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A Total Waste of Makeup

(Charlize Edwards #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  11,779 ratings  ·  450 reviews
Charlize "Charlie" Edwards certainly knows, in theory, what it takes to lead a successful and happy life. She owns a nice house in Silverlake, LA's trendiest neighborhood. 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 30, chr
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published December 8th 2005)
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Sep 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is a total laugh out loud book! I was even laughing out loud on the train, I am sure I got a few interesting looks... I would recommend this book to any women that needs a lite read and a reality check that they are not alone in the wonderful crazy world of dating and relationships.
4.5 ★
This book was hilarious. The diary entries were the best, LOL.
The protagonist, Charlie, is a pathologically-single-made-of-honor-for-her-little-sis-about-to-turn-thirty gal. She has a glamorous, high paying job, as she works for one of Hollywood’s top celebrities, but her track record with man is disastrous. She’s writing a diary for her great-grandniece with advices for dating, and life in general.
I enjoyed this book. Charlie’s family is nuts, and Charlie herself is super funny.
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Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Struggling to deal with serving as maid of honor at her younger sister's wedding, turning thirty, and her demanding job as personal assistant to Hollywood's sexiest movie star, Drew Stanton, Charlize ''Charlie'' Edwards begins to reevaluate her life.

I really liked this book because 1) I'm turning 30 as well and 2) I work in the crazy media field too and understand the demands and spoils of it. I think Kim Gruenenfelder really knows how to write a female character that you can relate to and want
Jan 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
Kill me now.

I read this for my book club and that's the ONLY reason I finished it. Vapid, irredeemable drivel about a shallow, pathetic person.

I made it to the end thinking that eventually SOMETHING interesting would happen.



Lameya Labiba
The writing's pretty funny but it's not for me. Maybe because it's an older book, most of the advices and philosophies struck a wrong chord with me. The mc has all the qualities I hate in a protagonist.
So, 2.5 stars..
I loved this book, really a LOL one.
The diary entries were so much fun!
The romance could have been a notch stronger, let's see what happens in book #2...
Jan 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Very very good book. Want ot read more by this author
Jun 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
I came upon this book accidentally, having bumped into the author at a Border's book signing. I was lured in with the phrase "Stephanie Plum." Okay, I thought, this needs to be seen because one does not take the name of Plum in vain.

Man, am I glad I did.

Kim Gruenenfelder has created really good chick lit.


Although popular, Bridget Jones and Rebecca Bloomwood (Shopaholic) are a couple of neurotic nitwits and popular culture being oriented on the "monkey see, monkey do" model, so-calle
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
I'll make this a quick review and say that this book s a funny read with a bad story. The author clearly knows how to slip in humor in almost every scene, but the story was lacking.
First, the story was very slow. Like, I'm-halfway-through-the-book-and-there's-still-nothing-happening slow. One of the things that kept me going and overlook this was the fact that it was a funny read. There were funny scenes and the characters were interesting enough to continue reading about their adventures; the
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Sometimes you just have to read a book for the sake of just reading a book save for the fact that you need an escape. This is just that book. While I was not overly impressed with it, "A Total Waste of Makeup" by Kim Gruenenfelder allowed me to forget about my own problems for awhile and let me concentrate on Charlize "Charlie" Edwards issues.

Going back and reviewing the book now for details and substance just left me flat. As I sit here and struggle with what to say, maybe that's the whole poin
Dec 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any woman in her 20s or 30s
I can't rave enough about this novel! Yes, it falls into the chick-lit genre, but it's completely devoid of the vapid, two-dimensional characters and highly unlikely escapades that are all too common in women's fiction. And, If that wasn't enough of a reason to pick it up, it's hilarious too.

Charlie is a perfect heroine - smart, funny and flawed, she will remind you of, well, you. What pushes this novel to the top are the great secondary characters. Her friends and family were all pretty realist
Nov 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Made me laugh out loud, and who doesn't love a book that can do that? Great characters, especailly Drew, the zany, loveable employer of the book's herione. I think what I truly enjoyed about this book was that so many of the charcacters and situations reminded me of my own wacky life and to try and remember to treasure your friends and family despite all their nutty nuttiness.
Nov 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A quick read... cute fictional story with lots of advice on dating and life in general. Most are cliche. My favorite quote: "Don't be jealous of anyone. I guarantee you, if everyone walked into a room, and dumped their problems onto the floor, when they saw what everyone else's problems were, they'd be scrambling to get their own proiblems back before someone else got to them first."
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Erin by: Stephanie
Shelves: chick-lit, favorites
I totally loved the book! Charlie's family and friends remind me of my friends and family. The way she describes her family totally reminds me of my family. LOL...this was a great book. I laughed out loud to some of the things she would say or to things I can relate to.
Sep 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
While total chick lit - it is funny, smart, and not the usual blather - I wish this author would write more.
May 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Fun read. I actually enjoyed it. It brightened up my commute, which is a big deal for me.
Kimberly Jones
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pick the book up in January and put it down...then picked it back up and really got into it. It was actually better than I expected once I got over the slump I was in.
Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
I started reading this book and was immediately put off by the cliched, sexist "rules" the narrator was writing into her notebook. I considered giving up on the book right then, but thought I should plow through anyway. And the book did pick up a tad from there (if I'd given a review at that point it would have been one star), but still, the whole thing was just... useless.

The book is your typical chick lit. Nothing really happens. The plot is typical--girl is 30 and alone, keeps dating unsuitab
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I read this book eons ago. I loved the snappy dialogue and the main character Charlize (otherwise known as Charlie) and her crazy family and friends.

I had a horrible day the other day and all I did was hunker down and read this and the next book in the series since they are go to laugh out loud books for me. Long story short, I was in a car accident (I am fine) but am irritated that I had to take the day off work to deal with insurance companies and drive my car to an auto body repair shop for
Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of chick lit by Sophie Kinsella, Emily Giffin, etc.
Recommended to Brittany by: Myself
How I Came To Read This Book: Another bargain buy from Chapters to fill an order for free shipping.

The Plot: This is a bit of a loose plot - essentially it surrounds Charlie, a woman on the verge of 30 who is caught up with her little sister's upcoming wedding. Not one to be entirely bitter, Charlie, single and working for her wacked out celebrity boss as his confidante & PA, decides to pen a journal to her future grandniece (from her sister's line) with bits of wisdom and questions about ho
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A Total Waste of Makeup was a hilarious, fast-paced novel about a single woman turning thirty. It was nonstop laugh out loud funny and I could identify the whole way through. Charlize (Charlie) Edwards is almost out of her twenties, unmarried, and about to attend her little sister's wedding. She has the house, the career, but is still missing the love. Her story is told through an advice manual written for her grand-niece, as she doesn't believe she will have children, let alone grandchildren, o ...more
Mar 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, 2011-reads
A Total Waste of Makeup is chick lit at its finest, and it was perfect for a few afternoons on the beach.

Charlize "Charlie" Edwards lives the happy, single, carefree life in LA. She has famous friends, lives in one of the trendiest neighborhoods, and she works as the personal assistant to one of Hollywood's sexiest stars. However, as she turns 30 and prepares to be the maid of honor for her younger sister's wedding, she begins to wonder if she'll ever be able to find Mr. Right.

Yes, the theme is
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this book years ago, but couldn't remember anything that happened. I have also been dying to read Misery Loves Cabernet (the sequel to this book with such a cute, quirky title), but, being the nerd that I am, just could not read it without remembering everything that happened in the first book. So I sat down and devoured A Total Waste of Makeup for the second time.

I LOVE the notes that Charlie writes for her great-great grandniece. She's hilarious, and I sometimes even saved some of her
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A Total Waste of Makeup is a fun, spunky, comical chick lit read with really outrageously, memorable and relatable characters.

If you have ever had that commitment-hating girlfriend, that "gorgeous but pretends like she doesn't know it" girlfriend, those parents who insist on givng you "good" advise with "the best intentions" (that never seem to be the case), the "bride-to-be" sister that uses you as a middle-man for what she wants and what your parents want, or that forever-changing-his-mind bo
Jul 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book was chick lit at it's best! Full of cliches and fluff and everything I was looking for summer laugh out read :) It was a book about a 30 something, single girl who works as an assistant to a movie star. Plot? Not so much.. I didn't really care. It was just fun to read.
The book is full of funny cliches that are written to her great grandniece - things she wishes she would have known when she was 16 and wants to pass along. Niece.. because she has no current prospects.
Some of the things
Jul 10, 2015 added it
I mostly liked this book. Fav character......Drew of course. He is so sweet and random you just can't help but love him. There were some funny moments throughout the book and I think that is what made it more enjoyable than the story itself. I realize now looking back I never really formed a picture in my mind as to what the characters or scenes looked like as I was reading which is unusual. In spite of that I would give it 3 to 4 stars only because I'm not a fan of how it's not a horr ...more
Sep 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: girlie-books
Okay, hate to admit it, but i really liked this book. There was an excessive amount of language so if you have a problem there probably not the best book to read. If you don't, totally fun easy read that had me laughing so hard a few times my husband thought I was an idiot. Reminded me a little of the shopaholic books, but I liked this one better.
Aug 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
i enjoyed this book. it was a fun story about charlie who is struggling with being single while her 30th birthday is getting near and her younger sister is getting married. charlie has to deal with her crazy family and is thrown into all sorts of embarrassing situations by her movie star boss. this book made me laugh out loud as i was reading it.
Aug 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Someone looking for an airy summer read
I picked this book up in the bargain section when I was looking for something light and airy to read. I completely loved it! If you're looking for something that doesn't require a lot of thought and fills you up the way a good romantic comedy does, then this is the book to read...
Fiona Bauer
This book was LOL... the diary entries were so much fun!
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Kim Gruenenfelder grew up in and around Los Angeles and began her career in TV at the age of nineteen. In addition to her books A Total Waste of Makeup, Misery Loves Cabernet and There's Cake in My Future, she has written feature films, episodic teleplays and two stage plays. She lives in Los Angeles, California. She loves her fans and can be reached through her website and on Facebook.


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