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Girls in White Dresses (Vintage Contemporaries) (edition 2012)

by Jennifer Close

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Title:Girls in White Dresses (Vintage Contemporaries)
Authors:Jennifer Close
Info:Vintage (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 304 pages
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Basically this book was an ongoing,interconnected story about basically very nice,normal for our times
girls. Roughly about 9 years is covered from out of college a bit to turning thirty.
As the mom to two young woman,college and grad school graduates in their 20's making their way in the
big city I got a huge kick out of it!!!!
Some of their antics and retelling of things were laugh out loud funny. Quite a contrast to the mental,
self absorbed,screwed up young woman portrayed on HBO's "Girls"!!!
As a woman who did not get married and become a mom until her 30's I can tell you that many of
the thoughts and feelings these "girls" have are quite identical to my own thirty five years ago. 1979 was the year it seemed to me that lots of people in my circle and even my own younger brother got married and me not a
prospect on the horizon!
I so remember sharing some sneaky,snarky jokes at various showers I had to go to over the years
just like the characters in this book.
I got the biggest kick out of the turning thirty reunion when one character buys 5 bottles of wine for each girl and the others say it is way too much. By the second night when half was gone nobody said a thing. This
reminds me of annual reunion I have with three other friends in Cape May and we each bring like 4 bottles of wine
and it goes fast! ( )
  MEENIEREADS | Aug 5, 2014 |
Meh. ( )
  MsNick | Jul 22, 2013 |
Though funny at parts, and definitely honest and insightful, I would not recommend unless you feel like you can really relate to the characters - otherwise it was rather boring. The good news is, it's a pretty quick read, so even if you don't like it it'll be over quickly. ( )
  Kelsey-C | Apr 30, 2013 |
I am too old to read 20 something books. ( )
  shazjhb | Apr 25, 2013 |
Read on July 31, 2011

Sometimes I'm really happy to not have a lot of friends because I can't afford gifts for all the showers, weddings, and babies.

This was a great pool day book...smart chick lit. A little Sex & the City, a little Bridget Jones, and a perfect snapshot of life in your twenties. ( )
  melissarochelle | Apr 8, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0307596850, Hardcover)

J. Courtney Sullivan Reviews Girls in White Dresses

J. Courtney Sullivan is the author of two New York Times bestselling novels, Maine and Commencement. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and New York magazine, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Like a lot of women in America, I was awake at 4 a.m. on April 29th. But unlike the rest, I wasn’t waiting to see Kate Middleton walk down the aisle. I was reading Girls in White Dresses.

This hilarious, pitch-perfect debut more or less took over my life for three glorious days. I cancelled dinners, ignored deadlines and went without sleep, all because I could not stop reading it.

The author introduces an unforgettable cast of characters who navigate post-college life in the city. I laughed a lot while reading this novel, nodded knowingly, and occasionally wondered if Jennifer Close had been secretly reading my emails for the past ten years.

Any woman who has been a twenty-something can relate: There are first jobs (“Isabella knew [her boss] thought the Greek salad was super healthy, and for that she pitied him.”) First homes (“They hung mirrors on the walls to make the apartment seem bigger.”) First weddings (“You never want to be the first one of your friends to get married. If you are, just resign yourself to the fact that your wedding will be a sh-t show.”)

With wit and wisdom, Close captures every little detail of New York life in one’s twenties; that decade that so often begins with late nights out and ill-advised infatuations, yet somehow ends with bridal showers and babies and mothers-in-law named Button. Close leads her characters from the days of living together in cramped apartments straight through to a time when life has gotten hectic, obligations have increased, and a stolen weekend away at a beach house is the only bonding time they get.

Through it all--through drunken nights and hungover mornings, evil bosses, cancelled engagements, and that time Mary lost her mind and named her newborn baby Gertrude for three days--their friendships remain a constant.

Girls in White Dresses is reminiscent of Melissa Bank’s The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, but at the same time it’s a total original, perfectly reflecting the events of recent years: One character loses her boyfriend to a charismatic political candidate, campaigning on hope and change. Another gets married the same weekend that the King of Pop dies, and her wedding turns into a Michael Jackson tribute concert.

Only once in a very blue moon does a book captivate me as much as this one did. Read it immediately and prepare to be up all night.

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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.… (more)

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