“In college, 29 had seemed impossibly old. By now, she’d thought she’d be married and have kids. But as each year went by, she didn’t feel much different than she had before. Time kept going by and she was just here, the same.”
Girls in White Dresses consists of a bunch of overlapping stories that show the stark contrasts between women in serious relationships and those who are still hopelessly single. The story focuses on three women- Isabella, Mary and Lauren- who are at the stage in their lives where there is a wedding or baby shower every weekend. Too bad their lives seem to be staying the same. They tell stories of women in the wrong relationships, women who are settling, and women who seem genuinely happy. I thought it was full of a lot of stereotypes and these are stories we have heard a million times.
I’m getting a little tired of the books with women complaining about being single or living in small, studio apartments in New York City. I don’t know if it’s age, but I’m losing sympathy for them. Here’s an idea- stop buying all those designer shoes and start saving. Maybe then you could upgrade to a one bedroom by the time you are thirty. And I’m sorry you are single… instead of sitting around, drinking wine, and complaining to your girlfriends, get out of your apartment and put yourself out there! It seems like this generation of female leads are just complainers.
Okay sorry end rant. I think I’m cutting myself off from these types of books from now on. I’m ready to read about motivated, successful women. I want more characters like Tessa King (see my post on The Stepmother) and less characters like Lauren. Yes, life is hard for twenty something women but I want to read books about women taking actual steps to improve their lives- outside of finding a rich, successful husband. Read if you still like these kinds of books. Otherwise I would say to skip this one.
Not my favorite book I’ve read recently but I did enjoy a couple lines…. I’ll leave you with this final quote that 100% cracked me up. Sorry friends but you know this is going to be true! #alumninoexcuses
“You never want to be the first one of your friends to get married. If you are, just resign yourself to the fact that your wedding will be a shitshow. Most people are still single, open bars are a novelty, and no matter how elegant the wedding was planned to be, it will end up looking like a scene out of Girls Gone Wild.”