Monday, August 29, 2011

Book Review: Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close

The Publisher's summary for Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close.

Wry, hilarious, and utterly recognizable, Girls in White Dresses tells the story of three young women grappling with heartbreak and career change, family pressure and new love - all while suffering through an endless round of weddings and bridal showers.
Isabella, Mary, and Lauren are going to be bridesmaids in Kristi's wedding. On Sunday after Sunday, at bridal shower after bridal shower, they coo over toasters, eat tiny sandwiches, and drink mimosas. They're all happy for Kristi, but they do have the ups and downs of their own lives to cope with. Isabella is working at a mailing-list company, where she's extremely successful, and wildly unhappy. Mary is in love with a man who may never love any woman as much as he loves his mother. And Lauren, a waitress at a midtown bar, finds herself drawn to a man she's pretty sure she hates.
With blind dates and ski vacations, boozy lunches and family holidays, 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.

The premise sounded promising and Girls in White Dresses came highly reviewed by an editor. I'm not a fan of the chick-lit genre - but there was enough promise that I rolled a credit and took a chance on Girls in  White Dresses.

I tried really hard to get through this novel - in the end I just couldn't do it. I listened to six and a half hours of the eight hour novel and still hadn't found a single enjoyable aspect of the listen. The characters are vapid and shallow and their lives are ordinary and boring. The story rotates around several loosely connected women who say "oh my god!" a lot -really a lot. All I could picture was a ridiculous chick-flick style sitcom a'la Sex in the City (I'm not a fan by the way) with an even more annoying audiotrack. Girls in White Dresses was narrated by Emily Janice Card, who so perfectly captured the vain and superficial nature of the women in this novel.

Skip this one folks.

Girls in White Dresses was written by Jennifer Close and published by Random House Audio. Girls in White Dresses was released on 8/9/2011 and has a runtime of 8 hours 3 minutes.

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