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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2006
...And if you didn't run out and purchase both of these amazing books!! I thoroughly enjoyed Emily Giffin's debut novel `SOMEHTING BORROWED' where Rachel, who always played second fiddle to her beautiful, outgoing (self-centered & narcissistic) best friend Darcy Rhone, happened to find the love of her life in Darcy's fiancé. Giffin took this taboo subject and put a witty and engrossing spin on it without making light of the situation. However, I only gave that book four stars because of what I felt were loose ends. I wanted to know what happened to Darcy after she found out about her best-friend and fiancés betrayal as well as how the secondary characters reacted to the news. Well, I had no idea that Giffin intended to do one better than just tying up a few loose ends with an extra chapter or two at the end of `SOMETHING BORROWED'. Instead she gave fans of the first book this gem of a novel that picked up perfectly where the other left off.
`SOMETHING BLUE' begins right after Darcy discovers Rachel and Dex's affair and although she too has had an affair and now finds herself pregnant as a result, she is determined to make the lives of everyone who she feels had wronged her miserable. As one of the other reviewers stated Giffin does not change the character of Darcy a bit, she is still as self-centered and narcissistic as ever, however, now she has another life to worry about, yet cant seem to quite get that through her head. But when she decides to move to London with long time friend Ethan she is forced to take a closer look at the person she is and determine what kind of person and mother she wants to become.
Giffin really outdid herself with `SOMETHING BLUE', which stands to make `SOMTHIGN BORROWED' even better. I highly recommend buying both of these wonderful books together and reading them back-to-back, you will not be disappointed! A great second novel by a very talented and creative new author!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2006
I was given this book as a present and expected it to be another 'chick lit' novel, but it is far more interesting than that! The characters are believable and as the book continued I found myself routing for the best outcome for Darcy. I liked it so much, I have started to read this author's first novel, 'Something Borrowed' which concentrates on the Rachel and Dex relationship.
The only negative would be the final couple of chapters which start to become a little predcitable, but otherwise it was a book I couldn't put down and read in a couple of days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I think this is even better than the first book called something borrowed and i loved that one too! I would not have imagined i would like a book about this character more but it was very well written and seemed to pace well. I found it a page turner and very heartwarming.
About a girl who is down on her luck, only herself to blame and learning a few lessons. Cleverly written.
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on 31 July 2007
`Something Blue' is fantastic! As we all know, sequels are generally pretty lame, but not this one. `Something Blue' picks up where Something Borrowed leaves off, and through the fabulous, witty writing of Emily Giffin, we get to again enjoy the lives of these vivid characters.

As it begins, we are re-introduced to Darcy, the self-absorbed, spoiled rotten, manipulative friend of Rachel's, who is also Dex's ex-fiancé. Initially I thought, "How am I going to make it through this book listening to her tinny whining?" But Emily Giffin's shining narrative moves so seamlessly, you suddenly realize after reading for a few hours that you're halfway through the book. The story line impeccably flows to all the right places, and I was amazed by how fresh it was. Giffin gives Rachel relatively little voice in this book, and I think Giffin was brilliant in writing her first novel from one person's perspective and the second from the other's, because NOW we have the full story- one from each side. None of the writing seems hackneyed or old; it is all very inventive and original. Not giving a thing away, Darcy's character does change into something more appealing, and even though the story might not go where you think it is going to go, there is a wonderful ending, packaged in a big box with a beautiful bow. Emily Giffin really is asserting herself as a dynamic new writer of "chick-lit" and someone to be reckoned with.
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on 22 August 2011
Darcy, the heroine in this book is the kind of girl I really wanted to be when I was a teenager. In highschool she used her socialskill to collect many interesting friends and experienced many wonderful moments. As an adult she still felt that her highschool period was the best time in her life.

When she discovered her perfect former boyfriend Dexter was in love with her best friend, a girl with an ordinary image according to her mother, she was outrages. Later she found out that all her expensive and fashionable dresses could not help her to attract the guy she was in love with or the guy who could match her high standard. She was destructive for a while. A necessary experience for Darcy to push herself to search who she really was and what she wanted to get out of her limited life.

After I read Something borrowed, I had a lot of reservations about Darcy. In Something blue Darcy went through a transition from a copy of her mother to a self-reliant modern young woman. The transition is predictable, but the experience is unique. The main character is very complex and the people around her also have their own characteristic features.
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on 8 March 2014
I first read Something Borrowed years ago and remember thinking how much I liked the book, although I found Rachel's character a bit of a pushover and Darcy as a selfish cow. I recently re-read SB and I found myself still enjoying the book, but more curious about Something Blue. I had never actually been able to finish the book. Reading it now, in my 30s, I now have much more appreciation for Something Blue, even thinking it surpasses Something Borrowed. First of all, as much as you want to hate Darcy's character, she is so much more typical and likeable than Rachel's good girl, always do the right thing, moaning and feeling scared character. Darcy is a go getter. She may be conceited and selfish, but she also has traits that we all share - insecurity and fear. You get to really understand her character in this book and I really fell in love with her. Her choices weren't always great, but she is tough and the changes she experiences are realistic in that the person we are in our 20s is not necessarily who we become in our 30s or 40s. Having lived in London made me love the book even more! I can't recommend it enough. :).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2011
I read this book after watching the movie "Something Borrowed".

The book picks up where the movie finishes and comes from Darcy's point of view. I found it very interesting and worth reading. I sped through the book and read it within a few days.

Although it was slightly predictable I still enjoyed reading it.

Recommended to anyone who watched and enjoyed the movie.
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on 9 October 2007
I absolutely adored this book. If you have read "Something Borrowed", this book is a must. It's almost like a continuation of the story.

At the beginning, I really disliked the book. I found it a bit dull and I simply cannot relate so somebody so selfish and arrogant as Darcy. But I kept with it and as I moved on, I found my heart warming to Darcy. I understood her motives and I really enjoyed reading the 'other side of the story'. (In comparison to "Something Borrowed".

Do buy this book-it made me laugh, cry and it's just a nice, fun book to cuddle up with :)
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VINE VOICEon 21 December 2007
The follow up to 'Something Borrowed', I found 'Something Blue' just as amusing and easy to read. EG has a sweet, bouncy writing style that's easy on the brain (so to speak) and her characters are whole and entertaining.
Continuing the story of a (not so) spoilt Darcy following her break up from Dex and the revelation of him bonking her best mate, Rachel, this is a coming-of-age tale where Darcy relocates to London to continue her pregnancy, reassess her life and, of course, fall madly in love!
Great fun, this novel fizzes with life, an excellent light read...
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on 17 May 2012
I had seen the movie of something borrowed and though I cringed quite a bit, I liked the story.
I'd heard that Emily Giffin was a really good writer and I wanted to sample that.

The beginning of the book has quite a lot of story line from 'Something borrowed.' Whilst I understand why this was done I found it quite a tedious read. However as soon as the story got going I couldn't put it down.
Emily Giffin is a great writer and I will be on the look out for more.
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