A Total Waste of Makeup

A Total Waste of MakeupA Total Waste of Makeup (Charlize Edwards, #1) by Kim Gruenenfelder
Published by Griffin on December 27, 2005
Pages: 359
Format: Paperback

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.

I apologize that this review is late and that I’ve been slacking on reviews lately. There are quite a few posts that I need to put together for you, but I’ve just been slacking lately. Now I’m motivated to write and put up posts so let’s get into this review.

I found this book in  the bargain book section of Barnes & Noble. Yes, I quite often frequent that section when I’m in that store, but that besides the point. I found the title intriguing so I picked up the book along with some other and it sat neglected in a pile for at least a year. I do apologize to all the books I haven’t read yet, I am getting to you and trying not to attract more books!

At the end of the book Charlie finishes the letter by writing:
“I was never Jennifer Aniston. I never cooked as well as Julia Child, wrote as well as Leo Tolstoy, was as funny as Lucille Ball, or as rich as Oprah Winfrey. I was never as beautiful as Beyonce, as famous as  Princess Diana, as good of an actress as Meryl Streep, as driven for a cause as Elizabeth Cady Stanton. I’m pretty  sure I never learned physics, or how to speak chinese. and I can almost guarantee you I never figured out new math. but I got to go through this life, and this century as me. and that’s a hell of a lot more than I ever dreamed.
Well, great-granddaughter, I hope reading my book has inspired you to write a book of your own, for your great-granddaughter. I only wish I could ask you this question because I’m dying to know: what will you write?”

I loved this book because it was open and honest. It took a hard look at single women everywhere and put it bluntly into a hilariously funny book that I think every women could relate to and enjoy. I think a lot of us have been there and can relate to what Charlie Edwards is going through. I highly recommend that you read this book. I often had a hard time putting it down at night. I’ll definitely be checking out a few of Kim Gruenenfelder’s other books


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