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Title: London ngày nắng hạ
Author: Emily Giffin
Publisher: Published May 11th 2012 by Hội Nhà Văn & Nhã Nam (first published June 1st 2005)
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Dù đã rời xa Dexter, Darcy vẫn bàng hoàng khi phát hiện ra mối quan hệ giữa anh và Rachel. Ý nghĩ bị hai người từng là những người quan trọng nhất đời mình phản bội choán lấy mọi suy nghĩ của cô, hút cạn niềm vui sống của cô. Mất một người bạn từ thuở ấu thơ. Mất một người yêu đã gắn bó bên cô suốt bảy năm trời. Những thứ quý giá nhất đang trôi tuột qua cô như những hạt cá Dù đã rời xa Dexter, Darcy vẫn bàng hoàng khi phát hiện ra mối quan hệ giữa anh và Rachel. Ý nghĩ bị hai người từng là những người quan trọng nhất đời mình phản bội choán lấy mọi suy nghĩ của cô, hút cạn niềm vui sống của cô. Mất một người bạn từ thuở ấu thơ. Mất một người yêu đã gắn bó bên cô suốt bảy năm trời. Những thứ quý giá nhất đang trôi tuột qua cô như những hạt cát trôi qua kẽ ngón tay. Thứ duy nhất có lẽ còn lấp lánh trong cuộc sống của cô là cuộc tình với Marcus. Nhưng rồi những mê đắm ban đầu cũng dần tan đi. Chấp chới. Hoang mang... Cô sang London với trái tim đầy thương tổn để tìm lại cuộc sống. Đón đợi cô nơi thành phố già cỗi ấy liệu có phải là người đàn ông và cuộc sống cô vẫn chờ mong?

30 review for London ngày nắng hạ

  1. 4 out of 5

    valee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. After some very funny moments on book one: some huge changes due to meaningful love triangles: And the lost of a very important friendship: we get to Darcy's and Ethan's book and let me just say: OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK! I had already fallen in love with the characters in it after watching the movie based on Something Borrowed, but now I can certainly say that Darcy and Ethan were the real deal. While Rachel and Dex were great, Darcy & Ethan just gave me so much more than what I was looking for. After some very funny moments on book one: some huge changes due to meaningful love triangles: And the lost of a very important friendship: we get to Darcy's and Ethan's book and let me just say: OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK! I had already fallen in love with the characters in it after watching the movie based on Something Borrowed, but now I can certainly say that Darcy and Ethan were the real deal. While Rachel and Dex were great, Darcy & Ethan just gave me so much more than what I was looking for. At the beginning of the book we get a totally immature heroine, just a brat who is used to get everything she has ever wanted and just the way she wants it, not having a care for what happens to others while she achieves what she wants. Of course this kind of behavior brought her some problems eventually. She ended up pregnant with an ex-fiance who left her for her ex-best friend, and a boyfriend who she cheated the ex-fiance with who also leaves her eventually. Not even her parents gave her any support once they found out she was pregnant. Once this happens, she realizes the world she built for herself was totally superficial, shallow and vain and she just doesn't know how to really make things better. Seriously, she has no clue as she doesn't actually comprehend what's wrong on the first place. The only way she found to make things a bit brighter was running away to England to her childhood and only remaining friend, Ethan. Now here is where things start to get interesting. Sigh, I just have no words to describe the amazing relationship they build together. They were just perfect for each other, total opposites but the type that makes you become a better person. I just loved how both changed for the better by living together. Seriously, it was just so good to see their friendship growing and to see how both make important changes in their lives with the advises the other gave. While both of them were romantically involved with others we can see how the affection and feelings between them are always present. This is a book which analyzes feelings, realities of life and life itself. I just LOVED it so much. I guess we needed to see how Darcy was at the beginning to fully comprehend everything it took her to change and become the woman she was always meant to be. Although more than anything I just adored to see how important the support of a real friend can be. I do admit the first half of it was a bit slow. It took me some time to warm with Darcy. I kinda hated her at the beginning. Although that feeling was what made me love her so much at the end, as seeing her being such an ungrateful and spoiled person made possible for me to really appreciate the changes she went through. Really this book was just so sweet and both characters went through so much together, I loved how they were always there for each other. I'm someone who doesn't like chick-lit much and who hates cheesy and corny more than anything but this book is so much better than that, It's realistic and gives us so much to learn. I definitely recommend it. Warning: I do believe necessary to watch the movie (or reading book 1) before reading this book, I know it wouldn't have been the same if I hadn't. watching the movie helped me so much to imagine how the characters would look like while saying and expressing certain things making it much more compelling to me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Okay, so I hated that this book focused on Darcy and not Rachel. I left Something Borrowed really hating that character. 254 pages in, and I still thought she sucked. The plot was fairly predictable--you knew she was seeking redemption in the novel as well as with the reader, and the ending was equally predictable. I loved the focus on Ethan as he was one of my favorite characters from Something Borrowed. I was completely resistant to the movement as I knew where this was going, and I simply did Okay, so I hated that this book focused on Darcy and not Rachel. I left Something Borrowed really hating that character. 254 pages in, and I still thought she sucked. The plot was fairly predictable--you knew she was seeking redemption in the novel as well as with the reader, and the ending was equally predictable. I loved the focus on Ethan as he was one of my favorite characters from Something Borrowed. I was completely resistant to the movement as I knew where this was going, and I simply did not want it to go there. Griffin achieves her goal by making the reader, resistantly, start to at least like Darcy a little more. And, I will willfully admit, I was tearing up during the Epilogue. I'd still like to see a novel that returned the focus to Rachel, but I know why the author went the route she did. It was simply too easy. By making Darcy the very hated but ultimate hero of the second book...Griffin takes a resistant reader and makes her unwilling to put the book down. I finished these two novels in 1.5 days...again, worth a good day at the beach/pool/on the couch.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Something Blue is the follow-up to Something Borrowed. This story is from Darcy's point of view. I loved this book and it is a very quick read. I have to admit I hated Darcy in Something Borrowed and even did at the beginning of Something Blue. I felt that she was finally getting what she deserved when everything started to go down hill for her. Part of me even started to feel sorry for her at her lowest points. What I liked in this book, is that Ethan, her childhood friend, finally pointed out Something Blue is the follow-up to Something Borrowed. This story is from Darcy's point of view. I loved this book and it is a very quick read. I have to admit I hated Darcy in Something Borrowed and even did at the beginning of Something Blue. I felt that she was finally getting what she deserved when everything started to go down hill for her. Part of me even started to feel sorry for her at her lowest points. What I liked in this book, is that Ethan, her childhood friend, finally pointed out to her what type of a person she really is. No one had ever done this to her and his words really hit home. Darcy decided to change herself for the better. This book follows Darcy through her pregnancy and journey to be a better person. I felt proud of her as the book ended to see what she had done with her life and how much she had changed for the better.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Brown

    I was blown away by this book. If you hate the main character when you start reading, don't worry, you're supposed to!!!! But, keep reading because the story is incredible and you will learn to root for Darcy Rhone whether you like it or not! Fantastic read!!! (Be sure to read "Something Borrowed" first or this book will not make as much sense) Spoiler Alert: Some of the other reviews I have read of this book are very cynical regarding Darcy's transformation...however, the reason Darcy transforms I was blown away by this book. If you hate the main character when you start reading, don't worry, you're supposed to!!!! But, keep reading because the story is incredible and you will learn to root for Darcy Rhone whether you like it or not! Fantastic read!!! (Be sure to read "Something Borrowed" first or this book will not make as much sense) Spoiler Alert: Some of the other reviews I have read of this book are very cynical regarding Darcy's transformation...however, the reason Darcy transforms is because she has no other choice! Everyone in Darcy's life had always catered to her every whim because of her physical beauty. She had always gotten exactly what she wanted and never had to think about the consequences of her behavior. However, after everything that takes place in Something Borrowed, in addition to her relationship with Marcus, dismissal of Claire and her mother, she is forced to reevaluate her behavior when Ethan finally sets her straight. She has no one to depend on and Ethan sees through her crap! He forces her to look at life differently and to realize that she was not the victim in everything that happened....he also forces her to realize that she can no longer get away with her shallow behavior....she no longer had everyone wrapped around her little finger and therefore she had to become a new version of herself. Maybe I am just not as cynical as other readers, but I truly believe that this type of transformation is possible given the circumstances of Darcy's story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    2nd half of Rachel and Darcy's story. **SPOILER** - I was disappointed in this book. It was on ok read, but there's no way I believe that selfish, spoiled, self-centered Darcy would change after one wakeup call argument with Ethan. And...Darcy seemed to want Ethan to love her and when that's not enough she needs her Doctor to fall for her, then when he wants her she decided she loved Ethan. Wayyyy too unbelievable. And I wasn't overly happy with sweet Ethan either. He's certainly had Darcy all f 2nd half of Rachel and Darcy's story. **SPOILER** - I was disappointed in this book. It was on ok read, but there's no way I believe that selfish, spoiled, self-centered Darcy would change after one wakeup call argument with Ethan. And...Darcy seemed to want Ethan to love her and when that's not enough she needs her Doctor to fall for her, then when he wants her she decided she loved Ethan. Wayyyy too unbelievable. And I wasn't overly happy with sweet Ethan either. He's certainly had Darcy all figured out and gives Rachel his version of Darcy as a friend in the first bk (Something Borrowed), then Darcy shows up at his doorstep in this bk and they become best pals. That development would have never happened if Darcy hadn't been so needy. Seemed like the only pull selfish Darcy had on Ethan was that he got screwed over by Brandi and missed out on being the dad he thought he was going to be so Darcy's handy and needy and he can be those babies daddy. Felt like Ethan and Darcy settled...a more or less love the one you're with. Also was surprised that Darcy who was supposed to have had this big epiphany that changed her can't make the first step to forgive Rachel and extend the olive branch. It had to be Rachel. Was glad Dex stood strong on his cool towards Darcy. Rachel was just too nice and Darcy a huge bitch. Something Borrowed –bk 1 wasn't neat and tidy but an enjoyable read. A reality but almost like a car wreck you can't help but stop and look at. I was riveted as to how it would all end. Although they felt a little guilt you were left with Rachel and Dex very happy with their outcome and you wanted the best for them. True love the hard way. Something Blue got all tied up in an unbelievable pretty bow. No thanks.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aj the Ravenous Reader

    Premise is way better than the first book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    4.5 stars I didn't like Something Borrowed, so it is sort of surprising to me that I loved it's sequel! Loved it! This book is about Darcy, the self-centered friend from Something Borrowed. One of the main reasons I liked this book better, was that Darcy seemed like more of a real person than Rachael (the main character in S B) did. Darcy had always led a charmed life. She learned young that because she was usually the most beautiful girl in the room, it often afforded her a certain amount of power 4.5 stars I didn't like Something Borrowed, so it is sort of surprising to me that I loved it's sequel! Loved it! This book is about Darcy, the self-centered friend from Something Borrowed. One of the main reasons I liked this book better, was that Darcy seemed like more of a real person than Rachael (the main character in S B) did. Darcy had always led a charmed life. She learned young that because she was usually the most beautiful girl in the room, it often afforded her a certain amount of power over everyone else. However, she always thought that she was fairly benevolent with that power. And, honestly, Darcy was never evil. Self-centered, materialistic, and unthoughtful, yes...but not really cruel. To her, this meant that she deserved all of the good thing that came her way. Why shouldn't she always get what she wanted? So it came as quite a shock to her when she found out that her perfect fiancee had fallen in love with her plain-Jane best friend. Never mind that she was cheating, too. Never mind that she was planning on breaking it off with him, as well. Never mind that she was pregnant by one of the groomsmen. Darcy had always secretly competed with Rachael, but this was the first time she ever lost. And because of her subsequent behavior, she loses everything else. This is a story about someone who has to take a hard look at themselves, and ends up discovering who they really are. More importantly though, who they really want to be. I think almost everyone can relate to this story. No, not everything, obviously, but I think most of us have been like Darcy at one point in our lives. We all think that we're the good guy in our story, until something happens that knocks us down a peg (or two). And once you take a good hard look at what happened to land you in that position, you tend to discover that, well...maybe you weren't such a great person, after all. So, maybe that's why I thought Darcy seemed real. I can relate to that.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

    This is the follow-up to Something Borrowed told from the perspective of the best friend Darcy. In the first book, we meet Darcy and learn that she is the beautiful best friend who has everything handed to her on a silver platter. After her plain-jane best friend, Rachel, steals her perfect fiance in the first book, you feel like Darcy got a good dose of karma. She did, after all, cheat on her fiance too and ended up pregnant while still engaged. I almost didn't want to read this story, simply b This is the follow-up to Something Borrowed told from the perspective of the best friend Darcy. In the first book, we meet Darcy and learn that she is the beautiful best friend who has everything handed to her on a silver platter. After her plain-jane best friend, Rachel, steals her perfect fiance in the first book, you feel like Darcy got a good dose of karma. She did, after all, cheat on her fiance too and ended up pregnant while still engaged. I almost didn't want to read this story, simply because it was from Darcy's perspective. However, I really liked this book much better than the first. I found myself really rooting for her. And you also come to realize that not everything is as it seems for Darcy. She may be the beautiful girl who seems to get everything she wants, but she is extremely self-conscious despite being so judgemental of others. She does learn the error of her ways and really tries to turn her life around, now that she is pregnant and alone for the first time in her life. The ending left me very satisfied and surprisingly, left me crying happy tears for Darcy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    I was looking forward to reading this book. I had just finished an excellent book and was ready to start another. Boy was I in for a shock! This book was bad. It was actually a chore to keep reading, but I hate to leave a book unfinished. My husband was actually hiding the book around the apartment so that I wouldn't have to read any more of it. This book is chick-lit at it's poorest. The main character was flat and the plot was ludicrous. If you want to read some GOOD chick-lit please do yoursel I was looking forward to reading this book. I had just finished an excellent book and was ready to start another. Boy was I in for a shock! This book was bad. It was actually a chore to keep reading, but I hate to leave a book unfinished. My husband was actually hiding the book around the apartment so that I wouldn't have to read any more of it. This book is chick-lit at it's poorest. The main character was flat and the plot was ludicrous. If you want to read some GOOD chick-lit please do yourself the favor of checking out any of Jennifer Weiner's books. "Little Earthquakes" and "Goodnight Nobody" are my two favorites. Don't waste your time on this fluff.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Love Fool

    Emily Giffin did it again! She made me love a character I thought I was going to hate (I actually didn't like Darcy in Something Borrowed but in this book loved her). And, I love how she grew as a decent human being and fell in love (with someone I did not expect... at all). Take my advice, instead of watching a TV show marathon or getting stupid drunk this weekend read these two books (Something Borrowed and Something Blue). You will want to send me flowers as a thank you for my advice (I prefe Emily Giffin did it again! She made me love a character I thought I was going to hate (I actually didn't like Darcy in Something Borrowed but in this book loved her). And, I love how she grew as a decent human being and fell in love (with someone I did not expect... at all). Take my advice, instead of watching a TV show marathon or getting stupid drunk this weekend read these two books (Something Borrowed and Something Blue). You will want to send me flowers as a thank you for my advice (I prefer some colorful flowers, thanks).

  11. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Not as good as "Something Borrowed", but an OK book. It seemed unrealistic how quickly the main character flips from being completely self-centered to a giving and ready mother. The small dramas in "Something Borrowed" were petty and common, but they were also heartbreaking. In this book, the drama is petty and less interesting. For example, Darcy realizes after a hundred pages that she needs to stop drinking cocktails because it could hurt her unborn child. Seriously? It took 5 months into her Not as good as "Something Borrowed", but an OK book. It seemed unrealistic how quickly the main character flips from being completely self-centered to a giving and ready mother. The small dramas in "Something Borrowed" were petty and common, but they were also heartbreaking. In this book, the drama is petty and less interesting. For example, Darcy realizes after a hundred pages that she needs to stop drinking cocktails because it could hurt her unborn child. Seriously? It took 5 months into her pregnancy to figure that out? At its core, "Something Blue" is a redemption story, but I was only really interested when characters from "Something Borrowed" were weaved into the plot.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This series was ADORABLE. I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first one simply because I prefer Rachel over Darcy, but this was still sooooooo cute. Idk when this happened but I suddenly love Chick Lit???????

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tori Hoeschler

    Read with Midol So after reading “Something Borrowed” (and LOVING it in spite of myself), I figured, well now I have to read “Something Blue”. The freakishly obnoxious b*tch from the first book is obviously going to get what’s coming to her in the sequel and frankly, the devil in me is just in the mood to read about it. Unfortunately this is not how “Blue” plays out. To be fair, any book that is published with the chick lit logo is going to have an impossibly perfect, Bridget Jones becomes the pr Read with Midol So after reading “Something Borrowed” (and LOVING it in spite of myself), I figured, well now I have to read “Something Blue”. The freakishly obnoxious b*tch from the first book is obviously going to get what’s coming to her in the sequel and frankly, the devil in me is just in the mood to read about it. Unfortunately this is not how “Blue” plays out. To be fair, any book that is published with the chick lit logo is going to have an impossibly perfect, Bridget Jones becomes the princes bride ending so I should’ve managed my expectations accordingly. But Giffin does such a perfect job of creating the quintessential character everyone loves to hate (Darcy) in the first book, that my cup of loathing runneth over upon starting the second book and no matter how much Darcy grew up, I still wanted her to end up deformed and talking with a keyboard a la Stephen Hawking. But like I said, this is chick lit so obviously this does not happen. Rather, in “Something Blue” we get the rest of the story from Darcy’s perspective, which ends up being one of the more irritating and whiney narratives I have ever read. For 200+ pages the reader is treated to a diatribe of “poor me poor me, I’m Malibu Barbie” only to be followed up with 100+ pages of incredulous poppycock that quite honestly had my eyes rolling into my head so often I’ve memorized the pattern of veins in my lids. Ugh…honestly.

  14. 4 out of 5

    mich

    Wow, I liked this. 3.5 stars I hated Something Borrowed a lot more than I let on in my short review, so no one is more surprised than me at how much I ended up enjoying this book. The Darcy we meet in the beginning of this story is the same manipulative, selfish bitch that we saw in the first book, but I gotta say - there was a certain frankness, an honesty to her narrative (something that I found completely lacking in Rachel’s), and I couldn’t help but be drawn to it. Darcy’s beauty has been the Wow, I liked this. 3.5 stars I hated Something Borrowed a lot more than I let on in my short review, so no one is more surprised than me at how much I ended up enjoying this book. The Darcy we meet in the beginning of this story is the same manipulative, selfish bitch that we saw in the first book, but I gotta say - there was a certain frankness, an honesty to her narrative (something that I found completely lacking in Rachel’s), and I couldn’t help but be drawn to it. Darcy’s beauty has been the source of her confidence ever since she can remember, it shaped her personality and defined who she was. She acknowledges this and is completely unapologetic in her extremely shallow outlook on life. In this book, however, she reaches a point where she is forced to face some hard truths about herself, and in the process, reevaluates everything about her life. The ending was sweet and made me go “awwwww”, but overall, I thought the second half felt too rushed and I had a hard time buying into a big part of it. (view spoiler)[ Darcy’s transformation happened way too fast - I wish more time had spent on this part of it and much less time on the Darcy-Marcus part of the storyline. (hide spoiler)] I would have rounded my rating up had it not been for that.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    I enjoyed this book much better than Something Borrowed. Maybe because I knew of Darcy from Rachels point of view and was anxious to see what she was really like. The story flowed much better than the previous book and there was never a dull moment in this one and the ending was just perfect. A quick easy read. I was able to read this book in two sittings.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    Honestly, I didn't like this one much more than "Something Borrowed", but due to the ending (which I had a hard time believing) I still gave it three stars because I think that the main character in this one (Darcy) was more honest about her crap than her ex-best friend Rachel. I did spend about 60 percent of the book disliking Darcy though. And I still found it farfetched that Darcy would go to England and just push herself on Ethan (introduced in the last book). And when Ethan did his reading Honestly, I didn't like this one much more than "Something Borrowed", but due to the ending (which I had a hard time believing) I still gave it three stars because I think that the main character in this one (Darcy) was more honest about her crap than her ex-best friend Rachel. I did spend about 60 percent of the book disliking Darcy though. And I still found it farfetched that Darcy would go to England and just push herself on Ethan (introduced in the last book). And when Ethan did his reading of receipts to Darcy, the whole thing just fell flat. "Something Blue" was an interesting book. A sequel to "Something Borrowed" the story also goes back some way to find out more about the main character in this one Darcy. In the first book in the series, I thought she was very under developed. And in this one, I thought her obsession with Rachel and Dex was a mess. I got it, but girl, really? After Griffin provides us with even more ammo to have us hate Darcy, I was just over her. She was blind to her issues and I can't see how she got through her life without someone slapping her on a daily basis. When Darcy flees to England to get away from the mess her life is (no spoilers) it really doesn't feel organic to the story. But I liked the England parts better. There, Darcy reconnects with Ethan and in her own messed up way is there to try to drive a wedge between him and her ex best friend Rachel. Why did I give this three stars?? Oh yeah, the story moved to England and I liked how Griffin depicted it. Also we have Darcy growing up a lot in this book. I don't know if I buy she suddenly changed in like two months. And she was still making catty comments to herself about other characters. But I did like that she stopped to realize that she was selfish and took ownership of her relationship with her ex. I also thought that she had a point that Rachel was her best friend and that Darcy would not have done something like that to her. Ethan and others trying to bring up that Darcy stole Dex from Rachel (yeah no) was total crap. I do think that Darcy loved her friends, but she was selfish as the day is long. It doesn't absolve her best friend from sleeping with her fiancee. The writing was okay in this one.I didn't really care for Darcy's voice. When the book fast forwards a few years Darcy's voice is like night and day. That really surprised me. The ending was a surprise, but I don't know it really fit what we know about this character.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎

    So glad that Darcy learned what was important.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    ★★★ The first half of this book is awful! Darcy is one of the most vile characters I have encountered in a book, and she is the heroine. She is self-absorbed, amoral, deceitful and vindictive. She is an all round awful person. She cheated on her fiance, her lover leaves her and her friends have all abandoned her. And that's the first half of the book. At the lowest point in her life and pregnant, she travels to London to stay with a childhood friend and hopefully get her life in order. The second ★★★½ The first half of this book is awful! Darcy is one of the most vile characters I have encountered in a book, and she is the heroine. She is self-absorbed, amoral, deceitful and vindictive. She is an all round awful person. She cheated on her fiance, her lover leaves her and her friends have all abandoned her. And that's the first half of the book. At the lowest point in her life and pregnant, she travels to London to stay with a childhood friend and hopefully get her life in order. The second half of this book is great. It's both satisfying and uplifting. How much did I love the second half? Well I came very close to giving this book 4 stars even though 50% of it was a complete train wreck for me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Eva Nickelson

    So, even though I didn't love Something Borrowed, the ending was so sudden, I felt compelled to finish the story by reading Something Blue. I have to admit that I hate drama queens in real life, and Darcy is all about creating drama in her life. For the first portion of the book, I focused on how, as a character, Darcy was exactly as I remembered her from before. She was obsessed with figuring out how someone could not love her the most, and destructive in her competitiveness. After a very well So, even though I didn't love Something Borrowed, the ending was so sudden, I felt compelled to finish the story by reading Something Blue. I have to admit that I hate drama queens in real life, and Darcy is all about creating drama in her life. For the first portion of the book, I focused on how, as a character, Darcy was exactly as I remembered her from before. She was obsessed with figuring out how someone could not love her the most, and destructive in her competitiveness. After a very well given wake-up call, she starts to change the outward problems, but that doesn't necessarily lead to inward changes as well. Giffin leaves out a chunk of time in Darcy's progression from self-centered competitor to loving mother, and I felt ripped off that I put up with the crappy character only to get short changed on her maturing. I liked it better than Something Borrowed, where I definitely felt more connected to Rachel, but judging it on its own, it was definitely just 2 stars. Now I can say I've read Giffin without having to read any more.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maria Sol

    Este libro me gusto mas que el anterior por la sencilla razón de que Ethan es un AMOR y porque el cambio de Darcy (aunque bastante rapido) se lo merece. La verdad que durante la primera parte este libro fue mas de lo mismo, Darcy siendo Darcy es decir insoportable por lo que no tenia muchas ilusiones puestas, pero a partir de viaje que emprende Darcy, de su encuentro con Ethan y todo lo que el le hace ver, el libro, mejora un monton y eso es lo que me gustó, como Darcy va cambiando, madurando, ce Este libro me gusto mas que el anterior por la sencilla razón de que Ethan es un AMOR y porque el cambio de Darcy (aunque bastante rapido) se lo merece. La verdad que durante la primera parte este libro fue mas de lo mismo, Darcy siendo Darcy es decir insoportable por lo que no tenia muchas ilusiones puestas, pero a partir de viaje que emprende Darcy, de su encuentro con Ethan y todo lo que el le hace ver, el libro, mejora un monton y eso es lo que me gustó, como Darcy va cambiando, madurando, centrandose en lo que importa y dandose la oportunidad de ser algo mas de lo que ya es. Me dio mucha pena como ella fue quedandose sola en un momento tan trascendental, sobre todo como la propia familia la dejó sola y de Marcus ni hablar.....y a su vez me dio alegría que ella pudiera tomar todo lo que Ethan le ofrecio desde que llegó a Londres y aprovecharlo para bien sin dejar de ser Darcy. Y por último en este libro pude ver lo que ya sospechaba desde el libro anterior, que Darcy fue la que mantuvo firme la amistad con Rachel, la que la impulso y por mas que sea obvio que Rachel quiere mucho a Darcy y la extraña, sigo pensando que el alma de esa amistad era Darcy y por eso tanto dolor de su parte. Me gusto el final, se dieron las cosas que me faltaron en el libro de Rachel y fue todo muy dulce. Al final me termine encanriñando con Darcy, jijiji!! Y de Ethan no digo nada mas porque la verdad que es tan perfecto en todo lo que hace que se merece que lo lean, es divino, ahhh me encantó el detalle de los nombre de los gemelos.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Angele Melanson

    I really liked Something Blue!! I would have given it a 4,5 if I had the option. It is the sequel to Something Borrowed, which I truly enjoyed reading as well. I was expecting this sequel be about Darcy and Rachel's relationship but in Darcy's voice. Although their relationship is developed in this book it is not the main focus.       This story focuses more on Darcy's feelings and emotions.  I was ready to hate Darcy because she is so shallow and superficial, but to my surprise I loved her!! Sure I really liked Something Blue!! I would have given it a 4,5 if I had the option. It is the sequel to Something Borrowed, which I truly enjoyed reading as well. I was expecting this sequel be about Darcy and Rachel's relationship but in Darcy's voice. Although their relationship is developed in this book it is not the main focus.       This story focuses more on Darcy's feelings and emotions.  I was ready to hate Darcy because she is so shallow and superficial, but to my surprise I loved her!! Sure, she made me roll my eyes more than once, but as the story goes on, I felt sorry for her and as she matured I began to really love her.  Ethan is more present in this book, which is a good thing because I liked him very much in Something Borrowed and wanted to read more about him. I found myself wanting to know a little bit more of what happens to the other characters from Giffin's first Novel: Rachel, Dex and Marcus. Although, you find out a little bit about them, I was left wanting more. Especially about Rachel, I missed her in this book.    Just when you think that you have the story all figured out, there are a few surprises that you don't see coming, which made this book even more enjoyable. The author wrote the perfect ending for the book. I recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a light, easy read and liked Something borrowed.     

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Darlington

    One of my all time favorites. This and Something Borrowed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Marsh

    As a writer, one of our greatest challenges is to redeem a seemingly unredeemable character. And that's what Emily Griffin does to perfection in this novel. Darcy is an unlikeable character in the first book Something Borrowed and starts off in a similar vein in this book. Which makes it all the sweeter to see her self-awakening. Enjoyed the flow of this one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Steph Su

    At the end of SOMETHING BORROWED, Rachel’s life seemed to be on the upswing, while her ex-best friend Darcy’s was going downhill fast. Darcy was pregnant with Marcus’ baby, while she found out that Dex, her ex-fiancé, had been having an affair with Rachel—that traitor!—for the whole summer. It’s enough to give any girl used to luxury, comfort, and coddling (like Darcy is) a major migraine that even a shopping spree won’t help. Darcy intends to marry Marcus and raise their baby together, but when At the end of SOMETHING BORROWED, Rachel’s life seemed to be on the upswing, while her ex-best friend Darcy’s was going downhill fast. Darcy was pregnant with Marcus’ baby, while she found out that Dex, her ex-fiancé, had been having an affair with Rachel—that traitor!—for the whole summer. It’s enough to give any girl used to luxury, comfort, and coddling (like Darcy is) a major migraine that even a shopping spree won’t help. Darcy intends to marry Marcus and raise their baby together, but when Marcus refuses to have anything to do with her, Darcy, panicked and out of options in what once was the opportunity-filled New York, decides to go stay with her childhood friend Ethan in London. So she packs up most of her clothes and toiletries and jets over to Ethan’s tiny basement flat, sharing his bed with him. At first, Darcy is having a blast in London, what with all the new shopping that she can do and all. Who needs Rachel and Dex anyway? But a big fight with Ethan opens her eyes to all her faults. Despite his stinging words, Darcy realizes that he has only spoken the truth, and vows to turn her life around, for herself, her unborn baby, and Ethan. And changing herself turns out to not be very difficult at all. She finds a gynecologist, Geoffrey Moore, but very soon switches doctors after she and Geoffrey start being an item. Geoffrey is everything Darcy had ever wanted in a man: handsome, rich, smart, caring. The perfect gentleman. Which is just as well because Ethan has started to see someone too. But although life in London is turning out just as she imagined—finding the perfect man to take care of her and her child—something is just not right. Darcy can’t seem to pinpoint it out, until, over her baby’s security, she realizes that maybe she was with the wrong man. That maybe she had never been in love before until this moment, and that the man she loved was right next to her and just might love her back. As always, Giffin does an envious job creating real, complex characters and helping them grow into better people. In SOMETHING BORROWED Darcy was the me-me-me girl who wanted and got everything and who got on your nerves, but here she is a genuine heroine who you can grow to love and cheer for.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Folk

    OK, let me start off with saying I liked it. I finished reading it and I didn't hate Darcy. Here's the thing: The ending was perfect. It was sweet, sentimental and delightful. As a regular reader of romantic fiction, it was great. But I don't think the setup is real. The Darcy from Something Borrowed, the Darcy that starts this book would not have been so affected by Ethan's "take down" which was really a gentle conversation. Maybe she really was altered by being dumped twice in such a short peri OK, let me start off with saying I liked it. I finished reading it and I didn't hate Darcy. Here's the thing: The ending was perfect. It was sweet, sentimental and delightful. As a regular reader of romantic fiction, it was great. But I don't think the setup is real. The Darcy from Something Borrowed, the Darcy that starts this book would not have been so affected by Ethan's "take down" which was really a gentle conversation. Maybe she really was altered by being dumped twice in such a short period, but I've known real people, who after all that happens just thinks it's the fault of fate, or the other person or blah blah blah. I can't see Darcy just switching gears one day. Maybe she could. Maybe she'd be smart and realize she'd gotten a second (third, 100th) chance with Ethan. Maybe their friendship was more important than the made it appear previously. Maybe Ethan did like her more than it appeared in Something Borrowed (where it seemed that he was around her because Rachel was). But I didn't buy it. Darcy's relationship with Ethan was lovely, and I appreciated it for all it's sentiment. I just wish it felt real, and not just some story told to make us think that she was saved by love. (and yes, that comes to you from a die-hard, I believe in love, romantic wishing type of girl. Maybe my pragmatic side is working overtime, but my romantic "this is bull" meter was pinging off the hook.)

  26. 4 out of 5

    liz

    So I read this, the follow-up to "Something Borrowed", this morning. It follows narcissist Darcy after lifelong-best-friend Rachel steals her fiancé Dex. And while it was great to see Darcy's development as a character, I didn't feel like this book was quite as eventful as the last one. Maybe it's just that I find pregnancy to be less exciting than l-o-v-e. Still, Darcy holing up in London but not really knowing anyone didn't provide the same opportunities for learning experiences/drama as if sh So I read this, the follow-up to "Something Borrowed", this morning. It follows narcissist Darcy after lifelong-best-friend Rachel steals her fiancé Dex. And while it was great to see Darcy's development as a character, I didn't feel like this book was quite as eventful as the last one. Maybe it's just that I find pregnancy to be less exciting than l-o-v-e. Still, Darcy holing up in London but not really knowing anyone didn't provide the same opportunities for learning experiences/drama as if she'd stayed in New York (where Rachel and Dex live). At least there's a happy ending. Loyal, reliable Rachel, my best friend of twenty-four years, who always had my interests ahead of, or at least tied with, her own, had--WHAM! POW!--sucker punched me. Blindsided me. The surprise element of her betrayal was what burned me the most. The fact that I never saw it coming. It was as unexpected as a seeing-eye dog willfully leading his blind, trusting owner into the path of a Mack truck.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kassie

    I almost didn't read this book when I realized that it was going to be from Darcy's perspective. That would have been a huge mistake! At the of Something Borrowed I could not stand Darcy's character so I couldn't bear the thought of reading a whole book about her, I continued to have that feeling as I started reading this book. Then suddenly you get these glimps of a good person and you feel yourself actually feeling sorry for her and then before you know it you are cheering for her! This was an I almost didn't read this book when I realized that it was going to be from Darcy's perspective. That would have been a huge mistake! At the of Something Borrowed I could not stand Darcy's character so I couldn't bear the thought of reading a whole book about her, I continued to have that feeling as I started reading this book. Then suddenly you get these glimps of a good person and you feel yourself actually feeling sorry for her and then before you know it you are cheering for her! This was an awesome series (Something Borrowed & Something Blue) I can't ever remember totally changing my opinion about a character like I did with Darcy, Emily Giffin did a fabulous job of creating two so completely different characters within one. I loved this book and am very excited to read more from her!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا

    I'm a huge fan of the movie and I always wondered what happened to Darcy, but reading "Something Borrowed" wasn't as good as watching the movie, I found myself hating Rachel and Dex and preferring Darcy. So let's see what I think of all of them once I finish this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    3.75

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Initial reaction: I read this book earlier this past year (2012) but didn't write a review on it because I wanted to read it a second time to write a thorough review. I still have the book and will probably go through it again just to clarify details Suffice to say it was worse than the first book and completely out of character for Darcy in conjunction with the first book. Full review: I'm actually just getting around to reviewing this book in 2014, but upon reviewing the narrative, not much abou Initial reaction: I read this book earlier this past year (2012) but didn't write a review on it because I wanted to read it a second time to write a thorough review. I still have the book and will probably go through it again just to clarify details Suffice to say it was worse than the first book and completely out of character for Darcy in conjunction with the first book. Full review: I'm actually just getting around to reviewing this book in 2014, but upon reviewing the narrative, not much about my opinion has changed in that time, unfortunately. I read this before I decided I was done with reading any more of Giffin's narratives (long story behind that), but to reflect on "Something Blue" - I think Darcy's narrating voice was even more grating than Rachel's from the last book. I didn't enjoy that part. She's an extremely self-absorbed character. While that might actually make for an interesting narrative to see how she changes over time, for me, I couldn't stand it most of the time. And the fact that there's a quite a bit of sexual shaming and suicidal jokes in the beginning really just did not hit it off with me at all. Nonetheless, I swallowed my nerves and trucked on through the narrative. I think the overarching impressions that I had from this was that as a chick-lit novel...this really wasn't funny or cute or even anything in the sense of a read that I could swallow down lightly. At all. I couldn't identify with Darcy, and half the time, I spent groaning about the things she complained about and her general pettiness. At least with Rachel, her backstory was established well, and while there were significant inserts of Darcy's perspective story in here, quite a bit of it was retracing what happened when Darcy cheated on Dex with Marcus and that she actually cheated *two more times* before that. Not to mention she's pretty bitter about Rachel and Dex getting hooked up and complains and blames about it to everyone she knows. While I could understand her hurt, for me - it was tough to feel any kind of sympathy because of the way she made it out like she did nothing wrong with her own cheating against Dex and basking in some form of self-denial. As many of you know, I do not like cheating scenarios. I can read about them if they're portrayed with some kind of level of mature depth or detail, but not if it's just trainwrecky for the sake of being so. And this was definitely the latter. Darcy has to contend with carrying Marcus's child in this narrative, and while Marcus affirms he wants to keep the baby and support it, Darcy muses over ways to "control" him. (Yeah, like it's ever a good idea to try to mold anyone to be something they're not.) She complains, and complains, and complains constantly while they're together. And then there's Ethan. Granted, I actually sort of liked Ethan in the first book because he didn't put up with Darcy in the slightest, but then this book does a 180 and has them going together? REALLY? The character development in this book is terribly manipulative and mismatched. The transformation Darcy undergoes is far too quick to truly digest in any kind of realistic measure, and then the ending? Really shallow and predictable. At the time I read this, I planned to try another series to see if any of Giffin's other writings worked for me (because I believe in second chances and there was a good chance that this series just didn't work for me collectively speaking). But to be honest, I think revisiting this novel made me realize the quality doesn't match up and the fact that there are far better chick-lit novels out there to pick up that aren't as cliched or infuriating. Or if they're cliched, at least they feel fulfilling and make me care about the characters far more than this one did. Overall score: 0.5/5 stars

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