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Girls in White Dresses [Paperback]

Jennifer Close
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Book Description

9 Aug 2012

Ever feel like everyone but you has their life under control?

Isabella, Mary and Lauren feel like everyone they know has a plan, a good job, and a nice boyfriend.

Isabella, on the other hand, thinks she might hate her own boyfriend, Mary is working so hard she's hoping to get hit by a car just so she can have some time off work and Lauren is dating a man who can't spell her first name.

All three of them have been friends since college, and now - more than ever - they need each other, as they struggle through those thrilling, bewildering, what-on-earth-am-I-doing years when everyone else is getting married and they're just getting drunk.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (9 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099563339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099563334
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jennifer Close was born and raised on the North Shore of Chicago. She is a graduate of Boston College and received her MFA in Fiction Writing from The New School in 2005. She worked in New York in magazines for many years and then in Washington, D.C., as a bookseller. Girls in White Dresses is her first book. You can follow her on Twitter @jenniferclose.

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"A hit in America, this wry and witty novel will pull at your heartstrings as you watch the characters navigate through work crises, romance and their turbulent twenties" (Stylist)

"One of the funniest books I have read in ages.sharply and sparely written, it's a sort of absurdist Sex and the City, but the characters have much less money and are therefore much more real. Warm, witty and compassionate" (Wendy Holden Daily Mail)

"Brilliantly well observed and delivered with deliciously dry wit, this coming-of-age tale charting the fates and fortunes of a group of young New York women became a huge hit Stateside before its publication here. Close paints vividly true portraits of the hateful and wonderful complexities of careers, romance and friendships and the result is funny, insightful and piquant. You'll nod in agreement, laugh out loud and go out and buy copies for all your friends" (Beatrice Hodgkin Easy Living)

"Close's debut pulls you into the midst of Isabella, Mary and Lauren's social circle, reminding us that friendship is everything in life. A great first novel, it has a touch of hit TV show Girls about it, and is full of the 'What am I going to do with my life?' angst that we can all relate to" (Glamour)

"An irresistible, pitch-perfect first novel" (Marie Claire)

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A wry, witty walk through those thrilling, bewildering, what-on-earth-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life years of early adulthood

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A briiliant, funny and insightful read! 19 Aug 2012
What a fantastic first novel!

I could easily have upset the silence of my daily commute to London by laughing out loud whilst reading this book! The author's style quickly creates vivid images of the key characters in the book and you begin to reflect on your own personal experiences and associate yourself with them. I loved the fact that the style adapted when different characters came into focus which reflected the diversity of people in real life and the various paths that relationships (not just with boyfriends but also with nieces/nephews etc) can take. The book really came to life when mothers-in-law came into the equation and the emotional battles that come into play when there's a strong mother/son relationship were captured brilliantly! (Something I can definitely understand!!)

The book got funnier and funnier as it went on and the focus on sisterly relationships was brief but incredibly amusing! I felt the author had really found their flow later on and would love Jennifer Close to let loose in future books as the latter sections were where I stopped myself laughing out loud!

I have to admit I would not have bought this book myself but so glad it was bought for me as a gift! I wil definitely be giving future Jennifer Close novels a go!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible 22 Aug 2013
By Jasmyn
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I love books and this book was awful! No story line and nothing interesting happening throughout the whole book! Do not waste your money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 2 Dec 2013
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Really good and entertaining -very American - description of the lives of a group of "just before marriage" women in their late twenties. Each chapter relates to a separate person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book. 25 Oct 2013
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Perfect for reading on the go, to pass some time even. It was light, funny and relatable! Would happily recommend this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Girls in white dresses 28 Aug 2013
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Good read but the story doesn't end as well as you hope. Fast moving and at times confusing but enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome read 20 Aug 2013
By Abi
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This book is definitely worth paying for, I would read it again and again. Many times I've thought the girls stories relate to my own life, an easy holiday read. Will be looking at more books by this author
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3.0 out of 5 stars started well 20 July 2013
By sam410
This book started off as a good read, but then you get half way through and realise it's got a fluffy plot and not much depth to it, it doesn't really go anywhere after that. It's predictable and has a rubbish ending with not much point. The chapters jump all over the place and a few times I had to read back as I thought I had missed something. If you have nothing better to read then read it, it's a quick easy read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed reading this. 19 Feb 2013
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Honest yet funny, this book completely encapsulates what it's like to be a 20 something girl, struggling to find love, a job and some form of happiness. Would thoroughly recommend!
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