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ISBN13: 9780312321192
ISBN10: 0312321198
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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.

Review:

"An unexpected love affair threatens a long-lived friendship in this soap opera — like debut from Atlanta ex-lawyer Giffin. Since elementary school, Rachel and Darcy have been best friends, with Darcy always outshining Rachel. While single Rachel is the self-confessed good girl, an attorney trapped at a suffocating New York law firm, Darcy is the complete opposite, a stereotypical outgoing publicist, planning a wedding with the handsome Dex. After Rachel's 30th birthday party, she knocks back one drink too many and winds up in bed with Dex. Instead of feeling guilty about sleeping with her best friend's fianc, Rachel realizes that Dex is the only man she's really loved, and that she's always resented manipulative Darcy. Rachel and Dex spend a few weekends in the city together 'working' while Darcy's off with friends at a Hamptons beach share, but finally Rachel realizes she'll have to give Dex an ultimatum. The flip job Giffin pulls off — here it's the cheaters who're sympathetic (more or less) — gives Dex and Rachel's otherwise ordinary affair extra edge. Rachel would be a more appealing heroine if she were less whiny about her job and her romantic prospects, and rambling dialogue slows the story's pace, but this is an enjoyable beach read — one that'll make readers cast a suspicious eye on best friends and boyfriends who seem to get along just a little too well. Agent, Stephany Evans. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"A surprise twist at the end seamlessly wraps up this fast-paced, enjoyable read." Library Journal

Synopsis:

"Compelling, engrossing — I absolutely loved this book and read it in two sittings because I could not put it down."

- Marian Keyes, author of Sushi for Beginners

"A luxurious page-turner...that marks the arrival of a tremendously bright, clever new voice."

- Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, author of The Dirty Girls Social Club

"A deftly written and convincing tale of friendship gone comically — at at times poignantly — awry."

- Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries

"A winner; it has rare emotional depth."

- Valerie Frankel, author of The Accidental Virgin

Synopsis:

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.

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.

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bookgirl94, April 2, 2011 (view all comments by bookgirl94)
I loved this, it was so good. I really enjoyed reading this and wish it had kept going. It was a fun and entertaining book.
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OneMansView, September 1, 2010 (view all comments by OneMansView)
Maybe something gained (3.5*s)

Sleeping with a best friend’s fiancée – that is the stuff of daytime sleaze TV, right? But the shock in this case is that Rachel, at age thirty, is Darcy’s childhood and current best friend, and for whom loyalty is second nature. They are both accomplished people living in NYC with a wide circle of common friends, hardly inclined towards sordid behavior. Rachel, though smarter, has always played second fiddle to Darcy’s lithe, good looks, her supreme confidence, and her sense of entitlement that permits her to diminish and use others, including Rachel.

Rachel had introduced Dexter, her hunky law school classmate, to Darcy many years before. Rachel, though attracted to Dexter, could never picture herself as worthy of Dexter. But a ride back to her apartment with Dexter after they both got smashed at her thirtieth birthday party turns her placid life upside down. Some obviously pent up emotions come rushing to the fore, almost unstoppable, but the harsh reality is that her best friend’s long-planned, big wedding is only months away and she is the maid of honor.

The affair takes on all the usual characteristics: concealment, the stolen hours and days, self-doubts, deciding who to take into confidence, etc. Sympathies do lie with Rachel having endured any number of sleights at the hands of Darcy through the years. As the wedding approaches far more quickly than can be imagined, this entire matter will have to be resolved. Factors of propriety, commitment, and strength of character and personality all interact for a most interesting conclusion.

The book is mainstream chick lit. Both the story and characters are fairly predictable, with Rachel garnering most of the attention. Nonetheless, it is a quick and pleasant read, another in the author’s insightful series of books on cracks in relationships.
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Jennmarie68, March 11, 2010 (view all comments by Jennmarie68)
I really liked this book even though it ended up being somewhat predictable. Right from the beginning I hated Darcy. I grew to not really like Dex all that much either. I still think that Rachel was wrong for sleeping with Dex but I also feel that Darcy had it coming. A lifetime of living the perfect life and only being a good friend to Rachel when it suited Darcy's tastes has to be rectified in some way.

I do think that most of the book was predictable, but I totally did not see what Darcy's confession was going to be until moments before it happened. Which made me HATE her even more.

I connected with Rachel right from the beginning and the whole time I'm hopping that she will just forget about Dex and move on with her own life and try to leave Darcy behind also.

I thought the story was believable and that Emily Giffin has a good hold on writing. I also liked that the story was written from just one point of view. I've read too many books lately that seem to tell the story from multiple viewpoints. I just don't think that would have worked for this story. A really good piece of Chick Lit!

I am going to read the next book in the series, simply because I did really enjoy this one, however being that it is written from Darcy's perspective I'm already not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did this one.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312321192
Author:
Giffin, Emily
Publisher:
Griffin
Subject:
General
Subject:
Single women
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Subject:
Risk-taking (Psychology)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
FIC044000
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Love stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.28 x 5.43 x 0.975 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "An unexpected love affair threatens a long-lived friendship in this soap opera — like debut from Atlanta ex-lawyer Giffin. Since elementary school, Rachel and Darcy have been best friends, with Darcy always outshining Rachel. While single Rachel is the self-confessed good girl, an attorney trapped at a suffocating New York law firm, Darcy is the complete opposite, a stereotypical outgoing publicist, planning a wedding with the handsome Dex. After Rachel's 30th birthday party, she knocks back one drink too many and winds up in bed with Dex. Instead of feeling guilty about sleeping with her best friend's fianc, Rachel realizes that Dex is the only man she's really loved, and that she's always resented manipulative Darcy. Rachel and Dex spend a few weekends in the city together 'working' while Darcy's off with friends at a Hamptons beach share, but finally Rachel realizes she'll have to give Dex an ultimatum. The flip job Giffin pulls off — here it's the cheaters who're sympathetic (more or less) — gives Dex and Rachel's otherwise ordinary affair extra edge. Rachel would be a more appealing heroine if she were less whiny about her job and her romantic prospects, and rambling dialogue slows the story's pace, but this is an enjoyable beach read — one that'll make readers cast a suspicious eye on best friends and boyfriends who seem to get along just a little too well. Agent, Stephany Evans. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "A surprise twist at the end seamlessly wraps up this fast-paced, enjoyable read."
"Synopsis" by ,
"Compelling, engrossing — I absolutely loved this book and read it in two sittings because I could not put it down."

- Marian Keyes, author of Sushi for Beginners

"A luxurious page-turner...that marks the arrival of a tremendously bright, clever new voice."

- Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, author of The Dirty Girls Social Club

"A deftly written and convincing tale of friendship gone comically — at at times poignantly — awry."

- Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries

"A winner; it has rare emotional depth."

- Valerie Frankel, author of The Accidental Virgin

"Synopsis" by ,
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.
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