Saturday, August 4, 2012

Julie's Review: Honey on Your Mind

Summary: For Waverly Bryson, life is anything but boring! And never is that fact more evident than in Maria Murnane’s delightful third novel about the irrepressible heroine. This time around, Waverly faces a game-changing opportunity: an offer to turn her popular advice column into a regular guest spot on the new TV show Love, Wendy. It could be the break of a lifetime—but for a few not-so-minor details. For starters, Waverly’s acceptance of the job means moving clear across the country, giving up her rent-controlled apartment, and leaving behind her best friends McKenna and Andie. Oh, and there’s the fact that TV host extraordinaire Wendy Davenport is none-too-pleased by the prospect of Waverly usurping her broadcast throne. Then there’s Jake, Waverly’s boyfriend. He’s as crazy about her as ever. His mother, on the other hand? Not so much. But Waverly wouldn’t be Waverly if she didn’t tackle these challenges head on, with all the zeal, good humor, and, yes, occasional catastrophe that we’ve come to expect from “the American Bridget Jones.” Witty, light-hearted, and fun, Honey on Your Mind is Waverly Bryson at her best.

Review: If you read this blog with any regularity you already know I'm a huge Waverly Bryson and Maria Murnane fan. I was so excited when I learned that the 3rd book in the series was set for release. Honey on Your Mind is the perfect summer time read. Grab it and a glass of your favorite wine or drink; curl up and enjoy Waverly and her NYC adventure.

Waverly is easy to love and to root for. It's easy to see yourself, a friend or a sister in her. She's a girl's girl. Moving to New York City for a new adventure bringing her Honey on Your Mind column to life during a talk show called Love, Wendy. She's extra nervous because when she met the host Wendy back when they did a segment on The Today Show, she wasn't exactly warm and kind to Waverly. At least Waverly and her hunk of a boyfriend, Jake will be in the same time zone now and make it a bit easier on their relationship.

As always, Waverly finds herself thick in the drama of a love situation with one of her friends. This time though, she's learning to at least not directly stick her nose into it. I love seeing Waverly grow. This move was out of her comfort zone and she approached it head on and with gusto.

There's always a wonderful set of supporting characters in these novels and here we are introduced to some new ones and to some old friends. Waverly has a wonderful support system in her friends McKenna and Andie. Not to mention her dad who perhaps has found the person to make him happy after years of being on his own. She also has a great support system in NYC with her friends Scotty, Kristina and Shane.

Jake deserves his own paragraph. The man is hot. If Hollywood comes calling could they please cast Bradley Cooper?!!!! Not only is he good looking but he's got a good heart and the patience of a saint. He understands Waverly and her quirks, her insecurities.

I know that some of the anecdotes in the novels are straight from Maria's life but for the most part they are embellished. I can't wait to see what Maria comes up with next for Waverly. Whatever it is, I'll be there waiting to read it.

Final Take: 5/5

Perfect on Paper (book 1) review
It's a Waverly Life (book 2) review



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