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Girls in White Dresses
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2014
I could literally feel my brain cells dying whilst reading this book. The writing is bland and, at times, cringe-worthy. There are too many characters and no real storyline. Whilst I didn't HATE it, I definitely wouldn't recommened "Girls in White Dresses" to ANYONE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2015
This book was very disappointing too many characters couldn't figure out which girl was who and then it just ended!!
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on 27 December 2012
Fantastic read. Reminded me of a modern day version of Rona Jaffe's The Best of Everything. Was surprised by the hammering it took on Goodreads. i really liked the mix of characters and the fact that each chapter was a stand-alone story. Plus I do think the scenarios ring true (another GR criticism) - people do make bad career/relationship choices - particularly when they are younger. People do get screwed up by family stuff. I certainly recognised many of the scenarios from things that happened (not necessarily to me (!) but friends and acquaintances) when we were in our 20s (or at least UK equivalents). Clearly not everyone's cup of tea - but I loved it and would highly recommend.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2012
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"Always a bridesmaid, never a bride"

As spring and summer approach, those traveling in large social circles must open their mailboxes while holding their breath. For there is nothing worse than the dreaded wedding invitation - such a joyous occasion to the family of the betrothed, a wedding can be single girl's worst nightmare. Okay, worse is picking up the phone and hearing the words, 'I would be honoured if you would be in my bridal party!' Oy!

Jennifer Close's description of weddings as you age was bang-on perfect. The first weddings that you attend after graduation are absolute gong-shows... binge-drinking to your heart's content, dancing all-night-long, and staying out until sunrise. As you get older and the weddings become more frequent, the drinking is less (as you tend to look like the crazy single lady that people stay away from), the dancing is slower (high heels hurt), and the all-nighters are now midnighters (who can handle staying up all night anyways). I often found myself nodding in understanding as Isabella, Mary and Lauren discussed the next event they HAD to attend.

Being an avid fan of a good wedding story, I really enjoyed that Girls in White Dresses looks at the other side of the story and isn't from the brides point-of-view. It was very refreshing and brought into focus that the day isn't always about the bride... unless you ARE the bride!!

Girls in White Dresses will be proudly displayed - on my bookshelf - next to Nora Roberts wedding quartet series because it ranks right up there as one of my favourite wedding reads. A perfect summer story that will make you laugh out loud as you journey through the lives of these three wonderful, loveable, women.

Overall, this is a fantastic novel and I look forward to reading many more from Jennifer Close. She is a true gem to this genre!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2013
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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on 3 January 2013
This books is cleverly written and the stories weave in and out of each other. Some moments really hit the mark about the trials and fun of relationships. It is a bit cynical but entirely believable.
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on 23 March 2015
Everyone was talking about this book but the problem is when you expect something incredible then you're disappointed. The book is nice but i got a hard time getting attached to the characters.
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on 2 December 2013
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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