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Something Blue: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Ann Hood
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

College friends Lucy and Katherine reunite as adults—and build a new friendship as changed women

Katherine shows up at Lucy’s Manhattan doorstep having run away from the marriage altar. Lucy isn’t thrilled to see her former sorority sister—her own life as a children’s book illustrator is complicated enough, especially as she may be falling out of love with her boyfriend. Along with Lucy’s oddball best friend, Julia, the women tackle the complicated challenge of being young, lost, and in search of life in New York City.

Something Blue 
is a heartfelt but never sentimental modern classic, capturing three women on the verge of the future, still figuring out the past, and trying to solve the present all at once. A novel that addresses friendship, ambition, and love head on, Something Blue and its three heroines head in surprising directions in their search for meaning.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 609 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (28 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HQ736NS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Something Blue... 6 Mar. 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book follows the lives of Lucy, Katherine, and Julia, as they try to figure out what they want from life and how to get it. Lucy has been with Jasper for years but isn’t very happy, Katherine is about to get married but isn’t very happy, and Julia lives her life through lies and, you’ve guessed it, isn’t very happy - in fact you could say they all feel blue. We watch the three girls as they try to get along with each other and stumble through life, on a road towards happiness.

Lucy and Katherine were friends in college but haven’t really spoken in years which is why I found it so weird that Katherine would turn up on her doorstep. That being said, I can understand why she wants to try and go back to a time when she was happy and that was when Lucy was still in her life. Lucy, however, has moved on and become best friends with Julia, wanting to leave her past strictly in the past. She’s not happy with the person that she was then but, then again, she doesn’t appear to be happy with the person that she is now. She feels like she’s stuck in a rut; she isn’t happy with her boyfriend or her job.

All three characters find it hard to adjust after Katherine turns up; Katherine finds it hard to accept that Lucy has changed and they’re not the close friends they once were, she also finds it hard to be around Lucy and Julia because it reminds her of what she and Lucy once had – friendship. Julia finds it hard because she doesn’t really like Katherine and there are moments when she nearly reveals her lies. Finally, Lucy finds it hard because she is constantly reminded of the past she’d rather forget thanks to Katherine’s appearance.

I don’t really know what to say about this story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable book to read. 5 May 2014
By Grace
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the story of three young women who are yet to settle happily on their path in life. Their circumstances are all entirely different and yet there are similarities. None of them are really happy and all have different ideas of what will get them there ... but is the grass really greener on the other side? That's what we find out.
A very enjoyable contemporary read ... I was surprised how quickly I got to the end! Recommend.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite dispiriting 25 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Three young women living as friends in New York. Each of them wants something that they can't have - a more exciting life, a career, a fantasy come true. During the course of this book all three of them come closer to getting what they want but for none of them is it as straightforward as they thought.

There was something quite dismal about this book. Some of it was about how none of the characters really thought a lot about other people - what Katherine does in running away from her wedding is very destructive and cruel to others even though remaining there may have been cruel to herself. Julia makes up fantasies and lies all the time to men who she picks up for one night stands. All of them are unhappy most of the time.

I think that the message is that if you are true to yourself that you will find your way to what you want. The way there, however, is quite depressing to read about. I don't think that I would have liked any of these woman had I met them in real life and I found their stories quite dispiriting to read. I am really not sure that any of them were any happier or settled at the end of the book than they were during the story.

Not an uplifting or feel good read. I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book 11 Oct. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was undoubtedly one of the most indulging books I've ever read. I could not stop thinking about the characters, how right or wrong they were. Hood pulls the reader into the lives of the three main characters, makes you CARE what happens to them. While there is not a lot of action there is a lot of emotion and thought put into the lives of these women and the day to day situations, relationships and faulty personality traits they exhibit. I just kept thinking about HBO's "Sex and the City" and the characters therein...this book shares the same type of personality with that show. This is a very good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Many choices to be made 29 Jan. 2014
By Jbarr5 (julie Barrett) - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Something Blue by Ann Hood
This book starts out with Lucy and her boyfriend is Jasper who is trying to hit it big in plays in NYC. They live together and besides Lucy is sketching My Dolly she also does Whirlwind Weekend Tours overseas on weekends.
Katherine in CT was to marry Andy, a doctor but she just can't do it to herself-have to relocate to Boston where they will live and she'll teach, become pregnant and for the rest of her life have dinner parties. She ran away on her wedding day and moves in with Lucy while she finds herself. She's having a blast being a single woman in NYC.
Julia is between jobs, always housesitting for others, in exchange for her to live their lifes, waiting to hit it big in movies. She auditions many times and does part time work, when she can find it. Dates many different types of men and it's steamy to hear what she does with them. She does make jewelry and sells them on the street as a hobby.
I like how each of them has a dream and they follow their heart but there is still a sadness that comes with it. Loved all the places they travel to and the experiences.
I received this book from Net Galley via Open Road Media in exchange for my honest review.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 15 July 2014
By youngest of six - Published on
Good book to read if you don't want to think or analyze.
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Delightful 18 Jun. 2014
By Cathleen Grey - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Since I have not read this author previously, I had no expectations. I found myself enjoying this story about 3 young women in their early 30's. Lucy is in a relationship with Jasper, Julia house/apartment sits and picks up random men, and Katherine finds herself not wanting to marry her fiance and on their wedding day she decides to go to New York. Katherine and Lucy were roommates in college and though did not stay in regular contact with each other, Katherine feels the needs to go to Lucy. Julia and Lucy met when Lucy moved to New York and they became best friends.

This story centers around these 3 women. their emotions, feelings and frustrations. It is a story about young women struggling to find themselves and discover what they want from life. Lucy breaks up with Jasper when she feels confused and is not sure she still loves him. Julia moves on to her next house sitting location and doesn't tell On, her current lover. Katherine leaves her fiance on their wedding day, runs away to New York, she is looking for "something" just not sure what it is.

The story ends with Katherine moving to Boston when she discovers that she really wants to be with Andy. Lucy finally makes it big with her "My Dolly" and she reconnects with Jasper. Julia needs to vacate the apartment she has been house sitting decides to get back with On and leaves for L/A with him when his band gets a gig.

This is an interesting and engaging story to read. There is no real action but the author is such an exceptional writer that her characters are interesting and fun to read. I will be searching out other works by this author and adding them to my TBR list.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a book for someone married already 9 May 2014
By Cindy Goalder - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was more for someone who isn't married or possibly thinking of marriage. These characters had too many issues for my tastes.
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