Book Club: Girls in White Dresses Q&A
I hope everyone is enjoying reading Girls in White Dresses so far. As promised, today I will be sharing our first question and answer session for this book. If you read up to the chapter “An Animal Called Ham,” like I recommended, you should be able to answer the questions below. Here they are…


  1. Which character do you relate to most and why?
  2. What do you think Isabella learned from the scenario with JonBenét?
  3. Why do you think the author wrote about Ellen and Louis’s relationship and them getting back together? What message does this story have?
  4. The girls in this book tend to be indecisive about their jobs, their relationships and their lives in general. How does this symbolize the life of a 20-something and why?
  5. Why does Abby decide to keep her hippy parents a secret from her friends? How do you think this affects her life?

My Answers

  1. I personally relate to both Isabella and Mary. On one hand, I can identify with Isabella because it’s easy to have a sense of uncertainty about relationships in your early twenties. But I also relate to Mary because I understand her strong work ethic and career-focused mentality.
  2. The scenario with JonBenét teaches Isabella to be less judgmental of others, especially before she’s gotten to know them herself. The situation also reveals Ben’s true colors as a boyfriend, and ultimately ends up leading to their breakup.
  3. I think that the author wrote about Ellen and Louis’ relationship for a couple of reasons. One was to juxtapose someone who settles for a bad relationship (like Ellen) with someone who knows when to move on (like Isabella). I think the author also included this piece because everyone has a friend like Ellen. It’s a tough lesson to learn, but you can only try to help a friend like Ellen so much. Sometimes you can’t intervene in a friend’s relationship even if you don’t approve.
  4. Entering the real world post-graduation is a daunting experience for a lot of young women. You go from being a big fish in a little pond to being a tiny fish in a gigantic pond practically overnight. You can read my posts on How to Conquer the Real World and 10 Things Every Girl in Her 20s Should Know for more advice on this stage of life.
  5. Abby is embarrassed and afraid of being judged by her friends. But Abby’s constant insecurities about her family only end up hurting her in the end.

Now it’s your turn! What are your answers to the questions above?

Leave your responses below and keep an eye out for my announcement about when our Live Book Club chat will take place. In the meantime, keep reading!

XO Lauren

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