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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 (247 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Opposites attract in this New Adult Romantic Comedy!

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 Back Cover

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
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • 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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12 of 15 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining June 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read. Definitely recommend
Witty and funny story with some interesting characters. It has a good pace, so you won't be bored or rushed. You won't be disappointed.
Published 11 days ago by G.W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this story!!!
Published 1 month ago by Tina Rinehart
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Fun Read
Great light hearted book. I enjoyed being able to escape for a bit reliving first loves and first times. A must read!
Published 1 month ago by Erin M. Kitchen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story,
Great story,. I have a tendency to open my mouth in the same way and sometimes get into trouble but this turned out to be perfect. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Viv
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I really liked this book kept me interested and wondering what was going to happen next. Looking for more books from her.
Published 2 months ago by tina
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
It's a fine book for YA reader, not what I was expecting in regards to reading this book. Again it's okay
Published 2 months ago by Dena Schibell
5.0 out of 5 stars kept me laughing
Loved this book! Kept me lol the whole time and I have recommended it to several people. Then again I'm a smartass too so that may be why I loved it too lol
Published 3 months ago by KyMama
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy kind of cute
Or cute kind of crazy. Moon has a light banter that glides the reader on to the next page, and the next, just one more... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eva
5.0 out of 5 stars smart coming-of-age tale
Witty, smart coming-of-age tale. Fabulously written and quirky!
Published 3 months ago by Karen Fowler
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute story
Cute story. Easy read but good characters. If you're looking for a quick, funny read this one is perfect. Enjoy!!
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