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Something Blue Paperback – Bargain Price, March 21, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
Its tale of a nice girl named Rachel - who finds romance while misbehaving with her best friend's fiance in the weeks before his wedding - was very fun. In it, I liked how Rachel came off as sympathetic and interesting, someone you could root for, in spite of the terrible thing she did to her "best" friend, Darcy the bride. In SOMETHING BORROWED, Darcy came off as an entitled, spoiled, superficial, mean girl who always got what she wanted, and watching a villain like that get her comeuppance was part of the book's fun.
Of course, Emily Giffin had a twist in mind for the sequel to SOMETHING BORROWED, and the resulting book is a terrific pageturner that surpasses the first one in pretty much every way.
The heroine of SOMETHING BLUE is the same spoiled, mean, jilted bride Darcy Rhone. And the new book, thankfully, finds her just as mean and spoiled as before. Giffin doesn't make the mistake of "changing" the character's voice from the original book. Darcy's self-centered, delusional, greedy, wicked and ... pregnant with a groomsman's baby at the beginning of SOMETHING BLUE. It's a bad situation that would jar anyone, but her fiance's betrayal with her best friend Rachel is what really throws Darcy for a loop.
As Darcy tries to recapture her fabulous life, she finds that things are more difficult for her. Accustomed to getting any man she wants to fall in love with her, she suddenly has to fend for herself without her friends, with her reputation tarnished and with morning sickness.Read more ›
The book starts out with a couple chapters rehashing the final pages of the first book, when Darcy finds out about Dex and Rachel's affair, and Darcy discovers her own surprise. The following chapters are Darcy being her shallow, manipulative, immature, whiney 'ol self...I still hated her, and thought nothing would change that. But about half-way through the book, when she gets to London friendless, man-less, and at her lowest, she finally starts to grow up and take a mature look at her life and where it's heading.
Figuring she needs to end her obsession with Rachel and Dex, find a job, and not be so judgmental based on shallow observations, she sets about trying to right all the wrongs in her life. With the help of her childhood friend Ethan (the one who lives in London) she slowly starts making progress in becoming a better person overall.
Bottom line...this was a marvelous read. I loved the ending, and even grew to like Darcy herself. Kudos to Ms. Giffin who has given us two very readable story's that are next to impossible to put down. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for her future novels, she really has a great talent for storytelling.
I was very intrigued to see that the author, Emily Giffin, is a graduate of both Wake Forest University (a school I greatly admire and applied to as an undergrad) and UVA Law, where I was an undergrad and now a staff member. These are two exceptional schools and proved to me that this author was extremely intelligent, so it came as no surprise to find that both Something Borrowed and Something Blue were very well-written, above average chick-lit.
Beyond the great writing, however, it is a very talented author who can make you root for someone who is behaving in awful ways towards someone he/she cares about (i.e. Rachel in Something Borrowed). I happen to be quite a stickler for morality and, naturally, the concept of someone carousing with her best friend's fiancee does not please me. I was shocked to see how much I identified and sympathized with Rachel during the entire ordeal in Something Borrowed, and was so desperate to read the sequel that I bought Something Blue in hardcover, which I NEVER do.
I will say that I found the ending of Something Borrowed a tad too convenient, but Something Blue was such a fantastic sequel that it doesn't even matter.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I remember when I first started reading Something Blue. I got a couple of pages in, and I thought, "I cannot read this. Read morePublished 2 days ago by aubie99_98
I read the first book so wanted to read this one but did not like it. Sorry I wasted my moneyPublished 2 days ago by Sheryl Taylor
I think the author's writing is good and that her work will appeal to younger women. I did not like the self-centered Darcy; but I did, however, like the way the author showed her... Read morePublished 9 days ago by The Merry Windchime
To me, the book was good summer reading - not great, but good. At times, it was rather tiresome reading and somewhat predictable but if one wants an easy read for the beach, this... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Mitzi
This is my favorite Emily Giffin book. In the beginning, the main character isn't very likeable but by the end, I always declare it one of my favorite books. Read morePublished 16 days ago by sjmann
Somewhat of a typical love story but with a twist. The author's writing is smooth and interesting.
Plan to read more by her.