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Something Borrowed Hardcover – 1 June 2004
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- Publisher : St Martins Pr (1 June 2004)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 322 pages
- ISBN-10 : 031232118X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312321185
- Dimensions : 15.14 x 3.2 x 25.2 cm
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Everyone is raving about Emily Giffin and Something Borrowed!
"Emily Giffin brings a fresh, new voice to women's fiction. Something Borrowed is a deftly written and convincing tale of a friendship gone comically---and at times poignantly---awry."
- Meg Cabot, author of The Boy Next Door and The Princess Diaries
"Something Borrowed is a winner; it has rare emotional depth. In Something Borrowed, Rachel, a perpetually self-sacrificing nice girl, shocks herself by launching an affair with her best friend's fiancé. This first blow for freedom sets off a chain reaction that will inspire pathologically nice girls everywhere to strike blows of their own."
- Valerie Frankel, author of The Accidental Virgin
"Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin is a luxurious page-turner of a debut novel that marks the arrival of a tremendously bright, clever new voice in women's fiction. In quick-moving, captivating prose punctuated with dead-on dialogue, Giffin deftly captures the complications and humor of love, betrayal, career, and friendship for a city girl at the edge of thirty; you forget this is just a novel and won't want to put it down."
- Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, author of The Dirty Girls Social Club and Playing with Boys
"I absolutely loved it and read it in two sittings because I could not put it down. It was amazing to me how Emily handled this complex moral issue with such compassion and clear-sightedness. I believed it all the way and forgot about the rest of my life while I was immersed in it. Her three main characters are portrayed as multifaceted and endearingly flawed---just like real human beings. Something Borrowed is also very well written---nice, spare prose, which kept me pressing forward, agog to know what happened. This is a book which takes a clear-eyed look at the rivalry that exists in even the best of friendships. Congratulations to Emily on having written such a compelling, engrossing, and uplifting book."
- Marian Keyes, author of Sushi for Beginners
About the Author
Emily Giffin graduated from Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. She practiced law in New York City for several years before moving to London, where she began writing full time. She now lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons. Something Borrowed is her first novel.
Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of four New York Times bestselling novels, she now lives in Atlanta with her husband and three young children. Visit www.emilygiffin.com.
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Something Borrowed follows Rachel navigating adult hood in Manhattan with work, dating and everything in between. Darcy (Rachel’s best friend) share a friendship that has withheld the testament of time. Darcy has always been the mean girl with a soft spot however one-night changes everything when sparks fly between Dex (Darcy’s fiancé) and Rachel. A tantalizing twist and turn of events ensure as the reality of life and human nature ensue.
Rachel’s character is real and relatable!! Her point of view is very girl next door and ties the insecurities and interests of young woman alike. The best way I could sum up Something Borrowed is a cross between Sex and the City with 13 Going on 30.
The writing style was fun and light-hearted. I did find it very tedious at times; Emily has a way of juxta-positioning the past with the present. Doing so by delving back into the past in the middle of current dialogue and events that is profusely unnecessary. An array of characters from Darcy & Rachel’s childhood are name dropped throughout the book and add very little insight to the current characters themselves. I was confused and just chose to ignore a lot of the names mentioned because they didn’t add a huge amount of value to the novel. I felt too much time was spent replaying events of their childhood where progression in the current story would have been highly more beneficial.
I have a habit of looking at reviews before I start a book, particularly the bad ones! I read a lot of negative reviews about how it glamorises cheating and adultery. Which is a major plot line of this novel…Yes. Do I condone, agree or overlook it, DEFINIETLY NOT. Cheating is something I whole heartedly despise. HOWEVER books are commonly about things that are wrong or taboo for example mafia and criminals who murder and break the law on a daily basis are a plot line for many romance books. Which is hardly just and something people reading aren’t aspiring to find in a partner, but would you say those books glamorous criminals? They overlook wrong doings, Yes but suffice to say….books are commonly about topics that are not admirable or feasible in everyday life and relationships. Soo I think it’s unfair to ostracize a book for a major plot line, in an unrealistic reality of a fictional world.
In saying that….for anyone who has been affected by cheating in a relationship. I can understand the trigger it may have on your emotions and strongly advise perhaps this one may not be to your liking!!
Overall it’s a book of finding love in the most unlikely of places, overcoming fear and the insecurities that can dictate and burden your life.
I found the story itself compelling and captivating, spending hours without even realizing it pass by, turning page after page.
It is not the most amazingly written novel in my opinion, but a fun and lighthearted read!
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Something Borrowed is the story of Darcy and Rachel, friends since childhood. Rachel was always the one to let Darcy take the lead. Which is good as Darcy is a pretty unlikeable character. She is a princess, she always gets her own way. You know the type? The one if you say you have won a fiver, she has won a tenner - everyone knows “A Darcy”
After her birthday party, Rachel and Dex has sex. As much as Rachel tries to put it behind her, and chalk it down to a drunken mistake she realises she has feelings for Dex and for once she has to put herself first.
As I said Darcy is pretty unlikeable but I was still shocked to find myself rooting for Rachel and Dex - it is not ok to sleep with your best friends fiancé....unless you are these two it would seem.
I loved this story and I am so glad it’s part of a series......it definitely gets a thumbs up from me.
Had read another book by this author which I enjoyed and decided to order this to take as beach reading on a recent holiday.
The characters were "real" to me and I thought they were really well written.
Don't want to say too much else which might spoil the book for potential readers! All I can do is recommend that you read it and judge for yourself.
I am now tempted to watch the film and see how closely it follows the original novel.