Monday, October 17, 2011

#BookReview: Girls in White Dresses - Jennifer Close


Though it's billed as a story of three young, recent college graduates who are looking for love while their friends get married, Girls in White Dresses is really just a hodgepodge of meh.  Though it's supposed to focus on Isabel, Mary and Lauren, it seems that every woman they've ever known is given a chapter in which to whine about the lack of real relationships and/or why their parents' relationship is the reason why they cannot have a successful relationship.

Quite honestly, the author spends so much time trying to cram as many characters into the story as possible, that it was difficult to remember who was whom.  I didn't read the synopsis of the book until after I'd actually read it and was shocked to find that it was billed as the story of three friends.  And they weren't even the most interesting friends.  It's almost as if the author just liked their names and decided that out of the 10 to 15 women she wrote about, she decided that their names would go inside the jacket cover instead of one of the others.

Was it as funny and hysterical as the blogosphere and editorial reviews made it out to be? Not hardly.  More than anything, it's the predictable, panicked reactions of twenty somethings who are more focused on getting married than anything else.  It's catty and backbiting and is much more reminiscent of mean girls in high school than adult women.  While it might make a quick and easy beach read, if you're looking for something of substance, you can skip right over this.

What did you like about this book?
It was a quick read.

What didn't you like about this book?
There were far too many characters to try to keep up with, so I found myself having to flip back through previous chapters to try to distinguish them.

What could the author do to improve this book?
Instead of bringing so many characters into the story, perhaps focus on the three about whom the book is actually written.


304pp
Published: August 2011






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