Something Blue: A Novel

Something Blue: A Novel

by Emily Giffin

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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.

Emily Giffin's 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429904629
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 11,330
File size: 458 KB

About the Author

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 several New York Times bestselling novels, including Something Borrowed, she now lives in Atlanta with her husband and three young children.
Emily Giffin is the author of Something Borrowed, her smash-hit debut novel that was made into a major motion picture. She is also the author of Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You’re With, and Heart of the Matter. 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. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and 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

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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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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Slightly better than the first book. Still slightly less entertaining than a root canal.
Librarian52 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite chick lit books!
taramatchi on LibraryThing More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.