Book review: ‘Something Blue’ by Emily Giffin

Darcy Rhone has made a career — and life — on her charisma and attractiveness. Coupled with the fact that she’s always been the hottest woman in any room and far more beautiful than her best friend since childhood, Rachel, Darcy’s existence has centered around her high-powered PR job, gorgeous (and paper-perfect) fiance Dex and their lavish lifestyle in New York City.

Until she discovers Dex has been cheating on her with plain ol’ Rachel — and until she begins sleeping with Marcus, one of her groomsmen in the upcoming wedding she’d planned with Dex, her boyfriend of seven years. And until she gets pregnant.

And then? Things get complicated.

Emily Giffin’s Something Blue, sequel to the mega-successful Something Borrowed, centers around Darcy’s life as she struggles to get over the ridiculous, over-the-top life she’s created for herself through a lifetime of selfish decisions — and struggles with impending motherhood and the idea of the “perfect man,” whomever he may be. (And chances are it just isn’t Marcus.)

If you’ve read Something Borrowed – and, before starting this one, you should — you’ll remember our dear Darcy as the spoiled, bratty and wholly unlikeable best friend of Rachel, our narrator in the first of Giffin’s novels. Despite the fact that I knew Dex and Rach’s tryst was wrong, it was so obvious that they were in love — not Dex and Darcy — that you couldn’t help but cheer for the star-crossed lovers. Basically, Darcy just sucked. And I didn’t really want her to be happy.

Well, Giffin once again proves her mastery in the fiction genre by taking someone I was predisposed to despise and making me cheer for her. For the first half of the book and then some, Darcy is up to her old tricks and nonsense, making terrible decisions and living in a dream world in which she’s not really pregnant. Marcus turns out to be a world-class jerk — no huge shock — but you can’t help but feel sorry for him as Darcy waxes on and on about whether Dex and Rachel are happy, badgering him to death about how Dex could have really chosen someone like Rachel over her.

But then things begin to change. After Darcy makes a decision to leave New York and stays with Ethan, a good friend since childhood, she’s forced to take a serious look at herself in a mirror: and doesn’t like what she sees, particularly reflected through Ethan’s eyes. And when Darcy decides enough is enough, I was right there with her, ready to see some serious changes and root for her through her pregnancy and love affairs. From the beginning of the novel, Darcy’s tone of voice indicates she’s reflecting back on a less flattering time of her life — and knowing that she would have to change kept me with her on the journey.

Even at her very worst, Something Blue is compulsively readable because of the commanding way in which we see the world through Darcy’s (skewed) lens. Giffin’s fast-paced, silky writing keeps readers moving quickly and, though I often wanted to punch Darcy for being so hopelessly shallow, it was easy to see that she was a product of her upbringing . . . and we can only hope things will change for the next generation.

Fans of chick lit are probably acquainted with Giffin already, but if not? Definitely pick up Something Borrowed and follow it up with this sequel, two of the “classics” in the women’s fiction genre.


4 out of 5!

ISBN: 0312323859 ♥ Purchase from AmazonAuthor Website
Personal copy purchased by Meg

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14 thoughts on “Book review: ‘Something Blue’ by Emily Giffin

  1. I read Something Borrowed a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I though it was a great spin on the conventional chick lit novel, and I liked how Griffin pushed the boundaries with it. For whatever reason, I never got around to reading anything else by her, but I’m glad to hear you found this one a great followup!

  2. I’m going to have to read this and Something Borrowed again, as it’s been a while, but I recall that I enjoyed both. Have you read her other books? Baby Proof and Love the One You’re With are the names, I believe.

  3. Oh yes, I agree that this was a delightful and whirlwind follow-up to the love triangle set up in Something Borrowed. I loved to hate Darcy and then hated to love her and then just plain loved her.

    The only bummer is that her next book wasn’t from Dex’s point of view. :)

  4. “Something Blue” is my absolute favourite Emily Giffin book, and in fact made me a fan! I didn’t like “Love the one you’re with” or “Baby Proof” quite as much, though. Thankfully, I own all of them and re-read them about once a year just because I love them so much!

    • Ditto. I associate Something Borrowed and Something Blue as being one book (sort of like Lord of the Rings is “one” book) and enjoyed them but disliked the other two. I actually have a lot of concerns with how she did Baby Proof – too many to share in a comment!

  5. I don’t usually get into chick lit, but this does sound good. I like the fact that the author created a character you were predisposed to hate and got you cheering for her. She must be a master at character development. :-)

  6. I think it’s high time already to read some Giffin novels. I’ve been ignoring her name on bookshelves since God knows! I just needed a little push and I think this is it!

  7. It’s a testament to Gifin’s writing that she took a character I completely loathed in Something Borrowed and turned her into someone rootable in Something Blue. I’d really like to see her continue on with these characters in another book.

    Glad you enjoyed it as well!

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