Saturday, May 14, 2011

Guest Review From Jade: Something Blue

Introducing Jade from Sort of Beautiful.  I don't know how I found Jade's blog but I absolutely love it. The name was inspired by Twilight's New Moon and it focuses on books with "other facets of entertainment sprinkled in."  Click here to find out more about Sort of Beautiful.  I personally enjoy Jade's review very much.

This is post is a new experience for us both.  This is my first guest blogger and this is her first guest post.  Please join me in welcoming Jade.  Thanks Jade for sharing this wonderful book review :)

**QUICK WARNING: If you haven't read Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin, I wouldn't read the Synopsis or the Review unless you don't mind spoilers.**

Something Blue by Emily Giffin
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Chick-Lit
Pages: 368
Sequel to Something Borrowed | Review to Something Borrowed

Synopsis (typed exactly from the back of the book):
Darcy Rhone has always been able to rely on a few things: her beauty and charm.  Her fiancĂ© Dex.  Her lifelong best friend Rachel.  She never needed anything else.  Or so she thinks until Dex calls off their dream wedding and she uncovers the ultimate betrayal.  Blaming everyone but herself, Darcy flees to London and attempt to recreate her glamorous life on a new continent.  But to her dismay, she discovers that her tried-and-true tricks no longer apply-and that her luck has finally expired.  It is only then that she can begin her journey toward redemption, forgiveness, and true love.
Jade's Rating: 

Jade's Thoughts:

I didn’t think that I would enjoy a book with Darcy as the main character since she was such a wench in Something Borrowed.  But I found that even though I wasn’t a fan of Darcy, I still really enjoyed this book and couldn’t put it down.  Giffin is a great writer who has mastered the art of drawing you into a novel.
Darcy is one of the most selfish, self-absorbed characters I’ve ever read about, but it was interesting to get into her head and see how she justified her misdeeds.  And true to the Darcy we all met in Something Borrowed, she thinks only of herself, is only concerned about image, and doesn’t really think things through.  I didn’t think I could be anymore infuriated with her than I was in Something Borrowed, but she takes delusional to a whole other level in this book.
Since her life is falling apart, and the father of her baby has made it clear that he wants nothing to do with her, Darcy flees to London to rebuild her life better and more glamorous than the one she had in New York.  She bamboozles Ethan into letting her stay with him and proceeds to shop her life away.  When she confronts Ethan about everything that went down with Rachel she gets a rude awakening from her childhood friend.
I will say that even by the end of this book I still didn’t really like Darcy as a person.  I think her past transgressions were just too great for me.  But I did finish the book having a little bit of respect for her.  Once she feels the first kick from her unborn child and gets a reality check from Ethan, she has an epiphany.  She starts putting her life back together, vowing to become a better person who thinks of others and not just herself.
I still love Ethan.  He is just a genuinely great guy who is willing to give others the benefit of the doubt.  He’s kind, creative, and sweet.  But he is also strong and firm.  I must say I hated that him and Darcy ended up together but I saw it coming the whole time.  I felt he deserved so much better and would have even been okay with him ending up with Rachel.  I just don’t like Darcy for him.
Overall the book was a good read.  I like Darcy’s growth as a person, and her becoming a mother.  I think that grounded her in a way nothing else could.  I love Ethan, and I really love that you find out what happens with Dex and Rachel.  If you’ve read Something Borrowed, then the follow up Something Blue is a must read. 
This is definitely a book that is hard to pick up because the author created an unlikeable character in the previous book.  Have you read Something Blue?  How did you like it?  Was Darcy redeemed in your eyes? What do you think of the author's strategy in doing this?  I know personally I was very skeptical that I would like it.  So instead of buying the book, I went to B&N every night and read it from 10pm to closing.  Like Jade, I was pleasantly surprised.  

Thanks again Jade!  I really appreciate you : )
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