Title: Something Borrowed
Author: Emily Giffin
Pages: 352 pages
Synopsis: (Taken from Amazon.com)
The smash-hit debut novel for every woman who has ever had a complicated love-hate friendship.
Rachel White is the consummate good girl. A hard-working attorney at a large Manhattan law firm and a diligent maid of honor to her charmed best friend Darcy, Rachel has always played by all the rules. Since grade school, she has watched Darcy shine, quietly accepting the sidekick role in their lopsided friendship. But that suddenly changes the night of her thirtieth birthday when Rachel finally confesses her feelings to Darcy’s fiance, and is both horrified and thrilled to discover that he feels the same way. As the wedding date draws near, events spiral out of control, and Rachel knows she must make a choice between her heart and conscience. In so doing, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren’t always neat, and sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself.
I happened to stumble upon the trailer last week and thought, “Okay.. NOW I have to read this.” Normally I don’t find myself gravitating towards chic-lit. However each time I do read something chic-lit, why is it that I always absolutely love the read? Am I really a chic-lit lover in denial? On top of the whole this book being chic-lit, it also centered around infidelity. Infidelity is a big time pet peeve of mine.
Low and behold — I am routing for the very girl who slept with her best friend’s fiance. WHY OH WHY?! This book was this amazing, immoral, dirty little secret and I loved every second of it.
On another note, I really hate starting books. To me, starting books is like walking into school on the first day and not knowing anyone. You have no real bond to them and you can take it or leave it as far as a second day return goes. You have to really push yourself to go back and to give these people another chance and hope that someday being there will feel natural and you will wonder what life was like without these people in it. Starting books suck, especially for those (like myself) who are scared of change. However, I found that Emily Giffin makes it quite easy to walk in to her story and feel total comfort in the story’s surroundings and an immediate bond to her central character (regardless if you agree with the character’s choices, or not.)
Rachel, the main character, is quite likeable. Even though she’s slept with her best friend’s fiance (who she did know first) she seems to have her head screwed on straight. She has spent years being walked all over by Darcy, her best friend since.. well.. forever. Now that Rachel has turned 30, it was time for her to step out of her friend’s dominate shadows and take charge of her life and really go for what she wanted — even if that was sacrificing her own friendship.
I really enjoyed Something Borrowed. It’s definitely a great beach read and even a great book for a book club as there are a lot of “what if” questions that really dig into morals and worth a good discussion.