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Girls in White Dresses

Close, Jennifer. Book - 2011 Fiction / Close, Jennifer 1 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 3 out of 5

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Attending an endless series of bridal showers for their friend Kristi, three bridesmaids struggle with private challenges, including Isabella's unhappiness at a job where she is nevertheless very successful, Mary's relationship with a man who prioritizes his mother, and Lauren's attraction to a man she despises.


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tolerable chick-lit submitted by sugarmagnolia on June 16, 2012, 12:40pm this was very white, hetero, cis, middle-class lady stuff. we're not breaking any ground with this one, hence the "tolerable chick-lit" label. but! this book steamrolls the average GIFNELLA-monster (giffin,bushnell,kinsella,etc) selection. i liked it. the narration kept it interesting. it was a FAST read. it was funny and fairly honest. my ratings are usually curved in relation to the genre (in this case "chick-lit.")

it followed a group of young-20s into their early 30s. There was the typical "will i be alone forever" questionand bad relationships, irritation with family and drunken nights, but only because it's what most middle class folks go through. There wasn't any of the obnoxious zaniness and complete lack of self-reflexivity and growth that i just can't stand in most chick-lit (see: shopaholic series, bridget jones.).
The narration was good, and considering the amount of characters she narrated, the author did a great job. the vignettes within the chapters/scenes of memories were well placed, it mirrored how memories would come to the surface in real life. It was an interesting alternative to the 3rd person omniscient narrator, or the character breaking the 4th wall.
It was hard to follow all of the characters if you aren't paying attention, but who only has 4 friends/acquaintances from college? There were a lot of secondary characters/mutual friends and they added to the story and shaped the pictures of the main characters. 3.5 stars

Quick read submitted by jcottey on August 12, 2022, 3:25pm I‘m not sure why I read this book since the author's other book (Marrying the Ketchups) didn’t do much for me. In both books, nothing really happens. The author follows characters and what they’re doing, then the book just ends. It could easily have gone longer or stopped earlier. In this book, there are MANY characters, college friends. Some get married and have children. Some don’t. That’s about it.

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New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Year Published: 2011
Description: 293 p. ; 25 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book


Women -- Fiction.
Chick lit.