Number of pages: 368
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Rating: ages 18 and up
Genre: romance, relationships, friendships
Something Borrowed was told in Rachel White’s point of view, and now Darcy Rhone is telling her story in Something Blue. After discovering her best friend betrayed her, Darcy tries in vain to recreate her new glamorous life in London using only her charm and beauty. But as we would expect, Darcy soon realizes that her luck has changed, and she must learn to begin her journey through forgiveness and redemption.
My only reason for reading Something Blue is because I hate reading cliffhangers, which is exactly what Something Borrowed left me with. I just had to know what happened to Darcy and how she would manage her life without Rachel, her only moral support, guidance, and (as she puts it) her plain, do-gooder, best friend since childhood.
I never liked Darcy. She’s blindly aware of other people’s feelings including Rachel’s, always thinking about herself, and cruising through life with a “just get by” mentality. While reading Something Blue, I couldn’t help shake my head at Darcy’s inappropriate and self-serving actions, nor could I resist gritting my teeth at her shallowness and inconsiderable amount of feelings for others. She’s a character you will love to hate. You find her intolerable at first, but as her story progresses, you learn to forgive her as she attempts to redeem herself and regain balance in her life.
Readers are supposed to hate Darcy’s character so that we observe how she changes herself; her story begins as a travesty but ends in a warmer and compelling note. It was ingenious as to how Emily Giffin purposefully wrote her as a villainous character but turned her into a heroine in the end.
Something Blue is an entertaining novel, but I still enjoyed the prequel more, as the ending to Darcy’s story was predictable. But it finishes with a light-warming sentence about friendship: “They are what makes us who we are, and what can change us, if we let them.”
Something Blue is a delightfully charming novel for younger adults. Although you might have to surpass your disgruntled feelings for Darcy first, before you begin to appreciate her character in the end.
I give the book 3 hoots out of 5 hoots.