So for my first book review, I’m going to go with Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close.
I decided to read it because I kept coming across it on all of these lists for ‘Books that Twentysomethings should be reading’. So I bought it as an E-book to give it a try. The short story is – I really didn’t like it.
It took me almost a third of the book to settle on who the main characters actually were. Now this was probably made worse by the fact that because I bought it as an E-book I couldn’t just glance at the back of the cover to double check names. Even after I started to realize which characters were going to stick around for the content of the book, I still had a hard time keeping their stories straight.
Each chapter of the book is essentially a little episode with a handful of the characters. Now there’s a general flow in time from the beginning when they first move to New York City, to the end that is around ten years later. I just never got a good sense about how the actions and choices the girls made early on had impacts on them later in life. As I mentioned earlier I had a hard time keeping them straight.
I would have preferred if the book was simply sold as a collection of short stories. By just calling the girls different names and not trying to connect any of them it would have been easier to go from one to another. I did really like some of the chapters. It just tended to pale in comparison to the trouble I had following everything from beginning to end.
So the bottom line is on Goodreads I gave this book 1 star out of 5. Truth be told I’m probably never going to read it again.