Title: Girls in White Dresses
Author: Jennifer Close
Release Date: August 9, 2011
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Isabella, Lauren, and Mary are three best friends navigating the treacherous waters of adulthood and the single life in New York City. From heartbreaks to the start of new relationships, new jobs, and the weddings of friends, these women remain connected as they embark on the crazy adventure that is being an adult.
Girls in White Dresses is a novel about female friendships, that unconditional love that can bind women together for life. Isabella, Lauren, and Mary each have their own lives, their own adventures, but they always come back to one another, in sorrow, but also in laughter. That description may make this book sounds sappy, but it’s the opposite – in a snarky and witty voice, Jennifer Close manages to describe the mid-to-late twenties urban experience perfectly.
But be warned – Girls in White Dresses is not for everyone. This is not a plot-driven novel; in some ways, it isn’t even character driven. Isabella, Mary, and Lauren aren’t intricately drawn and developed characters. This book actually functions better as a series of connected short stories or anecdotes, rather than an novel with an overall plot and established characters. You might be very confused at this point, wondering, “If it doesn’t really have a plot or fully developed characters, what is the point of reading this novel?” The answer is this: this is a book about life.
I thoroughly enjoyed Girls in White Dresses, despite how the previous paragraph may sound, simply because I recognized so much of myself and my social circle within it. When I was reading about Bridget, the woman who would overhear people talking about a party and invite herself along because it never occurred to her that she might not be welcome, I was laughing out loud. I recognized a version of Bridget in someone I used to know, as I recognized almost every woman described in this novel. The social commentary in this book is both genius and hilarious; most women will find something to laugh about and see people they’ve known in the characters.
Girls in White Dresses is a lighthearted look at life, from the wild and crazy days and nights to learning to settle down. If you’re looking for an easy but interesting read, and the vignette style of storytelling appeals to you, give this book a chance. It’s funny, warm, and very enjoyable.