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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161218149X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612181493
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 First Date Don'ts Waverly Bryson Has Learned the Hard Way, by Maria Murnane

1. Don’t order spaghetti
2. Don’t take off your sweater unless you’re SURE you’re wearing something underneath it
3. Don’t be afraid to get up and leave if the guy:
a. starts texting
b. brings up his ex-girlfriend and/or wife
c. doesn’t order alcohol immediately
4. Don’t overdo the self-tanner
5. Don’t feel guilty if you find the waiter more appealing than your date
6. Don’t have more than one or two drinks
7. Don’t forget his name
8. Don’t allude to anything in the future
9. Don’t be afraid to order your own dessert
10. Don’t worry--it will be over soon enough

About the Author

Maria Murnane left a successful career as a public-relations executive to pursue a more fulfilling life as a novelist and speaker. Her own “story behind the story” is an entertaining tale of the courage, passion, and perseverance required to get the first Waverly novel, Perfect on Paper, published. Maria is the bestselling author of It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, Chocolate for Two, Cassidy Lane, and Katwalk. Maria graduated with high honors in English and Spanish from the University of California–Berkeley, where she was a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar. She also holds a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University. She currently lives in New York City.


More About the Author

Maria's road to becoming an author is a little crazy. She used to work in high-tech PR but hated it, so she quit and ended up playing semi-pro soccer in Argentina for a year. While she was down there she decided to write a novel, which was something she'd always dreamed of doing. Fast forward a few years and a LOT of perseverance, and she's now the best-selling author of Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, Chocolate for Two, Cassidy Lane, and Katwalk. Her next book will be released in March 2015, and yes, she still plays a lot of soccer!

Learn more and sign up for her monthly newsletter at www.mariamurnane.com

If you like her books, please tweet @mariamurnane.com! To contact her via email, send a note to maria@mariamurnane.com.

Customer Reviews

Author has developed characters well.
Gary D. Schnell
I have read all 3 books in this series and couldn't put any of them down.
Courtneyd
This is a light, easy, uplifting, fun book to read very entertaining!
Jan Eggenberg

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Missy on November 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
To begin, I had actually never read Murnane's first Waverly book, Perfect on Paper, until I was actually finished with this book. Having said that, there was never a moment while I was reading It's A Waverly Life that made me feel lost when there was a reference to the first book. However, after reading this book, I immediately wanted to go back and read the first because Waverly is an amazing character that's easy to relate to and a personality that will charm the wits out of you. You just can't get enough of her!

At the beginning, everything seems to be going wonderful for Waverly.. but of course, all that glitters is not gold. Soon, things start going downhill and it seems as though all of it will consume her. However, Waverly never acts like a little damsel-in-distress. She takes charge and always confronts whatever may be going wrong. I love her attitude and the way that she doesn't seem to give up, even when you feel as a reader like you would if you were in her shoes.

The romance in this story is just like it is in real life, it has its ups and its downs. But that's what makes love so much fun.. if you want it, you have to work for it. To my surprise though, the romance was not the center of attention in this story - which I really liked. Instead, it focused on other aspects of Waverly's life along with giving us a good helping of the romance along the way. I loved it.

Overall, this was a wonderful read. I especially enjoyed all of the twists and turns in the story that kept me on the edge of my seat, eagerly wondering what was going to happen next. This isn't a YA read, but it is a story that Chick Lit fans will thoroughly enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laurel-Rain Snow TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 23, 2011
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Waverly Bryson is a single, thirty-something woman living in San Francisco and trying to find her niche. She has her own dating column "Honey on Your Mind" and products she has developed called "Honey Notes." She also has some trust issues after being dumped just before her wedding by her fiancé.

Almost immediately, I felt like I was a part of the friendship circle Waverly shares with friends Andie and McKenna, and I absolutely loved how the author brought San Francisco and its neighborhoods alive for me.

Waverly's humor, her ability to see the unique perspectives in life, and the creativity that allowed her to move around the obstacles in her path kept me reading eagerly.

Her fledgling relationship with Jake was also fascinating, and I loved how, in spite of her issues, she just kept trying.

What does Waverly finally create when she is looking for something more in her career? How does she ultimately come to a place of trust with Jake? And how does a kindly neighbor named Red help Waverly sort out the puzzles in her life?

Wonderfully colorful, descriptive, and alive, It's a Waverly Life was fun, perceptive, and totally today. Five stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Meredith G. Schorr on November 21, 2011
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I loved the follow-up to Murnane's "Perfect on Paper", which followed protagonist Waverly Bryson as she treaded the dating waters with new guy Jake and continued her new career writing a dating column and designing "Honey" greeting cards.

Much of the book deals with Waverly's trust issues with men as a result of her strained relationship with her father and also being dumped by her ex fiance a week before the wedding. Waverly has no problem leaning on her girlfriends for advice and reassurance but she needs to take a leap a faith to do that with the new man in her life. Her complete lack of communication skills and paralyzing fear of being hurt might cause her to lose Jake, someone she really cares for. I found her to be extremely relatable. I also related to her bouts of insecurity and her general clumsiness as many "Waverly" moments were similar to my own "Meri" moments. And while there were times during the book I wanted to strangle Waverly for the things she said/didn't say, I found myself crossing my fingers for a happy ending.

Like the prequel, "Perfect on Paper", "It's a Waverly Life" was a very fast, easy read and I found it difficult to put down. However, the editing in "It's a Waverly Life" was 100 times more polished than "Perfect on Paper" which, despite being a really fun read, had editing issues. The only storyline in the book I thought could've been left out was "Red". I understood what Murnane was going for but, to me, it fell a bit short. Otherwise, I thought this book was awesome!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Quirky Girl VINE VOICE on February 6, 2012
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If only the rest of the book read like the prologue!
The prologue, for me, was the bright spot of Waverly Life. It rapidly went downhill from there. The prologue was intriguing and mysterious - a "show don't tell" writing style.
I was excited.
And then I dove into Chapter One. Ugh. It was as if the author was taking the reader by the hand and explaining what was happening why it was happening using the voice of a kindergarten teacher.
I am reasonably intelligent and like to FEEL I'm in the story, not being FED the story, which is what happened here. I felt like Maria was trying to pull off a Sex in the City type feel - and it was certainly not 1/8th as endearing or humorous as Bridget Jones. The characters were flat. The dialogue boring. Overused cliches. Perhaps the show don't tell rule doesn't apply any longer, as more and more books I've been reading seem to chuck that rule out the window and readers don't seem to mind. Maybe I'm just too old school - but for me, this book was a dud.
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