Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Book Review: Perfect on Paper: The (Mis) Adventures of Waverly Bryson

Perfect on Paper:
The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson

A humorous tale of affection, rejection
and the search for perfection

By Maria Murnane

Book synopsis:

Anything can look perfect…on paper

When her fiancĂ© 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? Will she finally find what she’s looking for?

Her dates? Cringe-inducing at times, definitely entertaining

Her friends? Often amused, definitely supportive

Her new crush? Possibly intrigued, definitely a catch

The results? Hardly perfect, definitely just right


Perfect on Paper is a story that reflects how a single woman can live a klumzy, chaotic and rollercoaster life, but still come out on top. Waverly Bryson is the funny, smart, girl next door that everyone wants to be around, but she doesn't realize it herself. She wades through her life trying to live the way she thinks it 'should' be and not the way 'she' wants it to be. This book has total chick lit all over it, but I loved it!! Maria Murnane's first book had me laughing out loud so much, my dog kept looking at me like something must be wrong! One 'story' Waverly's friend Andie tells around beer and pizza, just had me laughing all evening!! The "Honey" greeting card idea , that was used at the beginning of each chapter and throughout the book, was a creative idea that made you go 'oh yeah' each time you read one. Here are just 2 examples:

They say laughter is the best medicine?
Honey, toss it in with girlfriends and beer, and you've found the fountain of youth. (inside)

Ever wonder why the new girl at work seems to hate you so much? (front)
Honey, think back to the angst of the high-school lunchroom. Then offer her a seat at your table. (inside)

From Waverly to her girlfriends, co-workers and men she dated, all of these characters are colorfully written in making a well rounded story. If you want to smile until your face hurts or laugh until you cry, then this is the book to get. So go buy a copy, get some hot chocolate and curl up in your favorite chair and enjoy the life of Waverly Bryson...you won't be disappointed.

Rating 5/5

Thanks to Tracee at Pump Up Your Book Promotions for sending me this book and letting me be on the books blog tour!!!


Author information:

Maria Murnane


Maria is currently an independent business writer and works mostly with technology and financial services companies, but like the main character in her book, she did spend a few years in sports PR. One day she quit her job and ended up in Argentina for a year, where she played semi-pro soccer and also wrote the first draft of what would eventually become Perfect on Paper. She has dedicated the book to any woman who has ever been on a really bad date or realized halfway through the workday that her skirt is on backwards.

This is Maria's first book and she self-published it. We want to get the word out to how wonderful this book is so she can get it published. So...go get the book and read it! Tell your friends and family!! Get the word out!!

Note from Maria:

Hi everyone! I just found out that my book is up for a “best of 2008″ award on a blog that is putting out a call for book bloggers and book lovers to vote. So if you could take 10 seconds to
vote for “Perfect on Paper,” I would really appreciate it!

Here’s the link- it’s under the “Women’s Literature” category:




See my next Blog HERE....Enter a giveaway for a signed copy of "Perfect On Paper"


Anonymous said...

Everyone seems to love this book.

Beth F said...

I've been reading good things about this book!