Rachel, a 30-year-old attorney in New York City, has always been “the good girl.” She’s been a loyal companion to beautiful and outgoing Darcy, her childhood best friend, even though Darcy is fiercely competitive and always seems to be trying to overshadow Rachel. On Rachel’s thirtieth birthday, Darcy throws her a party. Rachel has a bit too much to drink and ends up in bed with her friend from law school, Dex, who also happens to be Darcy’s fiancé. If it were just a one-time drunken mistake, maybe Rachel could forgive herself. But soon she and Dex secretly start to see each other more often, and Rachel must decide whether to be loyal to Darcy or to follow her heart to be with Dex. Giffin created flawed but empathetic characters and added some shades of gray to a situation that would normally seem black-and-white. Darcy was a somewhat one-dimensional and unlikeable character in Something Borrowed, but the sequel, Something Blue, focuses on her story and further develops her character.
This was a re-read for me, but this time I listened to the audiobook version. The narrator did a great job of portraying Rachel's inner turmoil, and I enjoyed the audio version even more than the print version.