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Smart Mouth Waitress (Life in Saltwater City Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Dalya Moon
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Perry makes a strong first impression, from her hippie-girl dreadlocks to her uncensored opinions.

When she combs out her dreads on a whim, she catches the eye of a cute guy who's a regular at The Whistle, the diner where she works as a waitress. He mistakes Perry for someone completely different: the girl of his dreams.

Perry tries to become that girl.

But it's so hard to be normal.

And eyebrow piercings are so cute.

With her mother down in LA recording her comeback album, Perry's in charge of the family household, and things are going to change. She starts with paint colors and moves on to doling out punishments for her fifteen-year-old brother.

What Perry really wants, though, is her first boyfriend. She's eighteen, and it's about time!

Boyfriend candidates include: the cute but quiet restaurant regular, the all-too-willing coworker, or the outgoing artist who's eager to whip off his clothes and model. One of these guys loves Perry exactly how she is, but how can she tell which one?

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From the author of Broken Shell Island.

About the Author

Dalya Moon is the YA pen name for NYT Bestselling romance author Mimi Strong.

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  • File Size: 880 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XCDST8
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Romantic Comedy! May 15, 2012
By Kira
Format:Kindle Edition
Kudos, Dayla Moon! This was one of the best romantic comedies I've ever read. Peridot has so much attitude and spunk! This novel is about the 18 year old Peridot, a waitress at The Whistle, who is trying to find a boyfriend and lose her virginity. Through it all, she tries to become more "normal" and "authentic", cutting off her dreadlocks and wearing less punk rock clothes. Peridot snags the attentions of Marc and Cooper though she can't decide who she likes more. On the flip side, after each date, Marc and Cooper both give her mixed signals because they themselves can't figure their emotions either. Then in comes best friend issues, a brother who eats a bag of pot, a father with ADD, and a rockstar mother, what's a girl got to do to snag some man meat??

This following quote is one of the out-of-the-box descriptions Dayla uses in her story that I think works to provide such a good character description of Peridot. I had a burst of the giggles when I first read this in context. After Peridot had her dreadlocks cut off and washed her hair in the shower:

"I didn't want it to go down the drain and mess up the ancient pipes in our house, so I plastered a clump of my hair against the tile wall in the shower, to be retrieved later. The clump looked like a furry little monster, so I made him a smaller clump as a friend."

What I Liked: The humor and snarkiness of Peridot's interactions plus all the little side dramas aka. Courtney/Britain, Donny/Toph, Ginger, Uncle Jeff, etc. I also like that Peridot's family is so dysfunctionally funny, with Garnet talking about squeezing man boobs to her Dad punching people in the face.

What I Didn't Like: There were a couple spelling problems in my version that I downloaded from Dayla's e-mail attachment.

5/5 for a romantic comedy!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! May 1, 2012
By Regina
Format:Kindle Edition
Perry is an 18 year old with issues. Between her rock star mom and her ADD dad there is enough drama but throw in her bestfriends new gf hating her and her little brother being - well a little brother it's enough to make any sane person snap. During all this she makes it her mission to get her first boyfriend and finally get some of that "love" stuff for herself. I love how Perry is brutally honest and makes no apology for who she is, I do believe she's a little bit my hero.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart Mouth Waitress May 8, 2012
By Rebecca
Format:Kindle Edition
When Perry's mother goes off leaving her in charge of her father and brother she decides to find a boyfriend. Her first step is getting rid of her dreadlocks. This was a very fun and funny read. I loved the interaction between Perry and and her father and brother. I think I liked it more than Practice Cake which was set in the same time and place but both are stand alone books. There were A LOT of current pop culture references which will date in in the future but still worth reading.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I won this book from member librarything giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

Smart Mouth Waitress is one in a series of books by Dayla Moon that stars different characters. Peridot, or Perry, is the protagonist in this book. We watch her as she stumbles through her romantic life, deals with absent parents, and tries to act as the "mother" to her father and brother. She also deals with her lesbian friend getting a girlfriend.

Perry is someone I'd like to know. We have a lot in common. We both like Margaret Cho. We both laugh at the comedian Russell Peters. We make snarky comments to make people laugh. We feel lonely when people we care about forget us and move on with their lives. I believe the fact that we as readers can relate to her (or at least I can) is the strength of this novel.

However, this novel read more like a blog than a book, and I could only take doses of it at a time. In fact, I feel like I would like to read her opinions on things and why she thinks certain things more than how ridiculous her love life is getting (or at least only read about it once in a day). At points, I just didn't get why she continued to pursue either guy. This novel treads very familiar ground, and I suppose every romantic comedy is supposed to take certain steps. I just didn't want it to be so formulaic.

That said, this novel was very readable with an interesting protagonist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This Book Is Too Boring for me!! March 10, 2013
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I did not like this book at all. I thought the story was boring and too drawn out. Could have been a little more of the "smart mouth" in the story (It is in the title). I found it easy to put down. I skipped to the end because I couldn't stand reading the whole book, and that is rare for me. I didn't like it (my opinion only).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining June 30, 2012
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This was light, warm, entertaining reading. Gave a nice sense of Vancouver for a start. Following Peridot's quest for love, her family life, friendship with her best friend, interactions at The Whistle et cetera were full of surprises, laughs and the ups and downs associated with the life of a teenager entering adulthood. Some years since I've been that age but a book like this does help keep one in touch with younger days! Witty and well written, the author has done a fantastic job with this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and fun! June 27, 2012
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Perry decides she's ready for love so she brushes out her white girl dreads and turns on the charm at her job as a Smartmouth waitress at The Whistle. Although three guys in particular immediately take notice, can any one of them handle a girl who speaks her mind before even she's aware of what she's thinking?

I cracked up so many times, and wished I was cool enough to be Perry's friend. I also had to retread it as soon as I finished bc I didn't want it to end.

Definitely the best free download I've picked up. I'm definitely planning on checking out Ms. Moon's other titles!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the characters and the storyline
Very entertaining. I loved the characters and the storyline.
Published 1 day ago by ACOY
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun story
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Perry is a waitress. She had dreadlocks and piercings. Her mom is a rock star, her dad’s an engineer. Read more
Published 9 days ago by T. Graczykowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!
Although this is a YA fiction and I am older, I enjoyed this book tremendously. I love the character, Peridot. Her name is pretty and unique and so is she! Read more
Published 19 days ago by Lena M Phangvilay
4.0 out of 5 stars True life
I really enjoyed this book. It was about a young girl trying to find love, but the first guy she liked didn't like her. Also losing her best friend.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute, quick read
The book was okay. It kept my interest enough to finish it but I would probably not re-read it. A bit too quirky for me.
Published 2 months ago by ljunebug
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book! :)
Wow! I love this book! I so wish I could be more like Perry!!

This is the story of Peridot, Perry for short. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cryssy M
5.0 out of 5 stars How rude
Perry is a waitress she meets Marc and he invites her to a art show. There she meets Chris which she calls Cooper. She is outspoken and trying to find a boyfriend. Read more
Published 3 months ago by tracier
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and Cute
I can say that I honestly felt connected to the main character, it reminded me what it was like to be 18 again. She is spunky, opinionated, and all around fun. Read more
Published 3 months ago by BNeal
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok is all
This was just ok. While the story seemed to flow pretty well, there is so much snarky, loose moral talk that it really detracts from the book.
Published 3 months ago by Love to read witty and clean
1.0 out of 5 stars couldnt finish
seemed like it was going to be an interesting book but i lost interest quickly and got rid of it
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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