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Something Borrowed: A Novel

byEmily Giffin

Mass Market Paperback | March 27, 2012

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Something Borrowed

Emily Giffin

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.

Heather's Review

Something Borrowed is the story of a smart young woman in New York who falls in love with her best friend's fiancé. Instead of not liking her, which I might be expected to do, I found myself totally rooting for her. This book will never be confused with a great literary endeavour but you will have a blast reading it. It is a breezy, ...

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Emily Giffin is the author of several New York Times bestselling novels, including Something Borrowed, which has been adapted as a major motion picture. A graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law, she lives in Atlanta with her family.
Title:Something Borrowed: A NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 6.8 × 4.22 × 1.11 inPublished:March 27, 2012Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Good Surprise I "stole" this book from my sister, and I must say I was definitely surprised! I had never been interested in novels such as this one, but this book kept calling out to me.. This was the novel that definitely captivated me. Emily Giffin's writing is superb and the story is definitely for the girl who loves her chick flicks. A great novel to just unwind with!
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun read If you're looking for a rom-com feel read, this is it. It was a fun, light read for me. I enjoyed the movie, so I loved reading the book. It's not thought-provoking or anything, it was just enjoyable. It had it's laughs and heart break and the happy ending.
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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh This was ok but nothing spectacular.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed Really enjoyed this book. Emily Giffin is a great writer and creates fun characters that are likable and easy to relate to. #plumreview
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great fun read Great book and very interesting concept! Loved Darcy for her love of spotlight and loved Rachel for her fear of being seen.
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Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute read I like these books, enjoyed the movie
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Date published: 2017-03-23
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Date published: 2016-12-20
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Date published: 2016-12-16
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from AMAZING I am guilty of watching the movie first but am I ever glad that I picked this little beauty up. This book is definitely my guilty pleasure. I would definitely recommend this for a nice relaxing escape from everyday life.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book and movie! I read the book after I watched the movie and both were wonderfully executed.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from huh? I'm not quiiiiiiite sure what the message was in this book. If Darcy had been a better friend to Rachel, would cheating with Darcy's fiance suddenly be a bad idea? I'm just concerned about the level of girl hate that mounted up during this novel. Is it suddenly okay to hurt other people because these people were bratty to us as children? I honestly don't really get where this author is coming from.
Date published: 2016-11-25
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Date published: 2016-11-24
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Date published: 2016-11-22
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Date published: 2016-11-20
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Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The start of something amazing! This was the first Emily Giffin novel that I ever read, and it was the start of a never ending love of Emily's books. Well written with such fun characters and a great story line. You'll get dragged right into Darcy and Rachels friendship, and you'll never want to put down the book it's that good! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT. Just a fun read! Everyone knows they have longed for a friends partner and often you and your bestie do share everything.... But how much is too much. The tale of Rachel and Darcy is one you want to talk about with your best friend and hope to never find yourself in their shoes.
Date published: 2016-11-09
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Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Standard but enjoyable chick lit I breezed through this, and enjoyed it in that not-having-to-think way that I enjoyed the first few Shopaholic books before they got repetitive and infuriating. The characters are fairly likeable despite their flaws, and you get to read the other side of the story in Something Blue. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-05
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Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't waste your money There was noting good about this novel. The narrator is a spineless coward who justifies screwing her best friends fiancé. Darcy was far from perfect, but Dex and Rachel were despicable characters that should not be liked by anyone.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! Great storyline, like a modern day fairytale. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Glorified cheating I don't understand why this novel is getting so much praise. It glorifies the idea that cheating is okay and if you happen to screw over a friend in the process, hey whatever! Rachel is infuriating. She is cavalier and stuck up and every girls nightmare. If she wanted Dex at the beginning she should have went for it. She introduced him to Darcy. Darcy is essentially equally as unlikable but Rachel made me want to throw this novel out of a window.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fast read but oh so boring! I bought this book thinking it will be like a Sophie Kinsella book. A girl book, easy to read but funny. Oh my was I wrong!!! This book was very boring and the characters...the characters are so shallow with not a lot of description to make a good portrait of everybody. And can you call Darcy a friend seriously? I don't know if it was the point of the author to make us hate her so much but I did. I did not understand how can Darcy and Rachel could be friends, they are so different. Anyway, it is an easy read but it does not make me wanna buy the other books since I did not really enjoy this one.
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin is an excellent book! I ended up purchasing the rest of her books.
Date published: 2015-09-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay, but lacked depth. The characters seemed shallow. The second book had more depth to it. I enjoyed the read as a mindless easy read, but enjoyed the second one better.
Date published: 2015-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something borrowed This book was a fun light summer vacation reading. Best for sitting at the beach soaking up the sun and being a part of the lives of these crazy charectors.
Date published: 2015-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from boring characters Ethan and Hillary were the only characters that I liked. Everyone else were so annoying. No character development for any of them. Dex and Rachel were both spineless. The story itself was good although cheating is never OK no matter then circumstances
Date published: 2015-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Good I picked up with this book because the movie was coming out. And I'm a sucker of challenging myself to read it before I see the story on the big screen. The story is about Darcy and Rachel, two best friends since time could tell, from the same hometown and somehow they find each other in a love triangle. I liked the story because it shows that not necessarily all relationships are good because they are old. It portrayed a very co-dependent and toxic relationship between the best of friends. It was a fun book to read for sure.
Date published: 2014-11-12
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Date published: 2014-10-28
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Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea It was boring the story dragged and it was repetitive wasn't for me
Date published: 2014-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Read I bought this book when I went on vacation to read on the beach. It was a really easy read and kept me interested from the start. I liked both the pacing and the writing. I didn't like Rachel's character and I feel that we were supposed to hate Darcy from the start and feel like Rachel was in the right. I felt really bad for Darcy throughout the book. I found Rachel's character to be really boring and selfish. I also have to agree with another reviewer that the other characters in the book were quite boring and I wish they were developed a bit more. All in all it was a great read and I definitely recommend it to someone looking to read something with a bit of drama in it.
Date published: 2014-05-28
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Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea A highly entertaining, engrossing novel about a woman who falls in love with her best friend's fiance. As horrible as the scenario seems, you can't help but relate to and sympathize for Rachel in this moving and at times hilarious novel. 'Something Borrowed' is far from the typical chick-lit books in its genres, and is one of the best books I've ever read.
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea I loved this book. I need a book to grab me from the beginning or I'm not interested....this book did just that. I couldn't wait to read Something Blue. Great read.
Date published: 2014-02-02
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Date published: 2014-02-01
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Date published: 2014-02-01
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Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea I picked this book up for a beach read, but it stuck around in my brain long after my holiday had finished. This book explores an interesting moral situation - what do you when you and your best friend's fiance fall in love? Emily Giffin prevents this tale from becoming too fraught and angsty by making Darcy difficult to like, thus making the reader sympathise all the more with Rachel. The romance between Rachel and Dex is both grand and nuanced - I really found myself rooting for them against my better judgement. With its sequel, Something Blue, Giffin looks at life-long female friendships, and what happens when the "beta" friend decides she's had enough.
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea I love the way Emily Giffin writes her novels. You fall in love with the characters and go through each of their experiences with them. I have read all her books but I have to say this one is my favorite!
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea I couldn't put this book down. Giffin dpes an amazing job of bringing her characters to life and making you feel for them. This is a fast paced, non-stop book full of excitement, humor and surprises.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea A juicy novel filled with unimaginable drama. Simply a novel that can't be put down; better than the movie!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping I found myself reading instead of normal day to day activities just to see what crazy romantic drama happened next. Can't wait to read Something Blue!
Date published: 2013-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping Loved it! Couldn't put it down, so much better than the movie.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I am a huge fan of the author Emily Giffin. She has written five blockbuster novels and has just released her sixth. Her books are in the romance fiction category. Some people call the books, “chick lit.” I have not yet read the sixth book, but I cannot wait to buy it. Her stories mostly involve love/hate relationships, which a lot of us can relate to. Her first novel, Something Borrowed, is also a movie. My favourite is her first. I could not put it down. It is fun and emotional and the movie is also. I have been waiting a couple years for her next book and it is finally here!
Date published: 2012-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from All women will enjoy! A true “chick-lit”, this light and easy to follow novel is perfect for a quick read, or as I read my copy, on a weeklong camping trip. This novel is a fun, emotional, and makes you think about where your priorities lie. When the main character realizes her true feelings for her best friend’s fiancé, Emily Griffins writing leaves you wanting to turn the next page to find out what will happen to the characters next. A great read for teens right up to adults, this story asks the audience, which could you live with breaking, friendship or true love?
Date published: 2012-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Light Read After seeing and loving the movie, my friend recommended that I read the book. So I happily dove in. The thing I love about this book is that although the rational part of your brain is telling you that taking Rachel's side is morally wrong, I found myself on Rachel's side from the get go. The book was a light and quick read. A perfect beach read or way to spend your sunday curled up on the couch. As far as chick-lit goes I love this.
Date published: 2011-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good, Light Story I needed a light, easy read and this book delivered. However it wasn’t so light that it was boring, I found it to be quite the page turner at times. I liked the characters and related to Rachel (only in the way that we suffer from being goody-two-shoes) and I liked that she progressed, she got some attitude near the end of the book. Overall I really liked it and I am considering reading the next book in the series.
Date published: 2011-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Refreshing! I got this book as a gift for my birthday 3 years ago and decided to give it a try. I was never interested by that kind books and I always read fantasy or Sci-Fi. ''Something Borrowed'' was fun to read. I went from laughing to crying and I just coudn't put it down. Very good book!
Date published: 2011-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from liked it! I liked this one but not as much as Sth Blue. I felt like more happened in the 2nd one but this one was good too as it introduces the characters, the main events and the friendship relationships between the characters.
Date published: 2011-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The ugly truth about falling in Love Giffin does an amazing job at writing a pleasant love story with such a moral dilemma. She captures the humanity and complexity of falling in love. Sometimes it doesn't happen like a fairy tale, sometimes it's complex, and most times you can't help who you fall in love with or the circumstances in which falling in love can occur. This book captures the essence of those complexities in a lighthearted way. And if you give the sequel a try (which I highly recommend), you'll find hope that there's someone out there for anyone....even Darcy and also find faith in forgiveness. I also felt that there was a greater lesson to learn on friendship rather than love in both books. A nice lighthearted read, not to be taken so literally but to ponder 'what if's' and the consequences of the decisions made because of them.
Date published: 2011-05-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No Thanks Review First Published at I picked this up a couple weeks ago and read it immediately (which doesn't happen often/ever). But the movie had come out and I wanted to read the book before seeing the film. I was excited about the movie because the trailer, which I dedicated a post to. Anywho.. I haven't seen the movie and I am not sure that I will, now that I have read the book. I was not at all happy with this book. First let me say. It was pretty boring. The main character-Rachel- is a work-aholic 30 year old single woman, who hates her job. Yeah that sounds like buckets of fun. So the story starts out with Rachel's best friend Darcy throwing her a birthday party. Where Darcy is, Dex is. Who is Dex? Dex is Darcy's fiance who she met through Rachel and whom Rachel is secretly in love with, and has been for a while. Darcy goes home early from the party due to extreme drunkenness. Dex and Rachel end up leaving the party together to go to another bar and end up in bed together later that night. Poor Darcy. So up till this point I was fairly entertained with Something Borrowed. I went on reading thinking that I was going to read a funny account of how Rachel was going to have to keep this indiscretion from Darcy, and the awkwardness between her and Dex. But that is not what I got. What I got was a full blown affair between Dex and Rachel. Complete with sneaking around and lies. I was horrified. Did I mention that Rachel is supposed to be the Maid of Honour at their wedding. I am in no way a prude. But I found the plot to be terrible. Really. I am not a fan of infidelity, and I definitely don't like when it's glorified. I feel like this book totally glorified affairs. Especially in the end. I probably could have handled this book if there was a bit more humour involved. But there wasn't any. There were no laugh out loud moments. I did not like Emily Giffin's writing. It lacked character. For me it was flat and emotionless. I found her character's incredibly selfish. Dex was a putz. I DID NOT him. Not at all. He was whiny and the most selfish man I have ever read about. I shake my head at the thought of him. I guess, in the end I did not like this book, and I am sad that I read it. The only reason I finished it was because I wanted to know how the two got busted. It was a waste of time. The writing was bad, the plot was bad, the characters were bad. I will not be reading Something Blue or anything else by Emily Giffin.
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! I enjoyed reading this book. It was funny and Rachel's character was so relatable. I'm looking forward to reading the other books by Emily Giffin.
Date published: 2011-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Glad I Borrowed I just finished this book and usually this wouldn't be my choice of genre but I have to say that i'm pleased that I did take the opportunity to read it. The story was well written and I found myself able to relate to the characters.. the novel gets you to think twice about what you really think is right and what is wrong... The novel itself took the time to develop each character .. like everyone said the ending was a big rushed but very action packed. Looking forward to the next.
Date published: 2010-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fun Read I enjoyed this very much.
Date published: 2010-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Entertaining I had no intention of reading this book, but after I couldn't find any good reads I decided to give it a chance. I'm so glad I did. It was absolutely wonderful. The ending was a bit rushed, but how often do you find a book that's one hundred percent perfect? I can't wait to read the next by Emily Giffin.
Date published: 2010-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Loved It This is the first book I have read by Emily Giffin so I wasn't sure what to expect. I really enjoyed the book. Nice light summertime reading. Can't wait now to read Something Blue.
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Well-written, thought-provoking story, but... When I first started reading this book, I thought it was very well-written and I could really picture the characters. When I got into the crux of the story and finished the book, I think I was a bit uncomfortable with the subject matter. I didn't feel sorry for the heroine at all, even though she makes you want to feel sorry for her. Even though her friend was the victim, I hated her for being so shallow. The whole thing reminded me of high school drama (fighting over a guy that your friend is dating) and these characters are all seemingly in their late twenties or early thirties. The sequel, Something Blue, is the continuation of the story from the victim's perspective, and while I was sympathetic to the victim in that book, I was annoyed with her there as well as in this book.
Date published: 2009-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Expect the Unexpected Don't think you know what's going to happen after reading the back cover. Before you read this book, do not assume that you know what's going to happen. You love who you're supposed to hate, and hate who you're supposed to love. This book makes the reader look at life in a totally different prespective, think deeply about the values of friendship and decide what the real story is. Expect the unexpected.
Date published: 2009-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Giffin is a master of character development Like everyone else, when I read the description of this book I thought, "I'm going to hate this girl." But by the end I found myself cheering for Rachel, knowing that she wasn't a bad person, she was just in a bad situation. There's a quote from a review on the book cover that says you don't have to lust after your best friend's guy to enjoy this story, and it's so true. If you've ever been in an unequal friendship, if you've ever been the underdog, if you've ever come so close to and then lost something you wanted, you'll totally get this book.
Date published: 2009-12-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just like many others. This book is full of clichés. I think like the majority of people I decided to read the book due to its reviews. Although the beginning was entertaining, the author lost my attention when the plot turned out to be dull, predictable, and cheesy. As per my opinion Griffin should of remained a lawyer.
Date published: 2009-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Loved this book! I'm not usually into novels, but after quite a few people recommended it to me, gave it a try. It's one of those books you hate to love! I think that it was very well balanced, and kept me very entertained!
Date published: 2009-10-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nothing special about this novel. I bought this book due to its great reviews and numerous recommendations. While the description and title are quite interesting, the plot is what I would call "stale". The story is very cliche and quite predictable. I have read a number of books with the same story line which made this novel very dull and unoriginal. The heroine of this novel is selfish, deceitful, and not worthy of a friend. The supporting characters are very boring and had absolutely no personality. I found that half the book consisted of the heroine babbling on about her past, in an attempt to make the readers feel sorry for her and eventually dislike her best friend Darcy. A great story usually reaches out to me but "Something Borrowed" did not evoke any emotions from within me at all. I have only finished reading the book last night and as of this moment, I have pretty much forgotten the events and characters in the novel. That's how much I didn't care for the story at all. I picked up "Something Blue" at the same time I got "Something Borrowed" but I doubt I will be reading the sequel anytime soon, if at all.
Date published: 2009-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great summer reading I really enjoyed reading this book. I can't wait for the next installment "Something Blue". I must admit that I didn't really like the main character - as she was the other woman. I felt she was justifying her own poor judgement. However, the book kept me interested from the first page until the last.
Date published: 2009-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read This is the first Emily Giffin novel I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it, staying up way too late to finish it the day I started it. It's easy to read and well paced. I recommend it to any 'thirtysomething' woman.
Date published: 2009-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bitter Sweet Really really good. I was reading it thinking it was just going to be ready candy -- an easy, semi-decent novel to fill my time on bus rides and free time at work, but I actually really became attached to it. This is not my typical choice in perfered reads but still I enjoyed the style and story behind it. I have bought the next one "Something Blue" and have already started reading it.
Date published: 2009-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book! This was a great book! You can't help rooting for rachel and dex regardless of the "pickle" they are in. Can't wait to read Something Blue!
Date published: 2009-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Love this book...keeps you interested until the end!!!
Date published: 2009-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drama filled...AMAZING! The accurate way for me to describe this book is that it is drama filled and makes you crave more. I could not put this book down because I was always wondering what was going to happen next, and I had to find out. The way Emily Griffin describes the characters in the book also allows you to somewhat relate yourself or someone you know to the characters in this particular book. Darcy is the girl that everyone else envies; she has it all and gets everything she wants. Rachel is an average looking girl that was always underestimated, especially by her best friend Rachel until Dex; Darcy’s fiancée who is described as a guy that has it all; great looking, beautiful fiancée, and a great job acts on how he has always felt about Rachel. But Rachel had always thought that Dex was way out of her league especially because her “perfect” best friend Rachel was engaged to him. This book really gives readers a glimpse of the whole cheating process with the deception and all of the emotions one can go through. This book also gets you to side with and sympathize for the people you would not expect to, and leave you questioning people’s values. It gets you thinking about what a true friendship is or should be, and what true love should be like. I think it was such a great book because something like this actually can happen in someone’s life, and makes you think about certain decisions that you make. This book is a must read
Date published: 2009-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I absolutely loved this book. Simply exciting and romantic! Although the narrator has an affair with her best friends fiance, which is something I normally would not be comfortable with, I found myself becoming her cheerleader. I wanted nothing more than for Rachel to be successful in her relationship with Dex. Wow! I can't wait to read Something Blue!
Date published: 2009-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I didn't expect to enjoy it I didn't expect to enjoy a book with such a shallow plot as stealing your best friend's fiance. But I admit, I wanted to root for Rachel, the braniac with average looks and very little self confidence. On the surface, this is a romantic story in which the heroine finds true love. On a deeper level, it is about the realization that Rachel's life long friendship with Darcy was shallow, destructive and rooted in jealousy. Rachel's moral agony over her affair with Dex is the catalyst for this realization.
Date published: 2008-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! I absolutely loved it and I couldn't put it down! I highly recommend this book as well as all of Emily Giffin others!
Date published: 2008-12-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Smart Title I realized this was a pretty smart title after reading the description of this book, and that is all I can praise about it. I actually found the heroine a bit annoying. She keeps putting blame on someone else other than stepping back and analyzing her own actions. What's worse is that the other characters seem to concur with her, making her seem like the innocent, mistreated little Cinderella. Not to mention that the male lead in this novel seems to have no personality of his own. The characters just spoiled the book for me.
Date published: 2008-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Obsolutly Loved this book I could not put it down. I would reccomend this book to anyone. It is your romance, (but not to mushy), and drama all in one!
Date published: 2008-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overrated! The only reason I'm giving this book the favour of 3 stars is because it wasa page turner... I kept reading in hopes that one of the characters would finally grow some confidence and stand up for themselves... never happened! Besides the clear fact that this book is based on the immoral plot of a girl (Racheal) that stabs her best friend in the back by taking her fiance, what's worse is that the charaters are pathetic. I could not relate to any of them... thanks goodness! I'm about to start the continuation, Something Blue... I hope it's better and more deserving of the hype this series has created.
Date published: 2008-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! This is a really good book but be sure to read Something Blue after - kind of a sequel to it - this was better than Something Blue - a really well written book.
Date published: 2008-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! For rarely reading any books in my lifetime, My friend decided to lend me her book to read. I HAVE NOT been able to put this book down since I started reading it. I will read all Emilys books for sure. IT IS A MUST READ!!!
Date published: 2008-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful when you think you have found the one you will marry, you might want to think twice. Two BFF's are inlove with the same guy, Darcy is engaged to him and Rachel is starting to fall for him. Which one will he pick and which one will cry? This book is for people who love drama. Lots of things happen that make you wonder if your BFF if digging you guy.
Date published: 2008-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Awesome Read !!!" I bought this book based on a review I had read... I am very glad I did. I could not put it down !!!! I have since bought Something Blue & Baby Proof & can't wait to read them !!!
Date published: 2008-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful read The characters are so well defined and the story line is easy to follow. WOuld recommend it.
Date published: 2008-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from trully a treat to read I enjoyed every moment of this book. You question yourself about true friendship and true love throughout the story. A pleasure to read. WOuld recommend to all my girlfriends for light reading
Date published: 2008-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from SomeONE Borrowed! Loved it! I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did - made me step outside the box and start thinking that not all affairs are black and white. While no one ever wants to listen to the "home wrecker's" point of view, Griffin takes us through the eyes of Rachel, the 'plain Jane' who steals her best friend of more than a decade's fiance.
Date published: 2008-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! LOVED THIS!
Date published: 2008-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome This book was awesome and i cannot wait to read more of hers.
Date published: 2008-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light & Entertaining This is a great novel for summer reading - or any time you just need a light read. The story was easy to get into and once I did I couldn't put the book down. However, I had a hard time liking the main character, Rachel, because she sleeps with her best-friend's fiance. I came around though and was cheering for Rachel by the middle of the novel. It's a fun story that woman of all ages can relate to (or at least any woman that has lived through or is about to live through their 20s and early 30s). I suppose it is classified as "chic lit" but it was still a great read!
Date published: 2008-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I started reading this book not knowing what it was about and also because I didn't know what else to read....It was a great story and I could not put it down! If you like funny, cute, love book, this is the one! You will also want to read the second part to this story "Something Blue".
Date published: 2008-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read In this book you actually like the other women. Rachel and Darcy are best friends but it seems that Darcy is always trying to beat Rachel at some game but it's just her that playing.
Date published: 2008-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You won't be disappointed! Had me hooked from Chapter one.Really liked it ! Easy reading and you really get to know each character .Had me cheering for Rachel .You go girl ! Can't wait until I get her next book. A must read !
Date published: 2008-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Something Borrowed is a compelling story about a woman and her best friend facing the realization of being in their 30's.Emily Giffin started an amazing series that leaves you wanting more. I could not put the book down. Relationships, jealousy, best friends and betrayal. What more could you ask for?
Date published: 2008-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HILARIOUS I could not stop reading from the minute I opened this book. Intriguing and funny, just a good book to take you out of the real world and into a twisted love affair between two best friends.
Date published: 2008-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. This book is the best. It different from other chic lits I've read. It has soul and depth but not overly dramatic. I definitely would recommend this book. Loved it from the beginning til the end.
Date published: 2008-03-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A little disappointing.... This book was alright. The storyline was interesting but I really was disappointed with her writing style.
Date published: 2008-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved it I really enjoyed reading this book. I honestly could not put it down. Do not read this book if you have other obligations that you must attend to first. I had school work to do, but I just had to finish the book instead, its that good!
Date published: 2008-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Hard to Put Down" This book was incredibly hard to put down! Unfortunately for me, I chose to read it on my trip to Australia where I was visiting relatives. This was fine until I got there, then I had to read it well into the wee hours of the morning, so as not to appear rude, it's just that good. It's also wonderfully laugh-out-loud funny, which caused my mother to want to read it when it was done :-)
Date published: 2008-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow!! What a great book! Fresh and interesting; it kept me going from cover to cover without putting it down. Great characters; no doubt you'll identify yourself with one of them. I definietly recommend it. Can't wait to start on "Something Blue".
Date published: 2008-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Summer Read Emily Giffin in a great author. Her books are easy to relate to and you can live vicariously through her characters. Her writing style is simple and easy to read, perfect for a glass of wine and a warm summer night!! Can;t wait for her new book to come out in May!
Date published: 2008-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I couldn't put this book down, it's a fun loving book that allows you to feel the way that Rachel feels. One has a different perspective as to how real love is.
Date published: 2008-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastically Written! I literally finished this book, cover to cover, within an afternoon. It was SO well written, and the main character is easy to relate to in her quirky ways. I recommend this book for young women looking for that "thing" to define them - an event or big change and striving for the ability to actually DO IT!
Date published: 2008-01-19

Editorial Reviews

"A modern-day Jane Austen." -Vanity Fair"What kind of self-described 'nice girl' would sleep with her best friend's fiancé? One who's seriously flawed, like this delightful debut novel's heroine, but also surprisingly winning and real." -Glamour"This page-turning, heartbreakingly honest debut.deftly depicts the hopeful hearts behind an unsympathetic situation." -Entertainment Weekly"Both hilarious and thoughtfully written, resisting the frequent tendency of first-time novelists to make their characters and situations a little too black-and-white. You may never think of friendships - their duties, the oblique dances of power and their give-and-take - quite the same way again." -Seattle Times"A thrill to read. " -Washington Post"Sharply observed and beautifully etched." -Newark Star-Ledger"Dead-on dialogue, real-life complexity and genuine warmth." -Seattle Post-Intelligencer"Forget 'Bergdorf Blondes.' The [book] you want in your bag this year is Emily Giffin's SOMETHING BORROWED. It's smarter, less arch and more believable. The characters are authentic. Best of all, SOMETHING BORROWED captures what it's like to be 30 and single in the city, when your life pretty much revolves around friendships and love and their attendant complexities." -San Francisco Chronicle