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Author: Emily Giffin / Genre: Fiction

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      27.04.2009 20:55
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      A great debut novel, one of my favourites

      *****THE SYNOPSIS*****
      Rachel Miller and Darcy Rhone have been best friends since childhood. They've shared birthdays, the horrors of high school and even boyfriends, but while Darcy is the sort of woman who breezes through life getting what she wants when she wants it, Rachel has always played by the rules and watched her stunning best friend steal the limelight.

      The one thing Rachel's always had over Darcy is the four-month age-gap which meant she was first to being a teenager, first to drive, first to everything ...but now she's about to be first to thirty. And Darcy still has a charmed life.

      On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Rachel is shocked to find herself questioning the status quo. How come Darcy gets a glamorous job at a PR firm and the perfect boyfriend, while Rachel grinds away at her despised job as an attorney and remains painfully single.

      Is it just luck? Or, looking back at their friendship and their lives together, is it a bit more complicated than that? Then an accidental fling complicated everything, and it's time for Rachel to make a few hard choices. And she's forced to learn that sometimes true love comes at a price...

      *****MY REVIEW*****

      This is the second time I've read Something Borrowed. I read Something Blue first and bought this a long while after and read both books in order. As a watcher of daytime television chat shows (Maury, Jeremy Kyle) I've always hated anybody who cheats. What's the point? If you want to be with someone else then be with them and break up with whoever you're with.

      However since I disliked Darcy (I only really liked her when she was in London after a while in Something Blue) I don't know... I just wanted Dex to break it off with her instead of stringing along the engagement/wedding. Also, as we found out, it wasn't as if Darcy came out smelling of roses.

      I loved the book though and read it in a day. I was desparately rooting for Rachel and Dex and found Darcy incredibly shallow, irritating and all me, me, me. I probably wouldn't have wanted her to fall flat on her face had she been more likeable. I also think that Rachel and Darcy's "friendship" wasn't a friendship. She did seem to ride roughshod over Rachel the entire time as was mentioned in the book.

      It was a great read and I really hoped Dex would change his mind. I liked that Rachel finally gave an ultimatum and then went to London to see Ethan, that was great. My only problem was the ending, it was enjoyable yes but as the sequel was more Darcy I would have loved a few more chapters on Rachel and Dex.

      Overall I loved it and have loved the next Emily Giffin novels I've read and can't wait for her new one Heart of the Matter.

      *****NOTES*****
      First reviewed at http://chicklitreviews.wordpress.com

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      25.09.2008 11:48
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      A good read - something a bit different from your usual chick lit

      Is it ever right to sleep with a friends man?

      I've just finished this book having churned through it in 2 days travel to and from work, and I found it difficult to put down. While this undoubtablely falls into the 'chick lit' category, the storyline is rather darker than your average girly novel and you can't guess what the outcome will be until the very last chapter.

      The story is told through a 30 year old sucessful female lawyer living in New York, Rachel. Her best friend from school is Darcy, 4 months her junior. Despite herself being an independant woman with a 6 figure salary, great friends and the means to spend summer weekends in the Hamptons, Rachel has always felt inferior to the stunning, equally sucessful Darcy who has appeared to lead a charmed life. Never the less the two are very close, so much so that Rachel has been asked to be Darcy's maid of honour at her forthcoming wedding. However, when Rachel falls in love and into bed with Darcy's fiance Dex, life looks like it's about to get a lot more complicated.

      Throughout, the characters are entirely believeable and Emily Giffin manages to portray Rachel in such a sympathetic light that by the end of the book you are rooting for her and Dex rather than Darcy, who at the end of the day is the one betrayed by both her best friend and her fiance. References and anecdotes from Rachel and Darcy's shared childhood help you to understand Rachel's loyalty for her friend, even though from the outset Darcy is shown to be self centred and manipulative - not necessarily a person you would want to be best friends with. The minor characters in the story, Evan, Claire, Marcus and Hilary, and Rachel's relationships with them add colour and also give us alternative perspectives on the central moral dilema.

      While the style of writing feels lighthearted this novel does raise a lot of issues surrounding relationships such as "is it ever right to sleep with another womans man" and "which is more important, love or friendship" forcing the reader to think about what they would do were they in Rachel's shoes. It is a brave attempt to break away from the boy meets girl, boy and girl get together, they have a minor misunderstanding, make up and live happily ever after plotline which so many novels in this genre follow.

      All in all this is a great read, especially for the beach or for travelling. If you like Marion Keyes, Jane Green or Faith Bleasdale get yourself a copy - I'm sure you won't regret it.

      (Review previously published on Ciao)

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        04.02.2008 13:27
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        Scandalous!

        This was a book I got for Christmas and I was actually really looking forward to read this as it seemed right up my street for a trashy chick-lit novel.

        THE STORY
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        Rachael is a 29 year old single woman working for a top law firm in New York. Her 30th birthday is creeping up on her so fast that she suddenly realises she hasn't really done much with her life. She hasn't had wild one night stands with random men she met at a bar, she hasn't had those out of control relationships that are passionate but will never work and she's never really been spontaneous. Her child-hood best friend, Darcy, has done all of those things and her 30th birthday is just afew months after Rachael's.

        Rachael starts to look at her best friend in a completely different light. She starts to become a little envious of her life. She's thin, gorgeous, confident and has all the best things. She has a job at a PR firm that she never really has to work hard at, and she also has a boyfriend, or soon to be husband, that is just the perfect catch. His name is Dex and he was introduced to Darcy by Rachael when they met at law school afew years ago.

        On the eve of Rachael's 30th, she and Dex are the only ones left from the surprise party that Darcy threw. They end up talking, drinking and seeing one another in a new light. The inevitable happens. Dex and Rachael wake up in each others arms, remembering that they slept together the night before, and deeply regretting betraying Darcy. But do they feel guilty?

        MY OPINION
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        This, for me, was chick-lit writing at it's best. When I read the blurb for this book, I was really excited about reading it. I love stories about betrayal, secrets and lies and this book delivered with all three. This is Emily Giffin's debut novel and she has certainly made a great reputation for herself with this excellent first novel.

        Her structure of writing is excellent, this really is a nice, easy read that flows together so well. Sometimes when I read a book, my eyes get abit funny when I am reading pages and pages of text and I end up re-reading certain paragraphs because I didn't understand it the first time. With this book, I never did that because each paragraph, each chapter, is put together so well.

        Emily really draws you into the characters. Rachael is the average single working woman and Emily portrays her brilliantly, detailing her thoughts throughout the book. Most women that read this will feel a connection with Rachael's character as she is the one who feels lost, lonely, confused and envious of their friend who always gets what she wants. As you progress through the book, you will start to realise that we've all known a 'Darcy' in our lives at some point. The one who always gets the boys, the one who always gets the money and the one who always gets the perfect figure. Yes we've all known a girl like that at some point in our lives which makes us favour Rachael over Darcy.

        However, saying that, I mustn't forget that Rachael has done a terrible thing by sleeping with her best friends fiancé! I do not condone affairs at all, they are awful things, but somehow in this novel, Emily Giffin makes you side with Rachael all the time. Yes she has committed the ultimate betrayal in a friendship, but as the book progresses, you find out things about Rachael and Darcy's childhood and how Darcy was a little bitch at times and did some really hurtful things to Rachael.

        There are secrets in everybody's closet and this book is prime example of that. Just when you think you know what's going on, there is a little twist in the tale that made me gasp and I love it when a book can do that to me. Each character in this book is described beautifully and you have a perfect image in your head of what you would imagine them to look like, which is a definite must-have in a book like this.

        There wasn't really anything I disliked about this book to be quite honest. It kept me glued the whole way through and I finished it in about 4 evenings. I suppose one disadvantage could be that you know there are going to be two different ways the book could end, so there is no real surprise factor, but really, I am just niggling at the smallest things there!

        All in all, this book was an excellent read and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it from start to finished. The characters are brilliant and the chemistry that Emily Giffin builds is just perfect. An excellent chick-lit novel that I would recommend to anyone looking for a girly read.

        EXTRA INFORMATION
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        Pages - 400
        Publisher - Arrow Books Ltd (17th June 2004)
        Paperback

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        Emily Giffin has written her second novel, titled "Something Blue" which follows Darcy's story. This is the continuation to "Something Borrowed", which takes us through the aftermath of the first novel.

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        Rachel Miller and Darcy Rhone have been best friends since childhood. They've shared birthdays, the horrors of high school and even boyfriends, but while Darcy is the sort of woman who breezes through life getting what she wants when she wants it, Rachel has always played by the rules and watched her stunning best friend steal the limelight. The one thing Rachel's always had over Darcy is the four-month age-gap which meant she was first to being a teenager, first to drive, first to everything ...but now she's about to be first to thirty. And Darcy still has a charmed life. On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Rachel is shocked to find herself questioning the status quo. How come Darcy gets a glamorous job at a PR firm and the perfect boyfriend, while Rachel grinds away at her despised job as an attorney and remains painfully single. Is it just luck? Or, looking back at their friendship and their lives together, is it a bit more complicated than that? Then an accidental fling complicated everything, and it's time for Rachel to make a few hard choices. And she's forced to learn that sometimes true love comes at a price.