Book Review: Something Blue by Emily Giffin

“Although too much time has gone by to miss her, I feel regret that I didn't maintain our friendship. Even if we no longer have much in common, we would have always had the past, which, in some ways, is just as important as the present or future.”

― Emily Giffin, Something Blue

A book that demonstrates how someone with a "perfect existence" may lose it all—and then recover everything—is the latest release from the author of the New York Times bestselling Something Borrowed. It is a book about a woman's unexpected insights on what friendship, love, and the happily-ever-after really mean. It's a book for anybody who has ever questioned whether the one thing you need is really the last thing you desire, even in private.

Synopsis from Goodreads...

Darcy Rhone has always been able to rely on a few things: Her beauty and charm. Her fiance, 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 attempts to re-create 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.

My reaction to this novel...

Okay, so I've read this book, and the plot truly let me down. I can't even put into words how this book made me feel. I truly dislike the author's portrayal of the main character; she is miserable and self-centered, and the fact that her love story involved my favorite character bothers me much. I abhorred it to the core. Darcy doesn't deserve Ethan in the slightest, thus I don't like imagining her with him. I hate Darcy more than any other characters I've encountered while reading books. She's an absolute loser. Darcy, who is selfish, spoiled, and self-centered, is not going to change after conversation with Ethan. It's just impossible. Consequently, it looked ridiculous how rapidly Darcy transforms from being wholly egotistical to a compassionate and caring soon-to-be-mom.

In actuality, I anticipated being captivated with Darcy here, but the opposite really occurred. Perhaps it's because of Ethan. Because of it, I can't fully go on. Marcus and Darcy, in my opinion, truly deserve one another. Darcy should have seen a therapist since her attitude is out of the ordinary and may endanger herself and her baby, leading to postpartum blues. Actually, the book is so petty and boring that I cannot stand it. Reading more was definitely a hassle, but I don't like to put a book down half-read. When I stated in my review of Something Borrowed that I was eager to read Darcy's point of view, I had no idea it would be so awful.  I groaned a lot about the things she complained about and how petty she was in general.

My favorite character, the charming Ethan, didn't make me very pleased too. In the first book (Something Borrowed), he certainly has Darcy sorted out and offers Rachel his version of Darcy as a friend. However, in this book, Darcy turns up at his home, and the two quickly become best friends. Even so, this friendship eventually turns into something else, which I really don't like as much as what I said at the beginning. I got the impression that Ethan and Darcy had fallen into a "love the person with you" mentality, which wasn't at all endearing, adorable, or even a read that I could easily accept. Oh, my! That insanity has to end. I truly want a different tale—one in which Ethan is not entangled with this petty Darcy. I'm not sure whether I want to suggest it to everyone, but if you do decide to read it, be prepared that it may irritate you, as it did me.

My Overall Rating: ⭐✨(1.5/5)

“Love and friendship. They are what make us who we are, and what can change us, if we let them.”

Each of us values both love and friendship. It is quite difficult to control our emotions, especially if they are consuming us. As a result, feelings of love and friendship may transform us since they contribute to some areas of our life that might mold us.

“You can only control your own actions. Not other people’s reactions.”

We are all different from one another in a variety of ways, thus we are not the ones who control other people's feelings. Only ours is within our control. We can try our utmost to fix things, but no matter how hard we try, nothing will ever change, and we will just end up disappointed.


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