A Total Waste of Makeup


The debut novel. Published in eight international editions (so far)... and also available as an Audiobook.

Charlize "Charlie" Edwards certainly knows, in theory, what it takes to lead a successful and happy life. She owns a nice house in a trendy LA 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.

“Gruenenfelder's debut supplies a splendid vacation from reality.” Kirkus Reviews

"The perfect love guide for every girl (and their granddaughters and grandnieces)." Cecelia Ahern, creator of Samantha Who? and 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

“A hilarious romp through bad dates and great advice... refreshingly honest and humorous look at today's dating scene”  FreshFiction.com

“Filled with wit, wisdom and wonderful characters. 4 Stars” Romantic 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.” Library Journal

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Spanish edition

Turkish edition

German edition

Thai edition

Audiobook edition, from Tantor Media