Something Blue

Something Blue

by Emily Giffin

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ISBN-13: 9780312548070
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 87,887
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Emily Giffin is the author of several New York Times bestselling novels, including Something Borrowed, which has been adapted as a major motion picture. A graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law, she lives in Atlanta with her family.

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Prologue

I was born beautiful. A c-section baby, I started life out right by avoiding the misshapen head and battle scars that come with being forced through a birth canal. Instead I emerged with a dainty nose, bow-shaped lips and distinctive eyebrows. I had just the right amount of fuzz covering my crown in exactly the right places, promising a fine crop of hair and an exceptional hairline.

Sure enough, my hair grew in thick and silky, the color of coffee beans. Every morning I would sit cooperatively while my mother wrapped my hair around fat, hot rollers or twisted it into intricate braids. When I went to nursery school, the other little girls—many with unsightly bowl-cuts—clamored to put their mat near mine during nap time, their fingers darting over to touch my ponytail. They happily shared their Play-Doh or surrendered their turn on the slide. Anything to be my friend. It was then that I discovered there is a pecking order in life, and appearances play a role in that hierarchy. In other words, I understood at the tender age of three that with beauty comes perks and power.

This lesson was only reinforced as I grew older and continued my reign as the prettiest girl in increasingly larger pools of competition. The cream of the crop in junior high and then high school. But unlike the characters in my favorite John Hughes films, my popularity and beauty never made me mean. I ruled as a benevolent dictator, playing watchdog over other popular girls who tried to abuse their power. I defied cliques, remaining true to my brainy best friend Rachel. I was popular enough to make my own rules.

Of course I had my moments of uncertainty. I remember one such occasion in the sixth grade when Rachel and I were playing “psychiatrist,” one of our favorite games. I'd usually play the role of patient, saying things like, “I am so scared of spiders, doctor, that I can't leave my house all summer long.”

“Well,” Rachel would respond, pushing her glasses up on the bridge of her nose and scribbling notes on a tablet, “I recommend that you watch Charlotte's Web . . . . Or move to Siberia where there are no spiders. And take these.” She'd hand me two Flintstones vitamins and nod encouragingly.

That was the way it usually went. But on this particular afternoon, Rachel suggested that instead of being a pretend patient, I should be myself, come up with a problem of my own. So I thought of how my little brother Jeremy hogged the dinner conversation every night, spouting off original knock-knock jokes and obscure animal kingdom facts. I confided that my parents seemed to favor Jeremy—or at least they listened to him more than they listened to me.

Rachel cleared her throat, thought for a second, and then shared some theory about how little boys are encouraged to be smart and funny while little girls are praised for being cute. She called this a “dangerous trap” for girls and said it can lead to “empty women.”

“Where'd you hear that ?” I asked her, wondering exactly what she meant by “empty.”

“Nowhere. It's just what I think,” Rachel said, proving that she was in no danger of falling into the pretty-little-girl trap. In fact, her theory applied perfectly to us. I was the beautiful one with average grades, Rachel was the smart one with average looks. I suddenly felt a surge of envy, wishing that I, too, were full of big ideas and important words.

But I quickly assessed the haphazard wave in Rachel's mousy brown hair and reassured myself that I had been dealt a good hand. I couldn't find countries like Pakistan or Peru on a map or convert fractions into percentages, but my beauty was going to catapult me into a world of Jaguars and big houses and dinners with three forks to the left of my bone china plate. All I had to do was marry well, as my mother had. She was no genius and hadn't finished more than three semesters at a community college, but her pretty face, petite frame and impeccable taste had won over my smart father, a dentist, and now she had the good life. I thought her life was an excellent blueprint for my own.

So I cruised through my teenage years and entered Indiana University with a “just get by” mentality. I pledged the best sorority, dated the hottest guys, and was featured in the Hoosier Dream Girls calendar four years straight. After graduating with a 2.9, I followed Rachel, who was still my best friend, to New York City where she was attending law school. While she slogged it out in the library and then went to work for a big firm, I continued my pursuit of glamour and good times, quickly learning that the finer things were even finer in Manhattan. I discovered the city's hippest clubs, best restaurants, and most eligible men. And I still had the best hair in town.

Throughout our twenties, as Rachel and I continued along our different paths, she would often pose the judgmental question, “Aren't you worried about karma?” (Incidentally, she first mentioned karma in junior high after I had cheated on a math test. I remember trying to decipher the word's meaning using the song Karma Chameleon which, of course, didn't work). Later, I understood her point—that hard work, honesty and integrity always paid off in the end—while skating by on your looks was somehow an offense. And like that day playing psychiatrist, I occasionally worried that she was right.

But I told myself that I didn't have to be a nose-at-the-grindstone, soup-kitchen volunteer to have good karma. I might not have followed a traditional route to success, but I had earned my glamorous PR job, my fabulous crowd of friends, and my amazing fiancé Dex Thaler. I deserved my apartment with a terrace on Central Park West and the substantial, colorless diamond on my left hand.

That was back in the days when I thought I had it all figured out. I just didn't understand why people, particularly Rachel, insisted on making things so much more difficult than they had to be. She may have followed all the rules, but there she was, single and thirty, pulling all-nighters at a law firm she despised. Meanwhile, I was the happy one, just as I had been throughout our whole childhood. I remember trying to coach her, telling her to inject a little fun into her glum, disciplined life. I would say things like, “For starters, you should give your bland shoes to Goodwill and buy a few pairs of Blahniks. You'll feel better, for sure.”

I know now how shallow that sounds. I realize that I made everything about appearances. But at the time, I honestly didn't think I was hurting anyone, not even myself. I didn't think much at all, in fact. Yes, I was gorgeous and lucky-in-love, but I truly believed that I was also a decent person who deserved her good fortune. And I saw no reason why the rest of my life should be any less charmed than my first three decades.

Then, something happened that made me question everything I thought I knew about the world: Rachel, my plain, do-gooding maid of honor with frizzy hair the color of wheat germ, swooped in and stole my fiancé.

Copyright © 2005 by Emily Giffin.

Reading Group Guide

1. Many readers of Something Borrowed expressed doubts at being able to read and enjoy a book from Darcy's point of view. Were you reluctant to read her story? Did your feelings about her ever change? If so, at what point in the story?

2. What do you view as Darcy's greatest weakness? Could this also be considered her greatest strength? If so, how?

3. What do you think caused Darcy's breakup with Marcus? Do you think Marcus was more or less responsible for it than Darcy?

4. In many ways this is a story about personal growth and transformation. Do you think people can fundamentally change? How difficult did it seem for Darcy to change? What role did Ethan play in those changes? What role did her pregnancy play?

5. What do you think would have become of Darcy if she had not become pregnant? If she hadn't gone to London? What are some of the key differences in living life in London as opposed to New York? Do you think some of these differences helped Darcy evolve?

6. How do you think Darcy's relationship with her mother played a role in the person she was?

7. In what ways are Dex, Marcus, and Ethan different? In what ways are they similar? Do you think their similarities are true of men in general?

8. Where do you see Darcy and Rachel in five years? Ten? If you were Darcy, would you have been able to forgive Rachel? Would you have invited her to your wedding?

9. Do you feel there is a line that can be crossed in friendship, where forgiveness isn't possible?

10. What are your views regarding the closing sentences of the book: "Love and friendship. They are what make us who we are, and what can change us, if we let them."?

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Something Blue 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2216 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
Sosweet487 More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!
Christine McCormick More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not the romance type but this cought my attention!
expecting_much More than 1 year ago
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.
eak321 More than 1 year ago
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.
julieannwrites More than 1 year ago
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.
BLovey More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Read it immediately after I read Something Borrowed! Emily Giffin is a great author!
Katymelrose on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I listened to this on audiobook. I did not read/listen to Something Borrowed, so this was my first introduction to these characters. When I could remember not to hate Darcy, I found her extreme lack of self-awareness hysterical. I definitely had some points where I had to remind myself she could be funny if not taken too seriously though.Overall, it was a great car book - it wasn't so involved I problems paying attention to the road, but made a long trip enjoyable.
redpandabear on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Surprisingly I liked this book better than it's predecessor, "Something Borrowed." It was truly heartwarming seeing Darcy's character evolve. I have to admit, I got a little teary toward the end. Maybe it's because her character was that atrocious to begin with. Compared with the first book, Rachel's evolution wasn't as drastic. She was pretty annoying in the beginning, making me really appreciate how much she changed by the end. The book wasn't incredibly original, but it moved at a good pace. Quick, fun read!
ceh0017 on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I actually read this one before I read Something Borrowed and ended up liking the way it read that way better. I liked Something Blue better than Something Borrowed because it seemed to have a little more depth to the story line since the characters have already been developed.
bookczuk on LibraryThing 6 months ago
A novel about a spoiled, selfish, ego-centric, self-absorbed, shallow 29 year old, who grows up. I expect it's the continuation, but from a different POV from "Something Borrowed", by the same author , though I've not read that nor seen the movie. I think the main reason I got through this is it was an audio-book and I was held captive in the car. Darcy is much luckier than she deserved.
theepicrat on LibraryThing 6 months ago
After something borrowed , Darcy does not come out on top ¿ and I cannot say that I was terribly fond of Darcy to start with, but that did not mean I thought she deserved what Rachel and Dex did in spite of her. I wondered how something blue would redeem Darcy ¿ and if her friendship with Rachel can ever be salvaged.something borrowed focuses on the good girl who gets her happy ending after unhappily following the rules, but something blue is about a girl who loses her charmed life and has to mend her ways. Both make for a good story, but surprisingly I felt that Darcy¿s story ends up as the stronger of the two. Sure, Rachel had to wrestle with deciding between best friend and soulmate ¿ but Darcy had to wrestle with herself and how her glamorous life ended up being so far from perfect. I think that was the more important journey ¿ and the one that ends more satisfactory.In something blue , you can see how clueless Darcy was about her thoughtless ways. Not an excuse, but it definitely helps to realize that Darcy is not a deliberately evil person with no soul or heart. She is simply a woman who is used to having her way, used to be the most beautiful, used to being desired ¿ but desperately still wanting someone to love her truly.I am not sure if I approve of the man she ends up with ¿ but it is more that I never imagined that they would end up together after all this time. However, he seems good for her ¿ someone to steady her on the right course in life and call her out on any bullshit. I think that is all anyone should expect from a life partner!I am glad that Emily Giffin chose to continue the Darcy¿s story with something blue ¿ and it was done in a tasteful but honest manner. There is a heart behind the misguided exterior of Darcy Rhone, and once set on the right path, she will surprise and win over the people who ought to matter in her life.
ktwamba on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I surprised myself by liking this book better than Something Borrowed. This book continues the plot from Something Borrowed, but from a different point of view. Darcy, the main character in Something Blue, was an extremely unlikeable character in Something Borrowed. But she redeems herself in this book, and I was pleased with the way the author tied up many of the loose ends that left me frustrated at the end of Something Borrowed. This book fulfilled my expectations to be a silly and fun, easy summer read.
sva7 on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Slightly better than the first book. Still slightly less entertaining than a root canal.
Librarian52 on LibraryThing 6 months ago
One of my favorite chick lit books!
taramatchi on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I liked hearing Darcy's side, but it was harder to get into than Something Borrowed. I am glad she redeemed herself in the end, but I have to say I liked Rachel better as a main character.
l-mo on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Darcy Rhone is one of the most unlikable chick lit characters ever. That is, until the halfway point of the book when she turns her life around to become essentially the main character of every other chick lit novel. I kind of wished that the ending would have been a little different as the book started differently from the other books in this genre. It became a bit too predictable, but it was still a fun read overall.
koratheexplora on LibraryThing 6 months ago
How can an author make you hate a character in one book and love the same character in the next book? I don't know but Emily Giffin does! I hated Darcy in the first book, but I fell in love in this one!
bribre01 on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Even though I didn't like Darcy at all in the first book, Something Blue ended up being my favorite of the two books. It was a great read!
rachelann on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Great book! Nice easy reading. It started out a little slow, but once it got going it was tough to put down. Just a nice, easy read for a winter day. It was fairly predictable, but still had some nice surprises.
jdy on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Another great book by Emily Giffin. When I first started reading, I wasn't so sure that I'd want to know Darcy's side after being so "in" to Rachel's story in Something Borrowed. But, in the end, I loved this book just as much as the previous one. Another great job by Giffin. Well done.
eurp on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I really like Emily Giffin's books, but I hated this. Being a sequel of 'Something borrowed', I expected a lot more. 'Something Blue' talked about Darcy and her life after Rachel and Dex, but I couldn't quite get into the book. I believe that this book meant for Darcy to redeem herself in the end, but I don't feel that . I don't feel that she has matured much, and in my (very humble) opinion, I don't believe she deserves Ethan. I think for me, 'Something Blue' would have received a better review from me if Darcy did not end up with Ethan in the end. Her worst book to date, I believe. It's a good thing I only read this after I finished her other 3 books, otherwise I might be put off for life.