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Something Blue by Emily Giffin




Something Blue is an interesting work, because, though the book is enjoyable, the main character and narrator – Darcy Rhone – is unlikeable. As a woman, she's one of those girls – the ones who give the rest of us a bad reputation. She's shallow, selfish, and conceited, but, at the same time, though, she's not malicious. It's almost as though, as a reader, you're laughing at Darcy rather than with her. While you do not wish her ill will and do hope that she eventually matures and deepens as a person, you're not sympathetic with her plight. After she cheats on her fiance with one of his groomsmen, falling pregnant, and gets dumped, it feels as though Darcy is reaping what she has sown.

She flees to London, escaping her shame and embarrassment. Essentially, she runs away. Begging room and board with a friend for a short
visit, Darcy purposely omits the truth: that she has moved to London and plans to live with her friend and off his generosity indefinitely. Rather than learning her lesson, however, she starts to repeat her same mistakes – dating men who look good on paper; obsessing over trivial, materialistic matters; and blaming everyone except herself for her problems. It's only when her friend, Ethan, confronts her about her situation and personality that Darcy starts to recognize the truth, learning her lessons and changing her course at the last minute. Because of this quick turnaround and the book's neat, happy conclusion, Something Blue is very much a predictable novel, though no less a fun and light-hearted read.

Three out of Five Stars

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