Something Blue [NOOK Book]

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed comes a novel that shows how someone with a ‘perfect life’ can lose it all—and then find everything.

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 ...
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Overview


From the New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed comes a novel that shows how someone with a ‘perfect life’ can lose it all—and then find everything.

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, 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.


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Darcy Rhone was more than a pretty face, but she was the last to know it. After her best friend stole her fiancé, she realizes that relying on the bare essentials ultimately led to loneliness, but she still has to learn how to navigate in a world that's not just there for the taking. In hardcover, Emily Giffin's Something Blue earned high praise for its "sprightly, dead-on dialogue, real-life complexity and genuine warmth." Now in mass market paperback and NOOKbook.

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 "[A] modern-day Jane Austen." —Vanity Fair

“Giffin's writing is warm and engaging. Readers will find themselves cheering for Darcy as she proves people can change in this captivating tale.” —Booklist (starred review)

 

"Highly entertaining…Despite a happy ending, Giffin raises thorny questions. A long friendship can (like marriage) turn claustrophobic or abusive. Is infidelity the solution? And why are pretty girls so easily taken in by scheming Plain Janes?" —Boston Globe

"[Giffin's] plotting and prose are so engaging that she quickly becomes a fun, friendly presence in your reading life." —Chicago Sun-Times

"The author’s impressive knack for intimacy and insight sparkles in this delightful novel." —Hamptons magazine

"SOMETHING BLUE goes beyond the traditional conventions in a witty and compelling way, and reaffirms a lesson we all should have learned long ago: Love doesn’t need a fairy tale, fancy wrapping or a big price tag. Often, it’s better without." —Charlotte Observer

"Darcy is Scarlett O’Hara set in modern [day]. Giffin orchestrates [her] gradual change ingeniously…[and] successfully answers any ‘Gone With the Wind’ fan who wondered if, after Rhett Butler decided he didn’t give a damn, Scarlett ever morphed into someone softer." —Newark Star-Ledger

“Smartly written. The dialogue is real with lightly rendered lessons about what really matters in life…Emily Giffin knows what she’s doing.” —Winston-Salem Journal

“Emily Giffin’s sophomore effort is a joy to read from start to finish, taking the egotistical villainess of her first novel and turning her into an unlikely heroine. Any woman who carries the scars of a broken friendship will appreciate this literary gem, which covers every emotional battleground possible—from rejection and betrayal to self-discovery and pregnancy.” —CanWest

“A touching depiction of one woman’s surprising discoveries about the true meaning of friendship and happily-ever after. Sometimes you can lose it all, only to find everything in the end.” The State (SC)

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429904629
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 7,640
  • File size: 448 KB

Meet the Author

Emily Giffin

Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of four New York Times bestselling novels, she now lives in Atlanta with her husband and three young children.

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SOMETHING BLUE (Chapter One)

Sucker punch.

It was one of my little brother Jeremy’s pet expressions when we were kids. He used it when regaling the scuffles that would break out at the bus stop or in the halls of our junior high, his voice high and excited, his lips shiny with spittle: WHAM! POW! Total sucker punch, man! He’d then eagerly sock one fist into his other cupped palm, exceedingly pleased with himself. But that was years ago. Jeremy was a dentist now, in practice with my father, and I’m sure he hadn’t witnessed, received, or rehashed a sucker punch in over a decade.

I hadn’t thought of those words in just as long—until that memorable cab ride. I had just left Rachel’s place and was telling my driver about my horrifying discovery.

“Wow,” he said in a heavy Queens accent. “Your girlfriend really sucker punched you good, huh?”

“Yes,” I cried, all but licking my wounds. “She certainly did.”

Loyal, reliable Rachel, my best friend of twenty-five years, who always had my interests ahead of, or at least tied with, her own, had—WHAM! POW!—sucker punched me. Blindsided me. The surprise element of her betrayal was what burned me the most. The fact that I never saw it coming. It was as unexpected as a seeing-eye dog willfully leading his blind, trusting owner into the path of a Mack truck.

 

Truth be told, things weren’t quite as simple as I made them out to be to my cab driver. But I didn’t want him to lose sight of the main issue—the issue of what Rachel had done to me. I had made some mistakes, but I hadn’t betrayed our friendship.

It was the week before what would have been my wedding day, and I had gone over to Rachel’s to tell her that my wedding was called off. My fiancé, Dex, had been the first to say the difficult words—that perhaps we shouldn’t get married—but I had quickly agreed because I’d been having an affair with Marcus, one of Dexter’s friends. One thing had led to another, and after one particular steamy night, I had become pregnant. It was all hugely difficult to absorb, and I knew the hardest part would be confessing everything to Rachel, who, at the start of the summer, had been mildly interested in Marcus. The two had gone on a few dates, but the romance had petered out when, unbeknownst to her, my relationship with Marcus began. I felt terrible the entire time—for cheating on Dex, but even more for lying to Rachel. Still, I was ready to come clean to my best friend. I was sure that she would understand. She always did.

So I stoically arrived at Rachel’s apartment on the Upper East Side.

“What’s the matter?” she asked as she answered the door.

I felt a wave of comfort as I thought to myself how soothing and familiar those words were. Rachel was a maternal best friend, more maternal than my own mother. I thought of all the times my friend had asked me this question over the years: such as the time I left my father’s sunroof down during a thunderstorm, or the day I got my period all over my white Guess jeans. She was always there with her “What’s the matter?” followed by her “It’s going to be all right,” delivered in a competent tone that made me feel sure that she was right. Rachel could fix anything. Make me feel better when nobody else could. Even at that moment, when she might have felt disappointed that Marcus had chosen me over her, I was sure she’d rise to the occasion and reassure me that I had chosen the right path, that things happened for a reason, that I wasn’t a villain, that I was right to follow my heart, that she completely understood, and that eventually Dex would too.

I took a deep breath and glided into her orderly studio apartment as she rattled on about the wedding, how she was at my service, ready to help with any last-minute details.

“There isn’t going to be a wedding,” I blurted out.

“What?” she asked. Her lips blended right in with the rest of her pale face. I watched her turn and sit on her bed. Then she asked me who called it off.

I had a flashback to high school. After a breakup, which was always a very public happening in high school, guys and girls alike would ask, “Who did it?” Everyone wanted to know who was the dumper and who the dumpee so that they could properly assign blame and dole out pity.

I said what I could never say in high school because, to be frank, I was never the dumpee. “It was mutual…. Well, technically Dexter was the one. He told me this morning that he couldn’t go through with it. He doesn’t think that he loves me.” I rolled my eyes. At that point, I didn’t believe that such a thing was possible. I thought the only reason Dex wanted out was because he could sense my growing indifference. The drifting that comes when you fall for someone else.

“You’re kidding me. This is crazy. How do you feel?”

I studied my pink-striped jeweled Prada sandals and matching pink toenail polish and took a deep breath. Then I confessed that I had been having an affair with Marcus, dismissing a pang of guilt. Sure, Rachel had had a small summer crush on Marcus, but she had never slept with him, and it had been weeks since she had even kissed him. She just couldn’t be that upset by the news.

“So you slept with him?” Rachel asked in a loud, strange voice. Her cheeks flushed pink—a sure sign that she was angry—but I plowed on, divulging full details, telling her how our affair had begun, how we tried to stop but couldn’t overcome the crazy pull toward each other. Then I took a deep breath and told her that I was pregnant with Marcus’s baby and that we planned on getting married. I braced myself for a few tears, but Rachel remained composed. She asked a few questions, which I answered honestly. Then I thanked her for not hating me, feeling incredibly relieved that despite the upheaval in my life, I still had my anchor, my best friend.

“Yeah…I don’t hate you,” Rachel said, sweeping a strand of hair behind her ear.

“I hope Dex takes it as well. At least as far as Marcus goes. He’s going to hate him for a while. But Dex is rational. Nobody did this on purpose to hurt him. It just happened.”

And then, just as I was about to ask her if she would still be my maid of honor when I married Marcus, my whole world collapsed around me. I knew that nothing would ever be the same again, nor had things ever been as I thought they were. That was the moment I saw Dexter’s watch on my best friend’s nightstand. An unmistakable vintage Rolex.

“Why is Dexter’s watch on your nightstand?” I asked, silently praying that she would offer a logical and benign explanation.

But instead, she shrugged and stammered that she didn’t know. Then she said that it was actually her watch, that she had one just like his. Which was not plausible because I had searched for months to find that watch and then bought a new crocodile band for it, making it a true original. Besides, even had it been a predictable, spanking-new Rolex Oyster Perpetual, her voice was shaking, her face even paler than usual. Rachel can do many things well, but lying isn’t one of them. So I knew. I knew that my best friend in the world had committed an unspeakable act of betrayal.

The rest unfolded in slow motion. I could practically hear the sound effects that accompanied The Bionic Woman, one of my favorite shows. One of our favorite shows—I had watched every episode with Rachel. I stood up, grabbed the watch from her nightstand, flipped it over, and read the inscription aloud. “All my love, Darcy.” My words felt thick and heavy in my throat as I remembered the day I had his watch engraved. I had called Rachel on my cell and asked her about the wording. “All my love” had been her suggestion.

I stared at her, waiting, but she still said nothing. Just stared at me with those big, brown eyes, her always ungroomed brows furrowed above them.

“What the fuck?” I said evenly. Then I screamed the question again as I realized that Dex was likely lurking in the apartment, hiding somewhere. I shoved past her into the bathroom, whipping open the shower curtain. Nothing. I darted forward to check the closet.

“Darcy, don’t,” she said, blocking the door with her back.

“Move!” I screamed. “I know he’s in there!”

So she moved and I opened the door. And sure enough, there he was, crouched in the corner in his striped navy boxers. Another gift from me.

“You liar!” I shouted at him, feeling myself begin to hyperventilate. I was accustomed to drama. I thrived on drama. But not this kind. Not the kind of drama that I didn’t control from the outset.

Dex stood and dressed calmly, putting one foot and then the other into his jeans, zipping defiantly. There wasn’t a trace of guilt on his face. It was as if I had only accused him of stealing the covers or eating my Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream.

“You lied to me!” I shouted again, louder this time.

“You have got to be kidding me,” he said, his voice low. “Fuck you, Darcy.”

In all my years with Dex, he had never said this to me. Those were my words of last resort. Not his.

I tried again. “You said there was nobody else in the picture! And you’re fucking my best friend!” I shouted, unsure of whom to confront first. Overwhelmed by the double betrayal.

I wanted him to say, yes, this looks bad, but there had been no fornicating. Yet no denial came my way. Instead he said, “Isn’t that a bit of the pot calling the kettle black, Darce? You and Marcus, huh? Having a baby? I guess congratulations are in order.”

I had nothing to say to that, so I just turned the tables right back on him and said, “I knew it all along.”

This was a total lie. I never in a million years could have foreseen this moment. The shock was too much to bear. But that’s the thing about the sucker punch; the sucker element hurts worse than the punch. They had socked it to me, but I wasn’t going to be their fool too.

“I hate you both. I always will,” I said, realizing that my words sounded weak and juvenile, like the time when I was five years old and told my father that I loved the devil more than I loved him. I wanted to shock and horrify, but he had only chuckled at my creative put-down. Dex, too, seemed merely amused by my proclamation, which enraged me to the brink of tears. I told myself that I had to escape Rachel’s apartment before I started bawling. On my way to the door, I heard Dex say, “Oh, Darcy?”

I turned to face him again. “What?” I spat out, praying that he was going to say it was all a joke, a big mix-up. Maybe they were going to laugh and ask how I could think such a thing. Maybe we’d even share a group hug.

But all he said was, “May I have my watch back, please?”

I swallowed hard and then hurled the watch at him, aiming for his face. Instead it hit a wall, skittered across her hardwood floor, and stopped just short of Dexter’s bare feet. My eyes lifted from the watch to Rachel’s face. “And you,” I said to her. “I never want to see you again. You are dead to me.”

SOMETHING BLUE Copyright © 2005 by Emily Giffin

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From the New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin comes a novel that shows how someone with a “perfect life” can lose it all—and then find everything.

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Something Blue-wonderful

    I picked this book up, without even looking at the flap, because I so loved Something Borrowed. I had no clue what it was about. When I began the book and realized that the same characters were in this one, I got excited. Then I promptly got un-excited when I realized that the central first-person character of this book was Darcy -- the lying, cheating, spoiled brat "best friend" from Something Borrowed. I was immediately concerned that this book, being told from Darcy's perspective, would taint my fondness toward the Rachel and Dex characters from the first book, and I did not want that. It's always nice to look back fondly on characters you really like and/or identify with from a book you truly enjoy. I thought that Giffin might use this book to make you feel sympathy for spoiled Darcy and shed light on why she did the things she did. But to my surprise and delight, she did not. What's more, Darcy is still the annoying, shallow character that she was in the first book. You would think that would make for an annoying read, but it does not. Giffin pulls it off somehow and keeps it intriguing. And if ever there was a story of positive character evolution, this is it. Darcy does change over time, for the better, but not at the expense of the characters you may have grown to love. The ending of this book, too, is worth noting. Few really good books have really good endings in my opinion, but this one does. The final pages of the book are poignant, poetic ... perfect. And without being fairy tale saccharinized.
    Something Blue is a fabulous story of friendship, romance, and self-discovery. It was easy for me to give it 5 stars.

    46 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

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    I loved it

    I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.

    28 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2011

    Rip off

    Why is the paperback $9.07 and the nookbook $9.99!???!!! its just a file for pete's sake.

    14 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2010

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    Read with Midol

    So after reading "Something Borrowed" (and LOVING it in spite of myself), I figured, well now I have to read "Something Blue". The freakishly obnoxious b*tch from the first book is obviously going to get what's coming to her in the sequel and frankly, the devil in me is just in the mood to read about it. Unfortunately this is not how "Blue" plays out. To be fair, any book that is published with the chick lit logo is going to have an impossibly perfect, Bridget Jones becomes the princes bride ending so I should've managed my expectations accordingly. But Giffin does such a perfect job of creating the quintessential character everyone loves to hate (Darcy) in the first book, that my cup of loathing runneth over upon starting the second book and no matter how much Darcy grew up, I still wanted her to end up deformed and talking with a keyboard a la Stephen Hawking. But like I said, this is chick lit so obviously this does not happen. Rather, in "Something Blue" we get the rest of the story from Darcy's perspective, which ends up being one of the more irritating and whiney narratives I have ever read. For 200+ pages the reader is treated to a diatribe of "poor me poor me, I'm Malibu Barbie" only to be followed up with 100+ pages of incredulous poppycock that quite honestly had my eyes rolling into my head so often I've memorized the pattern of veins in my lids.
    Ugh.honestly.

    8 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2006

    After a promising first book in

    Something borrowed my friend and I counted down the days for Something Blue to be released and what a waste of my $20 (hardcover price). While I connected and sympathized w/ Rachel, I could not for the life of me feel anything but disdain for Darcy. She's a spoiled, self-centered character that did not change at all. And what happened w/ the Ethan from Something Borrowed. This Ethan lack the backbone and personality that he showed in his appearance in the first book. Save your money, Something Borrowed is great and a must read, Something Blue belongs in the sale bin.

    6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

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    Rachel... Eat your heart out!

    After reading Something Borrowed I LOATHED Darcy and could not understand how she got her own book. After some hesitation I decided to give it a try. I have to admit I did not love Darcy right away. She was still her spoiled, selfish, and down right annoying self. I had no compassion for her! But as the book progressed and Darcy's character progressed I began to feel for her and surprisingly ROOTING for her to get her happy ending. I actually ended up loving this book 10 times more than the first and will forever be one of my all time favorites :)

    Great Job Emily Griffin for doing it again!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Great summer read!

    Spoliers! I really enjoyed this book. At first, Darcy is really annoying but then you find yourself rooting for her. Loved the Darcy and Ethan relationship. The only things I didn't like were: 1) enough with the ginger bashing - it is getting really old 2) when Ethan and Darcy get together- it felt rushed and no love scene. We had to read about sex with Marcus, Geoffrey but not with her soulmate, Ethan. 3)the lack of a focus on Darcy and Rachael' s friendship

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    Something Old, Something New.

    Darcy Rhone has a rough life. She's with a guy who doesn't adore and worship her like the ex-fiance that she cheated on. He's also not as "presentable" as her former fiance, Dex, and she's pregnant as a result of the illicit affair. Boo hoo. Furthermore, Darcy refuses to have anything to do with her best and childhood friend, Rachel, who fell in love with said ex-fiance. I must admit that I never really had any desire to read Emily Giffin's books until I saw the "Something Borrowed" movie and loved it. I enjoyed the characters in the movie so much that I wanted to see what happened next. Thankfully, I discovered that Giffin had written a sequel. The first few chapters of SOMETHING BLUE covered the end of the movie (and probably the related book), so it served as a rehash, lest the reader forget what happened. Unlike SOMETHING BORROWED which was told from sweet Rachel's point of view, SOMETHING BLUE was told from Darcy's point of view. At first, I found it difficult to read a book from the point of view of a very unsympathetic character. Darcy is not likable and hasn't matured/grown any since the events of SOMETHING BORROWED. Her personality is like nails on a chalkboard. She thinks world revolves around her. In fact, she's upset that neither Rachel or Dex call to wish her a happy birthday after she told them she never wanted anything to do with either one of them again. She also feels like she's one of the "chosen." In one passage, Darcy ponders, "I suddenly wondered what color eyes my baby would have. I hoped for blue, or at least green like mine. Everyone knows blue eyes are prettier, at least on a girl, which is why there are so many songs about brown-eyed girls, to make them feel better." While I was pleased with the novel overall by the finale (I won't give anything more away), I was disappointed that neither Rachel nor Dex -- prominently featured in SOMETHING BORROWED -- barely made appearances in SOMETHING BLUE. However, I appreciate that Giffin took a chance and wrote the novel from a different perspective than the original. Kudos to her for that and for dispelling my belief that her novels were cheesy chick lit. The characters are well-defined and not stereotypical. By the end of SOMETHING BLUE, my eyes were watering.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Truly enjoyed

    Half of the book i was aggravated with darcy but still intrigued to find out how her life would turn out. Her character drove me crazy... Eventually picked up, and she got better and i loved it! Couldnt put it down. If you enjoyed something borrowed then this is a must read to follow up!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Great

    Onece yoir done you need to read the sequal! To tell you the truth but them together!

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2010

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    Loved!

    I loved this book! Read it immediately after I read Something Borrowed! Emily Giffin is a great author!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Good read!

    I am not the romance type but this cought my attention!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    Eh - it'll do for chick lit.

    I'll admit I'm not really a huge chick-lit fan. Even less so for those set in NYC and/or The Hamptons, where everyone is in their late 20's or early 30's and somehow has enough wealth (and no depth of character) to buy all the top designer labels, live in the poshest of neighborhoods, and go out to the hippest bars nearly every night. Come on! But, if you've got an itch for some fluff reading, this will do.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Half-assed, at best

    Griffin did too well a job of making Darcy the extremely unlikable - albeit well-dressed - villain in "Something Borrowed." She did such a good job, in fact, that creating a sequel in which Darcy reassesses and recreates herself in order to be a better person posed something of an enormous challenge. But as it turns out, it was no challenge at all. Though Darcy's story could potentially be one of self-discovery and love, it is written in such a shallow, unoriginal, and simple fashion that there literally is no way the reader is able to understand why Darcy acts the way she does. Once again, Griffin passes up on the opportunity to really flesh out her characters and presents instead a flat, mediocre story that has an all too-perfect ending.

    The good: It was a quick read.

    The bad: Everything about this story was too easy, unbelievably so. If you want a story with even the slightest bit of substance, then reach for something else because the "Something -" series does not provide any.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

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    Predictable

    I was excited to read this sequel but slightly disappointed in the end result. I hated hearing the viewpoint from the main character as she was the antagonist in the previous book. I do applaud the author for writing from two different view points and doing it well. My complaint was that the character was so unlikeable and it was unrealistic that she would change as much as she did in the course of the book. I kept looking to hear more from Rachel from the first book and was left wanting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Something Blue

    I loved the first book Something Borrowed with Rachel's point of view that I had to read the second one with Darcy's point of view on things. It is a really great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Athena

    I just dont know how to help. Im really stressed out and i just cant help sorry. *walks out*

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    Posted August 4, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Ummm adam?

    Go to finaly together result 2 for my bio

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    GARAGE

    Police cars for everyone!

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