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A TOTAL WASTE OF MAKEUP
by Kim Gruenenfelder

Genre: Mainstream, Chick lit

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Charlize (Charlie) Edwards is turning
30 and doesn't like her love life. She's always waiting by the phone for dates
to call. Even worse, she's the maid of honor in her younger sister's wedding. So she writes a book of advice for her great-grandniece to read in 2104. The advice is sage and funny, and characters are quirky in this compelling debut.

Charlie's life isn't all that bad. She's personal assistant to actor Drew Stanton, twice voted sexiest man alive, and has two best friends, Dawn and Kate, who keep the story lively and attempt to keep her away from the phone. Drew throws her a birthday party where Charlie gets reacquainted with actor Jordan. But when she thinks he might be the one, she finds out he has a fiancee.

The wedding planning and the personal angst of some of the characters add to the funny, fast-paced action of this winner, which is full of wit, wisdom and wonderful characters. (Jan., 368 pp., $12.95)

Reviewed By: Donna M. Brown

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Published: January 2006

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