March 17, 2011

Book Review: Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

Something Borrowed
My favorite cover of the book, it has many
At First Sight: Rachel and Darcy have been best friends since what feels like forever, going through every stage of life together but, on the night of Rachel's 30th birthday party, something happens and things start to unravel.

That night at the end of Spring, Rachel and Darcy's fiancé Dex are the last ones at the bar and decide to go out for one last drink, they share a surprising kiss on the cab back home and end up in bed together. Dex and Rachel also have a history together - they became good friends in law school but, and even though there were some sparks there, they never acted on them, their feelings falling to the side when Rachel introduced him to Darcy and they began dating.

But in that long, hot summer before Darcy and Dex's wedding, he's realizing he has never been able to get Rachel out of his mind. And Rachel finds herself thorn between the love of her life and a life-long friendship.

Second Glance: Intellectually, I know how it sounds, that this is basically the story of the other woman who's wrecking a happy, already established couple, but it's far from it. It's complex and all the decisions made were complicated and hurt in more ways than one. I was so surprised to find myself getting so invested in Rachel's story, rooting for her against Darcy - in part because Darcy is a very toxic, self-centered friend - and wanting her to get the guy. It was sad learning of why she had let him get away all those years ago.

But I did got to the point where I wanted both Dex and Rachel to grow some balls, she to make a stand instead of counting down the weeks and days left before the wedding, and him to bloody make a choice already instead of keep on saying he loved Rachel but that it was complicated. Though otherwise he sounded like a wonderful guy, Dex did come off as a wimp sometimes, and so did Rachel. I did love Ethan and Hilary -two of Rachel's closest friends, who help put things into perspective once or twice.

Bottom Line:  Over all, I liked this Something Borrowed quite a lot but a few scenes before the ending did felt somewhat scripted and, though they were fitting of the characters involved and were far from neat, they felt convenient. I will read the sequel Something Blue, and I'll watch the movie, though.

By the way, the book is getting a different cover for the movie-release.

Favorite Quote: "Perfection isn't what matters. In fact is the very thing that can destroy you if you let it." - Rachel

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