Title: Something Blue
Author: Emily Giffin
Release Date: March 21, 2006
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4 out of 5
Please be advised – there are spoilers regarding the ending of Emily Giffin’s Something Borrowed in the summary of this book, but not in my review!
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. Never 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 fiancé, 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 recreate her glamorous life on a new continent, Darcy finds that her rules no longer apply. It is only then that Darcy 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.
I really enjoyed Emily Giffin’s Something Borrowed way back when I read it, but I was hesitant about Something Blue. I had heard that Something Blue was the story of Something Borrowed from Darcy’s point of view, and as I really disliked the character (as pretty much everyone else did), I didn’t really see the point in reading the book.
Months (years?) later, I decided to go ahead and just read the book. To my surprise, I discovered that though it is indeed from Darcy’s point of view, Something Blue is actually a sequel to Something Borrowed, rather than a concurrent novel.
I was actually really surprised that I enjoyed Something Blue. As I said before, I really didn’t like Darcy to begin with and I wasn’t sure about reading a book where I had such strong feelings against the main character. I have to admit, part of the reason I enjoyed it was because I relished reading about Darcy finally getting what she deserved.
Of course, the entire book is basically about Darcy realizing how horrible of a person she has been and trying to change. At first, I wasn’t convinced; her actions seemed just as shallow as they always had, only this time she was trying to prove to people that she was a good person. After awhile though, her actions started to actually seem genuine. And I actually didn’t resent her when she got her happy ending.