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A Total Waste of Makeup Paperback – December 27, 2005
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“Gruenenfelder, a Hollywood screenwriter, knows her setting and her craft. Well-written characters and a wicked sense of humor help this debut stand above the usual chick-lit fare.” ―Library Journal
“A Total Waste of Makeup is the perfect love guide for every girl (and their granddaughters and grandnieces).” ―Cecilia Ahern, author of P.S. I Love You and Rosie Dunne
“A hilarious cast of characters and the funniest, coolest heroine since Stephanie Plum...you will not be able to put this one down.” ―MaryJanice Davidson, author of Undead and Unappreciated
About the Author
Kim Gruenenfelder lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son, and continues to avoid anything even remotely resembling a real job. In addition to her books, including Misery Loves Cabernet and There's Cake in My Future, she has written feature films, episodic teleplays and two stage plays.
Top Customer Reviews
I'm really hoping this author will release another book. She has such great talent.
Our main heroine gets herself into all kinds of strange situations but is so well written that you actually buy it. The best aspect of this book is the wonderful humour. The author takes some weird situations and makes them absolutely funny - even if they are over the top at times (an elephant?).
My favorite moments are between our main character and her boss, movie star Drew. The author made the decision to write him as a movie star, but without alot of the characteristics that you would expect to find in movie star characters in other books. You kind of like Drew even if he is a tad "spacey".
Everyone in this book is written just a little off center, but the storyline is cute and the author makes this book a greal gem.
I always know I am going to like a book when I don't want to put it down and when I have to - I keep looking forward to picking it back up.
I could go on and on about the characters and storyline - but I won't do it justice so go and buy this one.
Unlike Emily Giffin's books this one just didn't pull me in. The story was good but the characterization never pulled me in, it seemed like nothing big ever happened. And there were some really cliche tacky lines/dialogue here and there. Not bad just nothing special, nothing I'd re read unless I wanted to reevaluate my opinion.
Read it, sure, but don't be surprised if it's just a little whatever. I prefer Emily Giffin's books.
To comfort her self with the empty nest syndrome, Charlie begins writing advice notes for the imaginative niece that has not been perceived, but she will one day hold though the kid will read her expertise probably in the next century. She also begins going out on dates after a male moratorium. To her amazement though most were calamities, she falls in love with set photographer Jordan though she also admits to her two confidents, Dawn and Kate, that she does not like him.
The key to this fine chick lit tale is the camaraderie between the three friends that seem so genuine that it serves as the plausibility anchor to the cast and the story line. The advice notes to a future niece are fun to follow as the audience also sees what makes Charlie tick while she can name her hemorrhoids after her family and her boss. However, the friendship between the three women who instinctively know first hand when a relationship is a TOTAL WASTE OF MAKEUP make Kim Gruenenfelder's tale fun to read.
What's with Charlie having dial up internet though? The whole book was great, but I found that to be ubeleivable - particularly after reading the follow up where she owns an iPhone (and we're repeatedly reminded of this). No self respecting iPhone owner has used dial up since the new millenium.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the typos throughout the kindle version. There are "1"s for "I"s and a word near the end with "7" randomly placed in it. There were several other typos through the book but nothing that completely ruined the reading experience for me. They just became a bit on the annoying side.
Over all, I would say this is an American girl's updated and witty version of "Bridget Jones's Diary". I laughed many times and could relate to the characters and the story. Well worth the read.
READ IT!!!!! Its a must!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If literary excellence precludes you from reading a novel, this is not for you. This book is a fast-paced, fun, flirty book about a young woman coming to terms with being single... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Dana Walker
An easy fun feel good book.lots of smiles and laughter as you read.Published 3 months ago by Lori Fawcett
I really liked the characters. It was a fun read. Very entertaining.Published 3 months ago by Patricia
A lighthearted quick read that will have you laughing from beginning to end! Definitely not a waste of your time!Published 4 months ago by Tony Fakhouri
This book was hilarious. The diary entries were the best, LOL.
The protagonist, Charlie, is a... Read more