Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

Darcy & Rachel #1. St. Martin's Press (April 2005) Library
Something Borrowed tells the story of Rachel, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. 

Rachel has always been the consummate good girl—until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy's fiancĂ©. Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren't always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness. 

Something Borrowed is a phenomenal debut novel that will have you laughing, crying, and calling your best friend.

I saw Emily Giffin on a panel at the Miami International Book Fair. She was quick-witted, funny, and had some great storytelling chops. I didn't plan to read Something Borrowed. I wanted to start reading books with my mom in a mother daughter book club and as I asked, "Pick any book you want to read and we'll read it together" right after leaving the book fair she chose this one to read. 

It's rare for me to read chick-lit but not because I don't enjoy it. No, Something Borrowed is a book that had me gasping, laughing, and shaking my head right along with my mom. It was the perfect book to read with her because who else am I closer to her than her?

Rachel was very up and down with me. At first, I was on her side because when you look at who her best friend is - Darcy, the Queen of me - you kind of rather her win. Other times she just got me too much with her lack of self-confidence. I know it's part of her personality but sheesh girl... stop comparing yourself for one second to Darcy. And then all she could think of was Dex, her friend's fiance she slept with. I know that's what the book is about but that with her lack of self confidence bothered me some. She was really back and forth with me. I came to like her, to shaking my head at her, to liking her again. 

Darcy is someone I never did like. We are in Rachel's point of view so we see all the lies and dramatic things she said to put down Rachel throughout her life. Darcy could also be very loyal too but she was such a pain in the behind that I couldn't at one point like her. One thing me and my mom kept on bringing up was how Rachel should have stopped being Darcy's friend a long time ago which is very telling of how much we both disliked that woman.

Dex was up and down for me too. I could never tell if he really loved Rachel or Darcy or if he was stringing them both along. His sincerity was always questionable to me until the very end. 

Something Borrowed is a journey. One with laughter, awe, and intrigue. It was really fun to read at points and such a gossipy type book that is perfect to read with someone else. I really want to know what happens next with Rachel. I don't really care about Darcy but the next book will be her point of view. I don't know if I can handle it or not. We'll see if I cave in the future.


  1. This makes me want to read this book again. I haven't read it in years.


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