Jul 5, 2011

The Weeknight Book Club:Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin.

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The Weeknight Book Club is back!  It's been a while so humble apologies if you've been missing my book reviews.  There's been one thing then another that's kept me from my Kindle and I finally got some reading done on the weekend.

Hostess of the Humble Bungalow, in answer to your question a few days back, Something Borrowed was the racy chick lit novel I was devouring over the weekend.  This was the first Emily Giffin novel that I've read and I was so relieved to read on her wiki page that there are 4 more novels for me to catch up on!  I'm hitting Amazon the moment dinner is done tonight.  Something Blue is the sequel to Something Borrowed.

Rachel White is the good girl from small town Indiana who's trying to make a successful life for herself in New York City as a lawyer in a large law firm.  Her best friend forever (or so it seems), Darcy Rhone is also living in the city.  Darcy leads a charmed life.  She's beautiful, she knows it and wants the world to simply give her what is her due.  Wherever she goes and whatever she does, Darcy Rhone will always be the centre of attention (good and bad).

Darcy is engaged to her long time boyfriend, Dex.  She and Dex actually met through Rachel.  The wedding plans are in full throttle and Rachel, naturally is the maid of honour. 

Then the unthinkable happens, second fiddle, less physically attractive Rachel sleeps with Dex.  They are at first consumed by guilt but cannot stop what they've started.  What unfolds after that first night is a roller coaster ride of emotions for Rachel as she finally starts to be more assertive and sees Darcy for the kind of woman she really is.

At the risk of sounding like a smug married woman (about the only aspect of womanhood I can lay any claim to smugness over at the moment so allow me my smug moment in the sun), Something Borrowed took me on a sharply written journey into the mind and life of a single girl whose situation is so foreign to mine. 

Giffin wrote Rachel's character with great empathy and intelligence I was team Rachel from that first night between Dex and she.  Giffin takes us beyond the 'what if...' and into the 'now it's happened, what next?' of a modern day affair.  And she kept me eager to read every little detail.  Expect surprise twists and high drama when the plot themes are resolved.  I'm also a big fan of the New York City lifestyle that provides a vivid backdrop to the interpersonal dramas.

If I have any criticism of the novel, it's Darcy.  She is such an annoying character with little to redeem herself with. 

Something Borrowed was made into a film and released earlier this year.  Ginnifer Goodwin plays Rachel and Kate Hudson plays Darcy.  The film was produced by Hillary Swank's company.  Despite the strong cast, I'm not sure if I want to see the film.  What if it spoils the book for me?

To sum up, Something Borrowed is a great, slightly racy read for those times when you're looking for a bit of drama and angst in your chick lit. 

I hope you enjoy reading it.  Let me know how your thoughts.


  1. The movie was disappointing, I wouldn't. Let me know what Something Blue is like - I'd love to know what happens next!

  2. I love a good chick lit novel:) Sounds like this one will be perfect for my vacation! Thanks for sharing!

  3. SSG- too funny!! I JUST read Emily Griffin's "love the one your with" on the weekend & currently reading "Babyproof"! both better than expected Ozjane

  4. Thanks for the review SSG, this is on my read list so will get cracking :)

  5. Hi SSG, I really wanted to see the movie, however you have inspired me to read the book first. I will definitely put it on my Amazon book list. Fifi


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