Emily Giffin – Something Borrowed

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Something Borrowed
Emily Giffin

ISBN: 0312321198

Back Cover Blurb:

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 fiancé. 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.

An entire novel told in the first person doesn’t normally bother me but in this case it did. As a reader, we don’t get to see any of Dex’s thoughts or feelings beyond what he actually tells Rachel. (Dex is the best-friends fiance that Rachel sleeps with.) Rachel is a spineless pansy throughout just about the entire book, never standing up for herself until the very end – either with Dex or with Darcy, her best friend.

This was different for me, I’ve never read a book where the entire relationship was carried out as a secret affair. I’m still up in the air on it, I don’t think I would want to read many stories like this though.

Because the entire thing is written in first person, there is alot of Rachel’s thoughts, memeories and observations. I ended up skimming alot of this. The interaction and dialogue between Rachel and Dex was very entertaining though and I wish there had been more of it throughout the book! And the entire story was very real life, not as glamorous as other romance novels – which was different again.

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2 responses »

  1. Oh dang and this one was on my TBR list…taking it off, doesn’t sound so grand after all…thanks for the heads up!

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