Something Black and Blue

Currently on Loan from the Library:

13 ½  by Nevada Barr
Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
Something Blue by Emily Giffin
Hunter’s Moon by Dana Stabenow
A Fine And Bitter Snow by Dana Stabenow
Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner

Other Books I’m Reading:

The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough

Here’s the scoop on Something Blue.  Emily Giffin knows how to commit to a character.  Something Borrowed, the previous book, was written in Rachel’s voice.  Good girl Rachel the lawyer who ends up having an affair with her best friend’s fiance.  Something Blue is written in Darcy’s voice.   Darcy the toxic, cheating, bridezilla, who was having even more affairs on her fiance than he was on her.  Some authors faced with writing a book from Darcy’s point of view would go for the spin.  Allowing the character to endlessly justify their actions.  Still other authors would try and convince us that yes, Darcy is bad, but it’s not her fault.  She’s was raised that way, or had been so abused she had no choice, or had some sort of medical imbalance.  Giffin does none of these things, and for that I salute her.   

Darcy is just a horrible person.  The sort of person who admits to herself what she’s doing is wrong, and does it anyway.  Darcy spends the first third of the book snitting about her ex-fiance Dex, and being a shrew to Marcus, the new man in her life.  She’s pregnant with Marcus’ child, but can’t stop obsessing about the affair Dex had on her and when it started.  Even though she admits cheating on Dex twice before Marcus.  Finally Marcus gets tired of dealing with the evil witch in his apartment, and throws her out.  Which leads Darcy to try and get back together with Dex by claiming the child is his.  Dex doesn’t by it.   Plus he’s happy with Rachel.  So Darcy is on her own.

Which leads to the second third of the book, in which Darcy, incapable of living without being worshiped for two seconds together, decamps to England and the home Ethan, yet another childhood friend.  She secretly plans to stay with Ethan until she finds her new vision of Mr. Right.  Rich, successful, preferably with a title, British, and adorning.  This doesn’t keep her from lying to Ethan, or spending all her money on a very expensive, none maternity wardrobe.  All the nonsense she puts Ethan through, eventually leads to a fight.  After which Darcy vows to be a better person.  

And so we embark upon the fairy tale, third of the book.  Darcy decides to change, and does.  Mostly because she’s found out she’s having twin boys, not the single girl she was expecting, and panics.  Sort of scared straight by impending motherhood.  She finds Mr. Right.  But he turns out to be not Mr. Right, and besides she’s fallen for Ethan.  Ethan likes the new Darcy, and falls in love with her.  She has the boys and names them John and Thomas.  Which made me giggle like a little girl.  Darcy and Rachel sort of more or less reconcile, and we find out that Dex and Rachel got married a mere eight months after his split with Darcy.  

Wait.  Stop for the count.  In nine months Darcy has gone through Dex, Marcus, Dex again, Mr. Right and then Ethan.  Girl moves fast.


Enjoyability:   I really didn’t like this book.  It felt like it took me forever to read.  Although this one was better then Something Borrowed.  So it gets two and a half stars.  One for getting published.  One for having a plot.  And a half for commitment to character.  Almost.  

Where to read this book: Inside a dog.  

Further reading: I’m moving on to some mysteries.  Reading Something Blue has left me longing for a body count.    

P.S.  The movie version of Something Borrowed has reviewed so badly, I doubt I’ll ever get to it even on Netflix.  See, somebody at Warner Brothers should have read the book first.  Would have saved a lot of trouble. 


Posted on May 12, 2011, in Fiction, review. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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