PERFECT ON PAPER: The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson by Maria Murnane

 In Chick-lit


Author:  Maria Murnane
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Genre: Chick-lit
Format: E-book
Publisher: BookSurge, LLC.

***There are NO spoilers***

THE GIST: In a recent surge of e-reader enthusiasm, I went on a book buying binge. The lower  costs and lack of arm cramp (anyone who has carried a stack of books or small child around the store for any amount of time knows what I’m talking about) meant that I didn’t use the same discriminating criteria that I employ for hard copies, so my iPad is now full of a few highly anticipated TBRs and a few questionable purchases. Unfortunately, Perfect on Paper: The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson leans more in the questionable direction.

THE SYNOPSIS: Waverly Bryson is a late-twenties, successful PR professional whose near perfect life falls apart when she is dumped by her rich and handsome fiancé days before her wedding. With the help of her best friends and her observational-style sense of humor, Waverly tries to rebuild her life. Along the way she encounters dating blunders, professional surprises, and third decade enlightenment.

THE LOWDOWN: On the plus side, Perfect on Paper delivers on all of the promises of the chick-lit genre; quirky protagonist, wise cracking besties, and handsome romantic hero. Gang’s all here! This, for me, is a major pro. Nothing irks me more than a book that is dressed up like chick-lit, but veers off into the direction of more heavy-handed literature.  In that regard at least, I wasn’t disappointed. There is, however, a minus side to this one. I found that the pacing was off (way too much unnecessary information included) and the humor, which is an integral plot device, was at its best trite and at its worst painfully awkward. I found myself rolling my eyes at places that weren’t meant for exasperation. While I can see clearly where the author was trying to go with this protagonist and this story (I’m fairly certain that we’ve read the same books), I don’t think she got there with Waverly Bryson. There is promise and potential with this author, so much so that when she brings a new heroine to the world of chick-lit, I will likely give it a shot, but for now, I just can’t recommend reading about Waverly and her (mis)adventures.

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