Blue and Beautiful
Emily Giffin. Something Blue. St. Martin’s Griffin (2005). 338 pp.
I really wanted to hate this book. I loved Something Borrowed and while I really wanted to read the sequel, I didn’t want to read 300+ pages from the perspective of the “villain.” After all, she’s the reason that I didn’t feel so bad about wanting the affair to make it.
And yet, this book was so fantastic. The first half was a bit sluggish, more because I really didn’t like the main character than the fact that reading was slow. Giffin starts this one where the last one left off, back-tracking only enough to give Darcy’s account of the previous ending. And then she continues through Darcy, who is at this point pregnant and essentially alone. Her fiance is with her best friend, the father of her baby is more or less a deadbeat, and her parents can’t quite understand how their daughter could fall so far off of the wagon.
The turning point of this book occurs in the place of every great literary happening: London. Darcy travels over the pond with the idea that she’s going to stay a few weeks with her friend Ethan before meeting a handsomely rich business giant (named Alistair) who falls in love with her and vows to care for her and her baby for the rest of his life.
Naturally, as in every good chick-flick, things don’t go entirely her way. But in the process I grew to love Darcy, as I am sure most readers will. She learns exactly how much having a baby changes (hint: everything). And she learns what it means to love, and what it means to forgive. Sometimes it takes leaving everything to understand what really matters, and sometimes it takes leaving everything to start fresh and begin a free and unencumbered life.