A Total Waste of Makeup

by Kim Gruenfelder

genre: historical romance

Summary from Audible


a total waste of makeupCharlize “Charlie” Edwards certainly knows, in theory, what it takes to lead a successful and happy life. She owns a nice house in Silverlake, LA’s trendiest neighborhood. She has glamorous and loyal friends who accompany her to the hottest clubs in town. And she works as the personal assistant to Drew Stanton, Hollywood’s sexiest movie star. But she’s also turning 30, chronically single, and faced with serving as maid of honor at her younger sister’s wedding. Charlie finds herself struggling to juggle the chaos of wedding planning (while wondering if she’ll ever wear the white dress herself), her all-consuming job for lunatic boss Stanton, and a serious crush on Jordan, a photographer on the set of Drew’s latest feature–a man who might actually return her feelings. A page-turner from start to finish, A Total Waste of Makeup puts a fresh face on women’s fiction.


This is a fantastic book to read in your twenties, especially if you’re single. There’s some well written food for thought about appreciating what you have going for you and not obsessing over anything you consider a missing piece. For some of us, we’re happy with our jobs and friends, but we’re chasing that one great love. Others may have married young but are still searching for a career instead of just a job.

The characters were cute, even if sometimes you wanted to smack them and tell them to pull their head out of certain body cavities. I was surprised and pleased about how one of the relationships turned out. The man wasn’t meant to be a bad guy, but he gave off certain abusive warning signs. It was a relief when the girl ended the relationship.

Nearly worthy of five stars, I found myself sitting on the sofa listening to the book instead of watching TV when I got home. However, when comparing to other books I’ve rated, it was more in line with the four star books. Still, I highly recommend it if you’re a romance or chick-lit reader at all.

4 out of 5 stars

You might like this book if:

  • You liked Single in suburbia by Wendy Wax
  • You’re feeling introspective about your romantic relationship
  • You have no romantic relationship and that’s making you more miserable than it should

-Eliabeth Hawthorne

To see what other books we’ve reviewed, check out our book reviews page.