Monday, October 7

bibliophile [girls in white dresses]

A light read, and not very sticky, but an interesting character study of my "peers" for sure.

Girls in White Dresses, by Jennifer Close

This book was on almost every "must read for the summer" list I saw, toted as a great beach read, fun chick lit, etc. I thought I'd give it a try. Here's your blurb:

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.

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.

This was a lot like Girls the TV show; you just want to slap every one of them. This book follows the lives of a group of friends from post-grad to marriages to babies, but they're all flipping dumb. They make bad decisions, they settle for the path of least resistance, they don't pursue lives of meaning. I kept reading it, and was truly interested in how things would turn out, but it was like watching a car crash more than really being engaged by the story. Your call, but I rolled my eyes through this one.

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