Bestselling author Emily Giffin's upcoming novel Where We Belong is one of the most anticipated novels of the summer. As a gift to fans who are eagerly awaiting the late July release date, Giffin has gifted a bonus work — The Diary of Darcy J. Rhone. The diary chronicles the teenage years of Darcy and her best friend Rachel from Something Borrowed and Something Blue.
The diary is a gift from Rachel to Darcy, which Rachel has to remind Darcy to use. Readers are instantly swept back into the world of Darcy's egotistical, funny and always over-the-top view of the world. The root of some of Darcy's biggest white lies are revealed. She also has a sensitivity to Rachel not making the cheer leading team so she takes care to brag only in her diary about being the only freshman to make the JV squad.
This whimsical journey highlights Darcy's extreme confidence when it comes to dating that was always ingrained in her nature. When she is officially allowed to date at age 15, she plots to dump her current boyfriend for a senior with a car. Darcy always goes after what she wants with full force. When her usual female wiles fail to achieve a date with a foreign exchange student, she switches to a more direct approach one cannot help but admire:
... I marched right up to Carlos, who was getting books out of his locker, and I said, "I'm tired of waiting." He smiled and goes, "Pardon?" in that to-die-for-accent. (I made a mental note to start saying "pardon?" instead of "what?") So anyway, I go, "I'm tired of waiting for you to ask me out." He laughed the sexiest laugh (I don't know how a laugh could sound so foreign, but his did) and said "Okay. Will you go out with me?" I smiled back at him and said, "I'll have to think about it. Call me later and I'll give you my answer."
The Diary of Darcy J. Rhone is a gift rich with laughter. Ms. Giffin keeps giving to readers by including a sneak peak at Where We Belong. It's the story of Marian Caldwell, a television producer who's life at 36 is almost on track with where she wants it to be. When a lifelong secret shows up at her doorstep, she knows in one moment that the daughter she gave away as a teenager 18 years ago is again going to change her life forever.
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