I found out about Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close, on one of those lists of books you should read in your 20s. I was really excited about it because there were good reviews on the back of the cover and it sounded really good. Here is the synopsis:
“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 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 a dead-end job, Mary is dating a nice guy with an awful mother, and Lauren is waitressing at a midtown bar and wondering why she’s attracted to the sleazy bartender. With a wry sense of humor, Jennifer Close brings us through those thrilling, bewildering years of early adulthood as she pulls us inside the circle of these friends, perfectly capturing the wild frustrations and soaring joys of modern life.”
But it didn’t quite live up the hype for me. I did like her style of writing though. It was quick and easy to read. But sometimes it seemed like it was too direct and moved a little too fast. In one or two pages a character got engaged and married and I felt like we didn’t get to hear the details of it all.
There were so many characters it was hard to keep up with. I didn’t know who was dating who and who had a kid or not.
The thing I liked most about the book though was that it was relatable. It was about a group of friends who were in the twenties after college trying to figure out their lives. It wasn’t a perfect story of girls having their dream jobs and making it big, but rather of girls struggling through bad boyfriends and bad waitressing jobs. I also enjoyed the humor of this book, I found myself chuckling a few times.