Review : Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin
Pages : 322
Genre : chick lit
My Rating : 4/5

Rachel and Darcy have been friends since their childhood. Of the two, Darcy has always been the star of the story while Rachel watched on the sidelines, always doing the “right” thing. All this changes when, on the night of her thirtieth birthday, Darcy’s fiancé, Dexter, ends up in Rachel’s bed. Rachel, first terrified of their mistake being discovered by Darcy, soon realizes that night might not have been a mistake, after all; her feelings for Dexter are strong, and they then engage in an affair.

While the basics of the story are a little predictable, it is the characters of Something Borrowed that sets this book apart from the others of the genre. Griffin is excellent at making them realistic, loveable but not perfect, putting everything in perspective. You feel sorry for Darcy as much as you are annoyed by her attitude, and you feel sad for Rachel despite knowing what she is doing is wrong. I thought there was a great honesty in Rachel’s conflicted feelings and the way she described them, mostly avoiding self-pity;

Fear must supersede all other emotions – stifling shame or regret – because crazily enough, I do not seem to feel guilty about betraying my best friend. The only real guilt I can muster is guilt over not feeling guilty. But I will repent later, just as soon as I know that I am safe.

Quickly enough, I was rooting for her and Dexter to be together – maybe feeling a little guilty of it at first, feeling as if I was there patting Rachel on the shoulder, encouraging their hidden relationship. As their affair – and their love – evolves, this is also for Rachel the opportunity to re-evaluate her friendship with Darcy. She goes through the memories that link them together, from their childhood to the present, all the while living a double life: sleeping with Dexter on night, dining with Darcy the day after. 

As the reader soon discovers, Darcy’s frienship is as much a gift as it is a burden for Rachel. Darcy is self-centered, capricious and wants all eyes on her. She flirts with other men (but would never accept her man flirting with other girls), decides of everything and has absolutely no empathy for her friends. Not exactly the kind of friend you’d want to have. The more you discover of her temper, the less guilty you feel for rooting for her husband-to-be and his mistress. I won’t say I didn’t feel sorry for her at times though, and I am quite curious to read Something Blue, wich tells the story from her point of view. Can Griffin make her more loveable? Will her friendship with Rachel be repaired? What will she learn from this? Hopefully, the sequel will answer those questions.

Something Borrowed was definitely a fun read; it is fast-paced and real in the details, with great dialogues.  If you’re looking for a great chick lit with interesting characters, this might be just what you need!

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5 responses to “Review : Something Borrowed”

  1. Steph says :

    It’s been a while since I read this, but I think you pretty much nailed this one down. It’s both exactly what you’d expect, but also turns the genre on its head by having you sympathize with the people behaving badly (even if Rachel is neglected and overlooked, stealing her best friend’s fiancé is never ok). It’s fluffy and fun, but I also thought it reflected how complicated life can be, and the fact that in order to get a happy ending, you might have to sacrifice some things on the way. I never bothered to read Giffin’s subsequent novels, but I’ll look forward to your reviews!

  2. nat @ book, line, and sinker says :

    i saw this book reviewed on another blog and added it to my ‘beach books’ pile for the summer! i love to read quick, chick-lit when i’m off from school. something borrowed sounds like just what the doctor ordered after a harrowing school year with the savages! thanks!

  3. Megan says :

    Yay, so glad you liked it! It definitely had predictable aspects to it, but I loved it all the same. Definitely one of the best books in the chick lit genre I’ve read in forever! 🙂

  4. asphyxiatedonreality says :

    i’ve only watched the movie which was released recently, but i’m trying to get my hands on a paperback version. the books are usually the better versions, compared to the movies.

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