Sunday, April 20, 2008

Something Borrowed

Before I start my review, I just wanted to welcome our brand-spanking new reviewers, Amber, Lauren, and Elisabeth. Thanks for taking an interest ladies! Your reviews have been awesome!

Okay ... about the book.

This book was written by Emily Giffin and I believe this is her first novel. I read this book a couple of years ago and I found it was something I could relate to, not because I was sleeping with my best friend's fiancé (like that would ever happen), but because of the age-group of the ladies this book focused on. These women are turning thirty, in the prime of their lives, have great careers and great friends and are living life the way it is meant to be lived: to the fullest.

Of course with every friendship you have the under dog (Rachel) and the alpha dog (Darcy). Darcy is the "look at me!" girl while Rachel is the girl who stands in Darcy's shadow. She is the type of girl who will bite her tongue when it comes to Darcy's antics, because, well that's what best friends do, right?

Darcy is pretty dependent on Rachel. Rachel is ambitious. She's a NYC lawyer and Darcy isn't anything really. Darcy followed Rachel to NY and, considering she didn't really have any work background, managed to snag a glamorous job which paid amazing dollars. But then again, Darcy is the kind of girl that doesn't really have to work to get what she wants. Yes ... she's THAT pretty.

Long story short, Rachel hooks up Darcy with this guy she went to law school with named Dex. At first Dex didn't really show an interest in Darcy (much to her shock) because he kinda sorta liked Rachel. Since Rachel wasn't really confident, she dismissed his feelings because he couldn't possibly want someone like her. Dex and Darcy began to date and wound up getting engaged, with Rachel appointed to maid-of-honour status. On the night of Darcy's surprise 30th birthday party, Darcy goes home pissed drunk and Dex and Rachel end up sleeping together.

This is where it gets interesting. They vow to keep that as a one night thing but the problem is that they can't stop thinking about each other and it continues on to be something ... more. And it's a weird dynamic because Darcy is important to the both of them. This affair comes to a head when Rachel can't stand the lies and being the other woman when she feels she should be THE woman. She tells Dex that he either needs to call off the wedding or they can't continue what they're doing (duh). Strangely enough? I was totally rooting for Dexter and Rachel. Even though they were having an affair. Trust me if you read this book, you would be too.

I loved this book. It was so well written and not hard to read at all. I loved how Emily wrote the story ... her style was awesome. Read this book. It's such a fun read (and it has a sequel!) and it took me about a day to finish it. And I re-read this book. That's how much I liked it (but truth be told, I only re-read the steamy parts).

16 comments:

Jen said...

I read this book last summer and loved it!! Did you read the next one, with Darcy's take on the happenings? I couldn't put these books down!

Amber said...

I agree! I loved both books! Now I want to go re-read them! =P

Airam said...

Jen - I did read the next one ... these books are awesome!

Amber - Now I do too!

Kelli said...

You're right, this is a great book! The sequel is even better, though, so make sure you read it too! :)

Lauren said...

Thank you for the warm welcoming!

I heard these books were great--i'll definitely have to check them out soon.

~*SilverNeurotic*~ said...

"Baby Proof" by the same author is also really good. I think I enjoyed that one even more.

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Ally said...

I want her to hurry up and write another book. The three or so I've read are all good.

Airam said...

I can't wait for a new book too. I've read Baby Proof and didn't realize that Darcy and her new love (the one from Something Blue), make a little appearance until my friend pointed it out to me. Pretty cool.

brandy said...

Okay! I've seen these books a million times but never picked one of them up. (I feel my negative attitude towards the shopoholic series may be part to blame for chick-lit series). Now I'm definitely going to check it out. Thanks Airam. You are a great reviewer.

Des said...

I loved this book, too. I was totally rooting for Dexter and Rachel. And I really disliked Darcy, until I read Something Blue.

Nothing is every just black and white. I think that's what I really liked.

Cherry Runway said...

I agree. This book was a very good read. I couldn't put it down. The sequel is JUST as good, and some parts that even I found unpredictable.

Her third book, although still a very good read, is kind of depressing. Nevertheless, she is a stellar writer. :)

Sonny Amou said...

Cool. A blog for bookworms. I'll be back...always on the lookout for good recommendations.

Pax,
S.Amou

Somewhere In Between said...

I just found out yesterday that this is being turned into a movie!! It'll be out Summer 2010!

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