Something Blue is the sequel to Something Borrowed which I read a few days ago. In my review of Something Borrowed, I said that I am reserving my final judgment on the book after I’m done with its sequel. After having read the book, all I can say is wow! I actually did not expect to like this book this much.
However, just like what I said in Something Borrowed, I do not concur with the (lack of) moral values practised by the characters in the story, particularly premarital sex and cohabitation, because these are against my own personal and religious convictions. Having said that, let me now get on to the real subject matter of this book which is relationships and personal growth.
In Something Blue, Darcy narrates her side of the story this time and what happened after the great betrayal and break up. She tells us how she felt after learning of her bestfriend and fiance’s betrayal and how she decided to keep her baby and her relationship with Marcus despite and against her parents’ obvious disapproval. She eventually tells us that her on-the-spur romance with Marcus fizzled out, and since she has nowhere left to go, she decides to leave New York and go to London to her other less important friend, Ethan.
From the moment I started to read this book, I was prepared to hate Darcy. She was so spiteful in the first book in the first place. She was self-centered, domineering, selfish, judgmental, nasty, and just flat out horrible. Her principles and set of values are as skewed as they could be. Darcy possesses the exact opposite traits of what a best friend should be. I must say, though, that Rachel too has her own contribution in the betrayal process, I still believe that Darcy was the more evil one and for a time I did not feel sorry for all her sufferings. One thing I must give to Darcy, though, is her strong nature. Once she sets her mind on one thing, she makes sure that she gets it. And this, I must say, is the trait that kept her going despite having all odds go against her.
It is not always that a story has a bad guy (or girl, as in this case) as its main character. I loved how Darcy evolved from being selfish and self-centered to being responsible and selfless. Her path towards redemption is very realistically played out and her journey towards self-discovery and maturity, albeit hard and painful, is full of lessons each one of us can learn from. I’m not saying that we should do what she has done — make the same mistakes she did — but to learn from her mistakes. That betrayal is not always justifiable and honesty, especially honesty to oneself, is always best at all times.
Something Blue is a perfect portrayal of every human relationship. Any kind of human relationship, be it friendship or marriage, cannot and will not be perfect. After all, as humans, we aren’t perfect, aren’t we? And it is in these imperfections that we oftentimes hurt the ones we love but that does not mean that there is no redemption anymore. We just need to own up to our mistakes, and find it in our hearts to forgive and reconcile, just like what Darcy did, and that is what every grown up person is supposed to do.
“We were all accountable. We had all lied and cheated. But despite everything, I knew we were still good people. We all deserved a second chance, a chance to be happy.”
I love this book. I didn’t expect to love it but I did. Just as I did not expect to love Darcy. In some ways, some of us are like Darcy, or Rachel, imperfect but are still capable of changing for the better.
“Love and friendship. They are what make us who we are, and what can change us, if we let them.”
27/50 2012 Goodreads Reading Goal.