A few weeks ago, Brett gifted me with a lovely Kindle Fire. Gasp, I know right. For quite some time I was pretty against the e-reader movement, but as time went on I began to see the perks of them. And, then I became an owner of one, and I can’t imagine my life without it. Sigh. I’m actually reading quite a bit more, and it’s especially nice for those spur of the moment book cravings at weird hours when the bookstore isn’t open or I don’t want to leave my bed. I’ve also made the transition to a few e-magazines as well. How can you say no to $1.99 issues? Because I’m reading more, I thought I’d like to do some reviews of the books I’ve been reading and to give you guys some suggestions as well. Also, please give me some recommendations! I’m always looking for new reads.
One of the first books I downloaded to my Kindle was Something Blue by Emily Giffin. It’s actually the sequel to the book (and movie) Something Borrowed.
Darcy and Rachel have been friends forever – that is, until Rachel betrays Darcy in the worst possible manner, by stealing Darcy’s fiancé Dex just before the wedding. Darcy, blind to her own faults, can’t understand why her dear friend would do such a horrible thing to her.
When her luck seems to fail her more and more and no one’s there to help her, Darcy flies away to London to stay with an old friend. There, she has to live with the consequences of her actions, but also face the person she really is.
**Full disclosure, I only saw the movie and didn’t read the first book.
Although I didn’t read the first book, the author gives you a surprisingly good amount of back story to bring you up to speed. At the start of the book, you still really want to hate Darcy. So, I was wondering how Giffin was going to make me think otherwise. However , to no avail, by the middle of the book you find yourself cheering her on. My only slight qualm about this change in character for Darcy, was it felt like it happened in a moment’s notice. She went from complaining about not fitting into the right sizes at Gucci & Prada to wanting to do something like working in an seniors home. It was a bit far-fetched, but nevertheless it fit in well with the story and left me wanting to read more about her new life as a mother. The story is definitely a predictable one, but that’s what makes it such a fun read. There really isn’t any major “I can’t believe that happened” or “Damn, the author really got me” moments in the plot-line, and that’s totally ok.
If you’re a fan of chicklit and easy breezy fiction, this book is definitely a must read. Giffin’s writing is fast paced, and holds your attention throughout with her colorful descriptions and amusing character creations.
Up next: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain