Monday, November 7, 2011

It's a Waverly Life by Maria Murnane

Summary/Cover Image from Author's Website:
After rebounding from a broken engagement and relinquishing her job in sports PR, the irrepressible Waverly Bryson has a new man, a new career, and a new lease on life. Her part-time gig as an advice columnist has proven to be as entertaining as it is affirming, and her fledgling greeting-card line, Honey Notes, is off to a promising start. After a series of disastrous romantic rebounds, she has settled into a long-distance relationship with handsome Jake McIntyre. Things are certainly looking up…at least, until lingering emotional baggage threatens her love life and her best friends stun her with a pair of shocking announcements. Suddenly, Waverly is faced with being left behind by everyone she loves. And in true Waverly fashion, things must get comically worse before they can get better. It takes forming an unexpected new friendship with an elderly neighbor and meddling in the love lives of two of her coworkers to make “the American Bridget Jones” realize that although life—before and after thirty—never fails to be messy and unpredictable, friendship and love make it all worthwhile.
Review:

After reading about Waverly’s first set of (mis)adventures in Perfect on Paper, I couldn’t wait to see what was up next for her. Would things work out between her and Jake? Would her Honey Notes business succeed or become one big mess? There were so many questions, and thankfully, most of them were answered in It’s a Waverly Life, a witty and fast paced sequel that managed to rise high above up my expectations.

It’s a Waverly Life starts up a little while after Perfect on Paper left off. Waverley’s life is steadily improving due to her recent career change as well as her budding romance with Jake. However, just as everything seems to go in Waverly’s life, perfect may just not stay that way, because as it turns out, her relationship with Jake isn’t nearly as great as she hoped, and her Honey Notes business is facing quite a few setbacks. What’s a girl to do- run or tough it out? Waverly doesn’t know but she’s sure to find out along the way.

Waverly may have had a few improvements to her life, but she’s still the same Waverly she was in Perfect on Paper: witty, sarcastic, and just a tiny bit awkward. However, in this addition, Waverly faces something new: big change. Moreover, Waverly still faces plenty of embarrassing yet hilarious mishaps in this one, especially when she lands on one of the biggest morning TV news shows and manages to cause quite a stir. It’s a Waverly Life also features some of the many lovely characters of the first novel as well as a few new additions. Nearly everyone managed to grow in some new way and bring something to the book. However, my personal favorite would have to be Red, but I wish there was more of him in the book.

In this addition, Maria Murnane had a variety of plot events as well as twists and turns that constantly had me on the edge of my seat, dying to know what would occur next. I especially loved seeing how Waverly’s relationship grew with Jake in this addition. When the plot didn’t focus on that, it focused on the variety of changes Waverly was facing in her personal as well as work life, as mentioned before. Seeing Waverly face the numerous changes ended up making the book even better, especially given how many of the problems she faced were realistic.

In all, It’s a Waverly Life is a fabulous and action-paced addition to The Mis(adventures) of Waverly Bryson series. I can only hope there will be another book, because I would love to see what’s next for Waverly, Jake, and all their friends.

Grade: A

It's a Waverly Life (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads) is now out!

Source: Publicist at Little Bird Publicity- thanks Katie! 

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