Good writing comforts the disturbed and disturbs the comfortable.
A quote I heard once and think it's pretty accurate.
The everyday person reads a book on the train to forget they are surrounded by chatter and the deadline tugging at their collar.
The more unusual of us read to be assured that that it's okay to want to get lost in huge, unknown cities fulfilling our dreams.
A great book can be meditation, medication and a holiday all rolled into one.
Something Blue, written by the successful Emily Giffin, is one champion of a vacation. Emily Giffin has been writing Rom Coms, or 'Chick Lits,' since she realised her true calling in life and walked out of the Law Firm in New York she had worked at after several years. Moving to London and gracing our book store shelves with best selling novels ever since, Giffin has the ability to snatch you from your lounge room and whisk you away to the bustling cities she writes about.
Something Blue is no exception, taking you on a journey from the high life amongst yellow cabs and Christian Dior in the Big Apple, to the grey, chilly skies of London. Using bouncy dialogue and incredible description with no long winded paragraphs, Giffin shows off her magic with this one.
The novel is a story about the stunning Darcy Rhone, who has relied on her good looks for most of her life to get what she wants. With a flick of her chestnut mane in high school, she had the boys lapping at her feet. In her adulthood, using her big, brown eyes and charming smile, the New York socialite is showered with gifts and clothes. Her obvious beauty brings her a seemingly charmed life; a high paid job in the glamorous world of PR and landing her the perfect man. He is gorgeous, chiselled, white smile, rich...overall, he is perfect and ticks all the boxes.
Meet Rachel, Darcy's 'Plain Jane' best friend with mousy brown hair, a law degree and not a pair of high heels in her wardrobe, so instead, she polishes Darcy's, kissing her feet and there for her best friend whenever she is needed, even at 1am when Darcy is kept awake at night worrying how to wear her hair the next day. Rachel is the best of best friends... until, she steals Darcy's hunky fiancÚ.
A broken woman, the Beauty who has spent her life affirming her self worth by men adoring her is in absolute shock at how her plain, boring, lawyer friend stole her man. The power punch twist in this plot however, is Darcy is having her own firey, heated romance at the same time...with her fiance's best mate. It is seemingly okay for the stunner to be having powerful , tipsy sex under trees in the rain on golf courses, but how dare her fiancÚ do the same! And with someone not as gorgeous as she!
The capturing plot has the reader turning pages as if they on fire with enchanting descriptions of New York City and furthermore, takes you on that European holiday when Darcy decides to leave it all behind and move to London with a long lost school friend.
From shiny heels and lavish apartment living in the Big Apple, Darcy finds herself squeezing all her belongings into a tiny dark bedroom in a small stale flat in London and eating mash potato from cold plates in stuffy English pubs. Darcy has to learn to start her life over with of course, plenty of bumps and turns that take you along for the ride.
The author has magical talent, bringing her characters to life with the conversations that jump out from the page; some have accents, some have fabulous dress sense and others are down right sexy and it's so easy to forget you have your own life, a real job and a husband to attend to when you are in love with the people and their lives in Something Blue. The story is especially touching if you are a new mum to be, or planning to be.
Giffin is one of the only authors I read that can have me laughing out loud or cry in an emotional splutter in public, and while everyone has their own taste in literature, I am pretty sure Chick Lit fans would agree with me. In fact, as a writer, I am deeply completely envious of this woman!
Something Blue is in fact the sequel to her best selling novel turned Hollywood blockbuster Something Borrowed, (starring golden girl Kate Hudson), which tells the same story but from the point of view of Rachel, the best friend who snatched Darcy's fiancÚ. Unlike most second instalments of a story however, this novel does need to be read in order to fall in love; the two books are different taking you on separate adventures.
Tears and a swollen heart is what you will be left with upon closing the baby blue coloured hard back cover of Something Blue, and have you on Amazon purchasing the entire Emily Griffin collection. And with the cute coloured covers, the set is the perfect look to the chick lit book shelf.
Love and friendship, they are what make us who we are, and what can change us if you let them- Emily Griffin. Something Blue.