Charlize “Charlie” Edwards finally has it all: a house in Silverlake, L.A.’s hippest neighborhood, two fabulous best friends who always have her back, and a great (though hectic) job as the personal assistant to Hollywood’s hottest movie star, Drew Stanton. But best of all, Charlie has a newly feathered love nest with Jordan, the sexy photographer she recently started dating. Maybe Charlie’s journal of smart-alecky life advice—which she’s always been better at writing than following—has finally helped put her on the right track.
Unfortunately for Charlie, Drew is causing complete havoc on his new movie set, her eccentric family is descending upon L.A. for the upcoming holiday season, and her love life may be back to square one. Jordan has left L.A. to work on a film shooting in Paris, where the women are gorgeous, sophisticated, and possibly after her man. And Drew’s handsome new producer, Liam, is an old crush who has reappeared to tug at Charlie’s heartstrings. Charlie’s torn between the misery of waiting for Jordan and the tingly feelings she has for Liam. But there’s nothing misery—or seduction—loves better than a great glass of cabernet.
"Delightfully funny... loaded with hilarious one-liners... [and] filled with tips for the heroine's future great-granddaughter that are insightful and witty." --Romantic Times (4 stars)
Praise for A Total Waste of Makeup:
"A sweet tale of the Hollywood dating scene." --Chicago Sun-Times
“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.”
“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