Maria Murnane is the author of the new novel, It’s a Waverly Life. Readers first met the character Waverly Bryson in Perfect on Paper, and now the woman dubbed “the American Bridget Jones” is back in a sequel packed with friendship, heartache, and romance. So, to get you in the “Waverly mood,” here is some advice from the comic, unpredictable, and irresistible Waverly Bryson:
10 First Date Don'ts Learned the Hard Way
1. Don’t order spaghetti. 2. Don’t take off your sweater unless you’re SURE you’re wearing something underneath it. 3. Don’t be afraid to get up and leave if the guy:
a. starts texting. b. brings up his ex-girlfriend and/or wife. c. doesn’t order alcohol immediately.
4. Don’t overdo the self-tanner. 5. Don’t feel guilty if you find the waiter more appealing than your date. 6. Don’t have more than one or two drinks. 7. Don’t forget his name. 8. Don’t allude to anything in the future. 9. Don’t be afraid to order your own dessert. 10. Don’t worry--it will be over soon enough.