Dear Catastrophe Waitress: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 13, 2007 - Fiction
27 Reviews
Mark thinks he has found The One in college. When Raquel abruptly takes off for Los Angeles to become a rock star, Mark tries to be happy for her–until ROCK-L’s first single sweeps the airwaves–a song about Mark’s stamina entitled “Two Minute Man.” And Mark’s life is never the same again.

Philippa doesn’t really think twice about cheating on her punk rocker boyfriend, Trevor. After all, she’s going to break up with him anyway. He mooches off her, treats her badly, and writes stupid songs about her breasts. Then Trevor’s band makes a splash with its one and only song sensation, “Philippa Cheats.” And suddenly Philippa is the most infamous ex-girlfriend in all of London.

Thus Philippa and Mark find themselves adrift, both single and living in Boston, still reeling from the impact that three minutes of music had on their lives. When these two minor-key souls meet and form a major chord, they will have to overcome the sneaking suspicion that each will betray the other . . . possibly with a song.

“Brendan Halpin adds weight to his funny moments and lightness to his sad ones . . . [reminding] us that comedy and tragedy aren’t opposites at all.”
–Carolyn Parkhurst, author of The Dogs of Babel, on Donorboy

“The author’s greatest gift: his pitch-perfect ear for dialogue.”
People, on Long Way Back

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At first I was thrown by the writing style. - Goodreads
Has a totally cheesy ending. - Goodreads
The sex scenes are actually almost laughable. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Rachel Pollock - Goodreads

Things i loved about this book: the plot hook, the entire first half, the structural concept, the narrative voice in the first half, the parenthetical asides in the first half expressing the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amber - Goodreads

It's a rom-com but a book! It's predictable and ridiculous while still being totally enjoyable. The second half is ideal for anyone who was super into the Max Medina/Lorelai Gilmore story line on Gilmore Girls. Read full review

About the author (2007)

BRENDAN HALPIN is the author of several books for adults, including "Donorboy," an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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