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August 03, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

Girls in White Dresses

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Jennifer Close
genre
Fiction
We gave it a B

As long as there are young people moving to New York to fulfill their vague postcollegiate dreams, there will be books about them. Close’s Girls in White Dresses is breezier than most, a lightly sardonic chronicle of a group of recent Boston College grads whose ambitions seem to hinge largely on finding a decent guy and a doorman building without a rodent problem. If the stakes seem low, they are. And too often the characters are indistinguishable from one another; they all tend to say sitcom-witty things like ”I’ve been out to eat with boys that were my boyfriend, but that’s not dating. That’s just parallel eating.” Still, there’s a thread of melancholy running through Dresses that hints at something deeper and truer: not just the adventure of being young, but the unmooring of it, too. B

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