Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
Published by Knopf, an imprint of Random House
Mary, Isabella, and Lauren are in their mid-twenties and it seems like all their friends are getting married. Every weekend they had to bridal showers and weddings, ooh and ahh over kitchen gadgets and sheet sets, and dress up in bridesmaids dresses they’ll never wear again so someone else can have the perfect day. But during the week, each woman must navigate the tricky world in between college and married life, the time when best friends are everything and bosses rule all. Although all three of them scoff at their wedding-crazy friends, each one is secretly hoping that their guy will end up to be The One.
I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to read Girls in White Dresses. I had heard great things about it and I figured I would probably be able to relate to much of the story, as I am also in my twenties (late-twenties, really, but whatever) and have experienced that mad rush of my friends getting married. Unfortunately, the book didn’t do it for me like I had hoped. I’m not certain exactly where the disconnect was but there were a few things that didn’t work for me.
For one thing, I found it impossible to relate to any of the three women. Their lives were so drastically different from my own that I couldn’t understand or relate to many of the things they were dealing with. In addition, I didn’t really believe the relationships between the three of them – I wasn’t convinced of their best friendships. I think overall, the characters were kept at arm’s length from me and that seriously tampered my enjoyment of the novel.
I also didn’t particularly enjoy the way Girls in White Dresses was structured. To me, it felt like a series of chapters, completely unrelated to one another, rather than a cohesive novel. The order of chapters in relation to one another was quite confusing for me and I just didn’t feel like things were pieced together in a way that made sense.
Plenty of readers have loved Girls in White Dresses but it just didn’t do it for me.