SOMETHING BORROWED by Emily Giffin [Review]
Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin starts with the familiar premise of fabulous, single ladies living in New York and looking for love, but it quickly sets itself apart and becomes more about friendship, love, and the choices we make in life. Rachel and Darcy have been best friends since elementary school, but it’s a somewhat one-sided friendship with Rachel playing second fiddle to the more beautiful, outgoing Darcy. The night of her thirtieth birthday party a drunken Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy’s fiancé, Dex. Horrified at what she has done, Rachel tries to stay away from Dex, but they have undeniable feelings for one another. With Dex and Darcy’s wedding approaching, Rachel, who is the maid of honor, is forced to choose between her best friend and a man who she might truly love.
Something Borrowed is really interesting because although Rachel and Dex are doing something wrong, they are not bad people and it makes you wonder what you would do in that same situation. Plus, since Darcy is shallow and immature, I found myself rooting for bookish, nice girl Rachel. The book had me right off the bat with lots of eighties references (who could forget feathered hair and Guess jeans with ankle zippers?). Something Borrowed definitely falls into the chick-lit category, but the thing about chick-lit is that, like any other genre, it contains both good and bad books. This book is one of the good ones because it is thought provoking and has actual depth.
If you don’t normally like chick-lit, give Something Borrowed a chance. If you like it, there is a sequel titled Something Blue, which tells the story and what happens next from Darcy’s perspective. Both books are worth checking out.
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