Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close

Girls in White Dresses

By Jennifer Close

  • Publication Date: 2011-08-09
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 481 Ratings)

Book Summary

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.

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Latest Reviews

  • Great book

    By Momima99
    Well written and engaging book
  • OK book - offended by casual use of the word "retarded"

    By Cej5668
    The book itself was entertaining, but in at least two separate passages, the word "retarded" is used pretty casually. I found it offensive and ignorant.
  • confusing

    By traylza30
    I just didnt like it. too many characters and there was just no real point to the entire book. sorry.
  • Ok

    By Twoxlooks
    As a 25 year old I could definitely relate to the characters, but I felt there were too many in it. It went back and forth between them at different parts of their lives and became a little too confusing to keep up with them. The ending was so abrupt I didn't even realize I was reading the last chapter. It built you up to so much and then never really gave you a closure to some of the characters. I felt it was little all over the place, but definitely dealt with things girls in there 20s deal with.
  • Pointless

    By Ll20jsjicj
    The writing was good but the story was dull and pointless. I would not recommend this book.
  • Quick read

    By Eobockel
    Too many characters and not enough detail. Quick and ok read.
  • Mediocre stab at a novel resembling Sex and The City

    By GillianIrwin
    This book while containing cute quips of drunken banter and moments of the lives of 20 something's coming of age; left much to be desired as too many things went unresolved. The beginning of each chapter left me scrambling to discover who they were taking about, the blithe lack of character development left me trying to remember which girl played which part in the story. Typically a book of this genre would take me a day, possibly two to read, but without much of a clincher found myself taking almost two months to read it for there was no real desire to pull it back out except to discover if the title character finally grows up and becomes an adult instead of a selfish teen in her shortcomings; which the end still leaves unresolved. Cute book for what it was, but still strangely felt reminiscent of someone who watched a bit too much Sex and the City.
  • Patience

    By claudia portillo
    It took me awhile to get into this book. There's a few characters and the author bounces back and forth between them. At times it was hard to keep track of who she was talking about. But I have to say it definitely improved towards the end. The more to the end I got I liked it. I found myself laughing out loud at the dialogue between the characters towards the end. It sounded like a lot of things I would say. My favorite character was isabella her sarcastic nature totally resonated with me.
  • Girls in white dresses

    By TinaHGO
    I felt like I needed to take notes to keep up with all the different people. I wanted to quit reading it but I was hoping for a turn around. Never happened.
  • Great read!

    By LaFort
    I laughed out loud a lot reading this book. The characters are great but there are so many of them it can be hard to keep track. Overall, this is a quick and great read.