Thursday, October 31, 2013

Throwback Thursday: A Total Waste of Makeup by Kim Gruenenfelder

A Total Waste of Makeup
Kim Gruenenfelder
St. Martin’s Griffin, 384 pgs, 2005
Physical book 

Official Summary

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, chronically single, and faced with serving as maid of honor at her younger sister's wedding. Charlie finds herself struggling to juggle the chaos of wedding planning (while wondering if she'll ever wear the white dress herself), her all-consuming job for lunatic boss Stanton, and a serious crush on Jordan, a photographer on the set of Drew's latest feature--a man who might actually return her feelings. A page-turner from start to finish, A Total Waste of Makeup puts a fresh face on women's fiction.
First Read
I don’t remember for sure.  I’m guessing 2009 or 2010 so pre-blog but not that long ago. 
What made me love A Total Waste of Makeup
It’s funny.  Laugh out loud funny.  A lot of the situations that Charlie’s boss Drew gets into are downright ludicrous (I had to spell check that because I spelled it like the rapper), and the clueless way he reacts the these situations is priceless.  But Drew has a great heart even when he’s clueless.  It’s a nice change of pace from the typical celebrity as an overbearing, unreasonable expectations boss story. 
This book has a little bit of everything:  funny, down on her romance luck protagonist in Charlie, swoon-worthy romantic interest (not Drew) and fun girl times with her best friends.  Throw in a quirky, interesting family (and a wedding).  Great light read.




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