Saturday, August 06, 2011

Review: Something Blue by Emily Giffin

First line: I was born beautiful.

Why I read this: I had recently read Something Borrowed and was curious as to what would happen with Darcy. I am also using this book to count towards the Reading From My Shelves Project

From the back cover: Darcy Rhone thought she had it all figured out: the more beautiful the girl, the more charmed her life. Never mind substance. New mind playing by the rules. Never mind karma.

But Darcy's neat, perfect world turns upside down when her best friend, Rachel White, the plain-Jane "good girl," steals her fiance, while Darcy finds herself completely alone for the first time in her life...with a baby on the way.

Darcy tries to recover, fleeing to her childhood friend living in London and resorting to her tried-and-true methods for getting what she wants. But as she attempts to re-create her glamorous life on a new continent, Darcy finds that her rules no longer apply. It is only then that she can begin her journey toward self-awareness, forgiveness, and motherhood.

Something Blue is a novel about one woman's surprising discoveries about the true meaning of friendship, love and happily-ever-after. It's a novel for anyone who has ever, even secretly, wondered if the last thing you want is really the one thing you need.

My thoughts: Even though I enjoyed Something Borrowed, I could not stand Darcy Rhone, and when I realize Something Blue was all about her, I was pretty skeptical. Much to my surprise, I ended up enjoying this one as well. Something Blue picks up where Something Borrowed left off, rehashing the last few pages - the only difference is it is now from Darcy's point of view. Darcy has discovered her best friend and her fiance together, and storms off in a huff. When her relationship with her ex-fiance's roommate peters out, she finds herself pregnant and alone, with no real friends. Determined to make a fresh start, Darcy cajoles her childhood friend, Ethan, into letting her stay with him in London. He is reluctant, but agrees. What follows is a personal journey, bumpy and engaging, as Darcy evolves from an extremely self-centered person into someone who can take part in a real relationship. It is a warm and charming story about the true meaning of friendship and love, and the power they have to change us all.  

(I got this book from Paperback Swap.)

3 comments:

  1. I just finished reading Something Borrowed and was skeptical about reading Something Blue since I don't really like Darcy either, but after reading your review I will give it a shot.

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  2. @Shellabelle I felt the same way but curiosity won out - I had to know how Darcy's story played out!

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  3. It's been a while since I read these books, but I remember that I really loved them! They are what got me hooked on Giffin....

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