2008 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.
Dec 29, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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Christina Haddad
Mar 02, 2011 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 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.
Jan 12, 2009 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
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 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
Tonya Plank
Apr 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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The way Maria became an author is a little crazy. She used to work in high-tech PR but hated it, so one day 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 she's now the best-selling author of Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Y ...more
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