Sunday, August 28, 2011

Little Black Dress ~ Book Review

I recently received a copy of Little Black Dress to review, at my request. It sounded like a cute story, and did not disappoint. It was really bizarre how the dress melded itself and worked some sort of magic, all of which I can't really tell you about for the sake of saving some mystery for you if you should choose to read this story.

For me the primary character of this book was Evie. For it is Evie we meet first. Who we start to know, even through her daughter's eyes. I loved how Ms. McBride switched viewpoints as we turned each page, allowing us to learn the family history as we got to know each woman in this story.

And while we really only *hear* from Evie and her daughter Toni, there is a third woman who is a huge presence in the book. Evie's sister, Anna. Anna plays an important part in the story, as she is the first person to own and wear the dress.

This dress struck me as magical beyond the powers of the jeans in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books, and that's likely because it was more so. McBride mentions in her interview at the end of the book that the dress was inspired by the pants, and I love that about her! Those books were some of my favorites as they came out, and the relationships surrounding a pair of pants show how important the LBD is in this story.

There is so much we don't know, and we continue to turn page after page to find out. I will confess to finding bits and pieces of this to be predictable, but perhaps that is the under-developed writer in me who thinks, oh, I would totally take this in THAT direction.

I found it interesting that, we, as readers resolve our questions with Evie and Anna, but Toni does not necessarily know as much as we do as we move along. That's the benefit of being inside each character's head, I suppose.

I enjoyed this quick and easy read. It was light enough to enjoy quickly, not distressing enough to keep me up all night (which is a good thing sometimes, believe me!) and mysterious enough to leave me wanting just a little bit more.

** I was not compensated for posting my thoughts on this book, but I was given a free copy to facilitate my review. **


  1. I love the books that offer the view of more than one character. It was one of my favorite things about The Help.


  2. This sounds like fun. I'm going to go look for it right now.

  3. Whew, you got a spammer comment, huh?

    At first I thought I'd read this, but then i read your review (sounds great!) and realized that it was Mennonite in a Little Black Dress that I read (also a good book).


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