Waverly Bryson is just two weeks away from a walk down the aisle when her fiance calls off their engagement. A year later, she’s ready to re-enter the San Francisco dating scene, and she has some really horrible dates. When she meets Jake McIntyre at a work function in Atlanta, she’s interested- until she gets drunk and has to run off the dance floor to throw up. Over the course of the next year, she and Jake run into each other several times, but at the same time, Waverly is trying to learn how to be happy on her own terms. A new business opportunity allows her to branch out and find what will really make her happy.
Perfect on Paper by Maria Murnane is one of the funniest books I’ve read in quite some time. For those who like to marginalize a book down into a specific genre (this includes me sometimes), this would probably best be classified as chick lit. To be sure, it follows some of the same formulas. But Waverly is much more real than the stereotypical chick-lit heroine. She and her friends are all hysterically funny, and I have to admit, I appreciate the fact that, for the most part, Waverly didn’t spend the whole novel name-dropping designer brands that most people can’t afford.
There was one name drop, however, that did catch my attention, and the reasoning is kind of lame, but I still got a tiny little thrill out of it. Waverly’s father lives in the Sacramento area, and at one point, her father’s neighbor mentions that he’s gone to spend the day at Thunder Valley, an area casino. This is hardly the first book I’ve read with Sacramento ties, but this thrilled me because Thunder Valley is literally five minutes from my house- and I live in a rural area (well, I live in a subdivision, but rural is on the other side of my back fence). So I have to say I got a little kick out of that.
So if you’re looking for a quick, laugh-out-loud fun read, I would definitely recommend this book.
Rating: 4.5 stars
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