Girls in White Dresses

Girls in White Dresses

by Jennifer Close
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Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close

Wickedly hilarious and utterly recognizable, Girls in White Dresses tells the story of three women grappling with heartbreak and career change, family pressure and new love—all while suffering through an endless round of weddings and bridal showers.

Isabella, Mary, and Lauren feel like everyone they know is getting married. On Sunday after Sunday, at bridal shower after bridal shower, they coo over toasters, collect ribbons and wrapping paper, eat minuscule sandwiches and doll-sized cakes. They wear pastel dresses and drink champagne by the case, but amid the celebration these women have their own lives to contend with: Isabella is working at a mailing-list company, dizzy with the mixed signals of a boss who claims she’s on a diet but has Isabella file all morning if she forgets to bring her a chocolate muffin. Mary thinks she might cry with happiness when she finally meets a nice guy who loves his mother, only to realize he’ll never love Mary quite as much. And Lauren, a waitress at a Midtown bar, swears up and down she won’t fall for the sleazy bartender—a promise that his dirty blond curls and perfect vodka sodas make hard to keep.

With a wry sense of humor, Jennifer Close brings us through those thrilling, bewildering, what-on-earth-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life years of early adulthood. These are the years when everyone else seems to have a plan, a great job, and an appropriate boyfriend, while Isabella has a blind date with a gay man, Mary has a crush on her boss, and Lauren has a goldfish named Willard. Through boozy family holidays and disastrous ski vacations, relationships lost to politics and relationships found in pet stores, Girls in White Dresses pulls us deep inside the circle of these friends, perfectly capturing the wild frustrations and soaring joys of modern life.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Jennifer Close's The Smart One.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307700414
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/09/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 43,718
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Jennifer Close was born and raised on the North Shore of Chicago. She is a graduate of Boston College and received her MFA in Fiction Writing from The New School in 2005. She worked in New York in magazines for many years and then in Washington, D.C., as a bookseller. Girls in White Dresses is her first book.

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Girls in White Dresses 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 143 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this expecting a novel about 3 friends. Instead its a collection of short stories about a group of friends. I found it difficult to keep track of the characters. The stories felt true and were well written, but this just wasn't what I expected or like.
Jane Lump More than 1 year ago
Choppy, awkward writing. Forgetable characters. It just doesn't work.
ctsoxfan More than 1 year ago
I should have listened to the other reviews. The writing style of this book was choppy and at times I felt it may have been written by a 12 year old! It just never seemed to flow, even though the author was attempting to entertwine the short stories. When I got to the chapter on Hope, that was quite enough for me. I don't like books where the author sneaks in their political views. I wanted to read light chick lit and didn't appreciate the politically left leaning slant. If I want that, I'll buy a book with that, thank you very much. Knowing this, I won't try another by this author.
evanescenceSE More than 1 year ago
Touching and inspiring. I liked the feel of this book and how it almost reads like a collection of short stories.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
What a book - this book is so good, I am putting it on my shelf to read again, that never happens! A collection of a short stories or a book with characters weaving in and out - I don't know or care how you call it, it was excellent. As a girl who finds herself right in the thick of this book, I found my friends amongst her characters and even found myself in some of the same situations. I think this is why I fell so much in love with this book because I could completely relate to all of the characters. I enjoyed that each chapter involved a few of the friends, but you saw them again in another chapter. So yes, maybe it was a collection of short stories, but because you saw the characters again, I think it is a book where each chapter highlights a different character. I will not divulge any details - because this is a must grab, purchase it quickly. I will be buying this book in bulk for my girlfriends - I know they will love to read about us at the time we are right now in our lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is all about love storys and is very entertaining i read it in Two days
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended
LaLa58 More than 1 year ago
Listen to the other reviews! This book is choppy and hard to follow. It really is like a bunch of short stories vs a novel. I only finished it because i paid for it. Save your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because of the great reviews it had received in some of the magazines I read as well as it having a prominent placement at my local Barnes and Noble. What disappointed me most about the book was not so much the creativity of the author, but the actual style it was written in. There are various stories playing out at the same time yet the stories do not logically fit together. This is due to the fact the novel has a large cast of characters and connections between the characters were either not fully explained or were said too many chapters before causing the reader to forget the connection. The text was also written with minimal descriptions of the setting forcing the reader to assume way too much about where the conversations between the characters are taking place. This choppy style is not conducive to a novel that is already jumping between characters. The storyline between Isabelle and Harrison was entertaining and interesting. Jennifer Close clearly has a brilliant imagine. She simply needs refinement in her writing style and a greater ability to portray what she sees to the reader. While this book missed the mark, I think this author has enormous potential.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So disappointed! For all the accolades this author has I expected a bit of depth and character complexity (or even development) focusing on the dynamics of female relationships. It had so many opportunities to speak to something but never did. All I got was a mess of pages. A directionless attempt at a story with no substance. Seems the author wanted to vent and call it a book and some fool agreed to print it. Shame on them both. I regret I cannot get the time I spent reading this back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book a few months ago and still think back to it often. As a young, 20-something girl I can relate to a lot of what the girls are going through (especially the 8-bridal-showers-for-the-same-bride-and-you-have-to-go-to-all-of-them situation which left me crying with laughter the entire time!). I liked how their lives intermingled but didn't read like a typical plot line where you know they will all end up happy and rich with 2.5 kids at the end of the book. They struggle, feel completely lost at times, have their crazy party stories, and go through the highs and lows of growing up before the readers' eyes. Great writing, great storyline, and a must read for anyone who has ever spent back-to-back weekends celebrating other peoples weddings in dresses "you can totally wear again!!" Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. I would love if Jennifer Close would write another book about just Isabelle and Harrison!!!!
SusieQSM More than 1 year ago
Very boring! I had to wade through it because I paid for it.
Kaydiane Brown More than 1 year ago
A good book about characters similar to women we may know or even ourselves in early adulthood. It was surprisingly funny (I laughed out loud many times) and an easy read. I agree that the stories were not well connected. There were many characters to keep track of and the stories were not in chronological order. I decided to take each story on its own. Instead of trying to remember who was who I just started anew with each chapter. I throughly enjoyed this book. Absolutely recommend!
Anna Baumeister More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, the characters are wonderful and i laughed out loud several times, great for a fun read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Happy to know that my female relationships have more depth than these forgettable characters. Totally a yawner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't like it at all. Very bad developed characters. The short stories are not stories. Don't waste your money. If you really intrigued, check it out from a library!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a recent college grad I was intrigued to read Girls In White Dresses. After graduation all of my friends moved to different places all over the country, having our lives we built together for the past 4 years to break apart. Girls In White Dresses captures the friendships of girls that have known each other since college and create lives after leaving school. Every chapter somehow reminded me of my friends and I and I've already recommended it to all of them. Close did a great job interweaving stories and making the characters extremely relatable. I would definitely recommend the book to anyone who knows what it's like to go through their 20s with friends that will always be there for you. I can't wait to read whatever Close comes out with next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found all the negative reviews to be accurate - choppy disconnected stories, unlikeable characters. What i couldn't overlook was the author's insensitivity. I stopped reading after she had used the word "retard" twice. These were articulate, educated women. That word should not have been in their vocabulary. Obviously it is in the author's.
joyb1 More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed, there was no real depth to the characters or the writing.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing just wasn't doin it for me. The flow is off. It felt like a bunch of sentences strung together in a barely cohesive line. I've read too many well authored books to force myself through this one. I'm irritated I spent as much as I did on a book I'll only read a third of.
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