Jen Doll’s Save the Date

This is actually the most recent book I’ve read, but I didn’t want to start this blog with it for reasons that will become obvious. Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a wee bit obsessed with weddings. Like the kind of obsessed that comes home after a grueling week of works and set up shop on the couch to watch Friday Bridedays on TLC. And the kind of obsessed that got all her college roommates also hooked. And the kind that frequently complains to her friends that (1) they should get married so she can go to a wedding or (2) she wishes she was in a sorority because then her friends would more more marriage-oriented. Honestly I’m not desperately seeking to get married – something about weddings just fills me with glee (some of it of the sadistic, judgey variety).

So you can see why I thought Jen Doll’s Save the Date would be a good choice for a bit of light reading. Subtitle “The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest”, I assumed it would be full of lighthearted hijinks and embarrassing faux-pas. I was right. From the age of 8, the author hops from wedding to wedding of family and friends, intimate and gigantic, nearby and at exotic destination locales. More often than not, drunken escapades occur. And that’s where the stories sour.

In my previous post on Jennifer Close’s Girls in White Dresses I commented about how I’d like to be friends with those girls. Jen Doll is not in the same category. Over the course of the book, her intoxicated antics strain her relationships and honestly, I’m not surprised. Everyone has a few ridiculous stories to tell, at weddings most of all, but she turns quickly from harmlessly amusing to immature, overdramatic, and hurtful. I hope she grew as a person from cathartically spilling her life story because it doesn’t seem by her most recent wedding that’s she’s really matured from that little kid going to her first wedding.

2 Stars

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First Review! Jennifer Close’s Girls in White Dresses

Girls in White DressesI wanted to start this blog off on a good foot and no bad karma due to bad reviews. So I picked Jennifer Close’s Girls in White Dresses. Girls the book is similar to Girls the tv show on HBO. But I’ll make the bold claim that this book is far superior to the show (of which I watched a few episodes and quickly tired). I first read it about a year ago and pull it off my shelf every few months since.

The plot centers around 3 college friends – Isabella, Mary, and Lauren – as they venture from college to real life in the big city. Initially Isabella and Mary are NYC roommates in a low-paying, entry-level grunt job and law school respectively, with their college friends Kristi and Abby as neighbors. Lauren meanwhile lives in Chicago with a few other of their college friends. Through a series of vignettes loosely connected by their characters, the reader learns more about each girl and their struggles with young adulthood, from bad boyfriends to worse jobs. We follow these girls for about 10 years of their lives, into their early thirties and marriage and babies.

As you can probably tell by now, I LOVE this book. Obviously being a twentysomething myself helps me relate to the characters. I can see reflections of myself and my friends in them but I would also want to be friends with them. They get themselves into hysterical and ridiculous situations, but their reactions and motivations remain understandable. This book can make me laugh when I feel like like is spiraling out of control and also gives me hope for the future.

Highly recommend for female readers who grew up with The Babysitter’s Club and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and looking for a fun book about strong friendships to graduate to.

5 Stars

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