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Something Borrowed: A Novel

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Paperback | April 1, 2005

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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:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.48 × 0.97 inPublished:April 1, 2005Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Date published: 2016-12-16
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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
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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
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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
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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

Read from the Book

ONEI was in the fifth grade the first time I thought about turning thirty. My best friend Darcy and I came across a perpetual calendar in the back of the phone book, where you could look up any date in the future, and by using this little grid, determine what the day of the week would be. So we located our birthdays in the following year, mine in May and hers in September. I got Wednesday, a school night. She got a Friday. A small victory, but typical. Darcy was always the lucky one. Her skin tanned more quickly, her hair feathered more easily, and she didn't need braces. Her moonwalk was superior, as were her cart-wheels and her front handsprings (I couldn't do a handspring at all). She had a better sticker collection. More Michael Jackson pins. Forenza sweaters in turquoise, red, and peach (my mother allowed me none-said they were too trendy and expensive). And a pair of fifty-dollar Guess jeans with zippers at the ankles (ditto). Darcy had double-pierced ears and a sibling-even if it was just a brother, it was better than being an only child as I was.But at least I was a few months older and she would never quite catch up. That's when I decided to check out my thirtieth birthday-in a year so far away that it sounded like science fiction. It fell on a Sunday, which meant that my dashing husband and I would secure a responsible baby-sitter for our two (possibly three) children on that Saturday evening, dine at a fancy French restaurant with cloth napkins, and stay out past midnight, so technically we would be celebrating on my actual birthday. I would have just won a big case-somehow proven that an innocent man didn't do it. And my husband would toast me: "To Rachel, my beautiful wife, the mother of my children and the finest lawyer in Indy." I shared my fantasy with Darcy as we discovered that her thirtieth birthday fell on a Monday. Bummer for her. I watched her purse her lips as she processed this information."You know, Rachel, who cares what day of the week we turn thirty?" she said, shrugging a smooth, olive shoulder. "We'll be old by then. Birthdays don't matter when you get that old."I thought of my parents, who were in their thirties, and their lackluster approach to their own ochbirthdays. My dad had just given my mom a toaster for her birthday because ours broke the week before. The new one toasted four slices at a time instead of just two. It wasn't much of a gift. But my mom had seemed pleased enough with her new appliance; nowhere did I detect the disappointment that I felt when my Christmas stash didn't quite meet expectations. So Darcy was probably right. Fun stuff like birthdays wouldn't matter as much by the time we reached thirty.The next time I really thought about being thirty was our senior year in high school, when Darcy and I started watching the show Thirtysomething together. It wasn't one of our favorites-we preferred cheerful sit-coms like Who's the Boss? and Growing Pains-but we watched it anyway. My big problem with Thirtysomething was the whiny characters and their depressing issues that they seemed to bring upon themselves. I remember thinking that they should grow up, suck it up. Stop pondering the mean-ing of life and start making grocery lists. That was back when I thought my teenage years were dragging and my twenties would surely last for-ever.Then I reached my twenties. And the early twenties did seem to last forever. When I heard acquaintances a few years older lament the end of their youth, I felt smug, not yet in the danger zone myself. I had plenty of time. Until about age twenty-seven when the days of being carded were long gone and I began to marvel at the sudden acceleration of years (reminding myself of my mother's annual monologue as she pulled out our Christmas decorations) and the accompanying lines and stray gray hairs. At twenty-nine the real dread set in, and I realized that in a lot of ways I might as well be thirty. But not quite. Because I could still say that I was in my twenties. I still had something in common with college seniors.I realize thirty is just a number, that you're only as old as you feel and all of that. I also realize that in the grand scheme of things, thirty is still young. But it's not that young. It is past the most ripe, prime child-bearing years, for example. It is too old to, say, start training for an Olympic medal. Even in the best die-of-old-age scenario, you are still about one-third of the way to the finish line. So I can't help feeling uneasy as I perch on an overstuffed maroon couch in a dark lounge on the Upper West Side at my surprise birthday party, organized by Darcy, who is still my best friend.Tomorrow is the Sunday that I first contemplated as a fifth-grader playing with our phone book. After tonight my twenties will be over, a chapter closed forever. The feeling I have reminds me of New Year's Eve, when the countdown is coming and I'm not quite sure whether to grab my camera or just live in the moment. Usually I grab the camera and later regret it when the picture doesn't turn out. Then I feel enormously let down and think to myself that the night would have been more fun if it didn't mean quite so much, if I weren't forced to analyze where I've been and where I'm going.Like New Year's Eve, tonight is an ending and a beginning. I don't like endings and beginnings. I would always prefer to churn about in the middle. The worst thing about this particular end (of my youth) and beginning (of middle age) is that for the first time in my life, I realize that I don't know where I'm going. My wants are simple: a job that I like and a guy whom I love. And on the eve of my thirtieth, I must face that I am 0 for 2.First, I am an attorney at a large New York firm. By definition this means that I am miserable. Being a lawyer just isn't what it's cracked up to be-it's nothing like L.A. Law, the show that caused applications to law schools to skyrocket in the early nineties. I work excruciating hours for a mean-spirited, anal-retentive partner, doing mostly tedious tasks, and that sort of hatred for what you do for a living begins to chip away at you. So I have memorized the mantra of the law firm associate: I hate my job and will quit soon. Just as soon as I pay off my loans. Just as soon as I make next year's bonus. Just as soon as I think of something else to do that will pay the rent. Or find someone who will pay it for me.Which brings me to my second point: I am alone in a city of millions. I have plenty of friends, as proven by the solid turnout tonight. Friends to Rollerblade with. Friends to summer with in the Hamptons. Friends to meet on a Thursday night after work for a drink or two or three. And I have Darcy, my best friend from home, who is all of the above. But everybody knows that friends are not enough, although I often claim they are just to save face around my married and engaged girlfriends. I did not plan on being alone in my thirties, even my early thirties. I wanted a husband by now; I wanted to be a bride in my twenties. But I have learned that you can't just create your own timetable and will it to come true. So here I am on the brink of a new decade, realizing that being alone makes my thirties daunting, and being thirty makes me feel all the more alone.The situation seems all the more dismal because my oldest and best friend has a glamorous PR job and is freshly engaged. Darcy is still the lucky one. I watch her now, telling a story to a group of us, including her fiancé. Dex and Darcy are an exquisite couple, lean and tall with match-ing dark hair and green eyes. They are among New York's beautiful people. The well-groomed couple registering for fine china and crystal on the sixth floor at Bloomingdale's. You hate their smugness but can't resist staring at them when you're on the same floor searching for a not-too- expensive gift for the umpteenth wedding you've been invited to without a date. You strain to glimpse her ring, and are instantly sorry you did. She catches you staring and gives you a disdainful once-over. You wish you hadn't worn your tennis shoes to Bloomingdale's. She is probably think-ing that the footwear may be part of your problem. You buy your Waterford vase and get the hell out of there."So the lesson here is: if you ask for a Brazilian bikini wax, make sure you specify. Tell them to leave a landing strip or else you can wind up hairless, like a ten-year-old!" Darcy finishes her bawdy tale, and every-body laughs. Except Dex, who shakes his head, as if to say, what a piece of work my fiancée is."Okay. I'll be right back," Darcy suddenly says. "Tequila shots for one and all!"As she moves away from the group toward the bar, I think back to all of the birthdays we have celebrated together, all of the benchmarks we reached together, benchmarks that I always reached first. I got my dri-ver's license before she did, could drink legally before she could. Being older, if only by a few months, used to be a good thing. But now our fortunes have reversed. Darcy has an extra summer in her twenties-a perk of being born in the fall. Not that it matters as much for her: when you're engaged or married, turning thirty just isn't the same thing.Darcy is now leaning over the bar, flirting with the twenty-something, aspiring actor/bartender whom she has already told me she would "totally do" if she were single. As if Darcy would ever be single. She said once in high school, I don't break up, I trade up." She kept her word on that, and she always did the dumping. Throughout our teenage years, college, and every day of our twenties, she has been attached to someone. Often she has more than one guy hanging around, hoping.It occurs to me that I could hook up with the bartender. I am totally unencumbered-haven't even been on a date in nearly two months. But it doesn't seem like something one should do at age thirty. One-night stands are for girls in their twenties. Not that I would know. I have fol-lowed an orderly, Goody Two-shoes path with no deviations. I got straight As in high school, went to college, graduated magna cum laude, took the LSAT, went straight to law school and to a big law firm after that. No backpacking in Europe, no crazy stories, no unhealthy, lustful relationships. No secrets. No intrigue. And now it seems too late for any of that. Because that stuff would just further delay my goal of finding a husband, settling down, having children and a happy home with grass and a garage and a toaster that toasts four slices at once.So I feel unsettled about my future and somewhat regretful about my past. I tell myself that there will be time to ponder tomorrow. Right now I will have fun. It is the sort of thing that a disciplined person can simply decide. And I am exceedingly disciplined-the kind of child who did her homework on Friday afternoons right after school, the kind of woman (as of tomorrow, I am no longer any part girl) who flosses every night and makes her bed every morning.Darcy returns with the shots but Dex refuses his, so Darcy insists that I do two. Before I know it, the night starts to take on that blurry quality, when you cross over from being buzzed to drunk, losing track of time and the precise order of things. Apparently Darcy has reached that point even sooner because she is now dancing on the bar. Spinning and gyrat-ing in a little red halter dress and three-inch heels."Stealing the show at your party," Hillary, my closest friend from work, says to me under her breath. "She's shameless."I laugh. "Yeah. Par for the course."Darcy lets out a yelp, claps her hands over her head, and beckons me with a come-hither expression that would appeal to any man who has ever fancied girl-on-girl action. "Rachel! Rachel! C'mere!"Of course she knows that I will not join her. I have never danced on a bar. I wouldn't know what to do up there besides fall. I shake my head and smile, a polite refusal. We all wait for her next move, which is to swivel her hips in perfect time to the music, bend over slowly, and then whip her body upright again, her long hair spilling every which way. The limber maneuver reminds me of her perfect imitation of Tawny Kitaen in the Whitesnake video "Here I Go Again," how she used to roll around doing splits on the hood of her father's BMW, to the delight of the pubescent neighborhood boys. I glance at Dex, who in these moments can never quite decide whether to be amused or annoyed. To say that the man has patience is an understatement. Dex and I have this in common."Happy birthday, Rachel!" Darcy yells. "Let's all raise a glass to Rachel!"Which everyone does. Without taking their eyes off her.A minute later, Dex whisks her down from the bar, slings her over his shoulder, and deposits her on the floor next to me in one fluid motion. Clearly he has done this before. "All right," he announces. "I'm taking our little party-planner home."Darcy plucks her drink off the bar and stamps her foot. "You're not the boss of me, Dex! Is he, Rachel?" As she asserts her independence, she stumbles and sloshes her martini all over Dex's shoe.Dex grimaces. "You're wasted, Darce. This isn't fun for anyone but you.""Okay. Okay. I'll go ... I'm feeling kind of sick anyway," she says, looking queasy."Are you going to be okay?""I'll be fine. Don't you worry," she says, now playing the role of brave little sick girl.I thank her for my party, tell her that it was a total surprise-which is a lie because I knew Darcy would capitalize on my thirtieth to buy a new outfit, throw a big bash, and invite as many of her friends as my own. Still, it was nice of her to have the party, and I am glad that she did. She is the kind of friend who always makes things feel special. She hugs me hard and says she'd do anything for me, and what would she do without me, her maid of honor, the sister she never had. She is gushing, as she always does when she drinks too much.Dex cuts her off. "Happy birthday, Rachel. We'll talk to you tomor-row." He gives me a kiss on the cheek."Thanks, Dex," I say. "Good night."I watch him usher her outside, holding her elbow after she nearly trips on the curb. Oh, to have such a caretaker. To be able to drink with reckless abandon and know that there will be someone to get you home safely.Some time later Dex reappears in the bar. "Darcy lost her purse. She thinks she left it here. It's small, silver," he says. "Have you seen it?""She lost her new Chanel bag?" I shake my head and laugh because it is just like Darcy to lose up0things. Usually I keep track of them for her, but I went off duty on my birthday. Still, I help Dex search for the purse, finally spotting it under a bar stool.As he turns to leave, Dex's friend Marcus, one of his groomsmen, con-vinces him to stay. "C'mon, man. Hang out for a minute."So Dex calls Darcy at home and she slurs her consent, tells him to have fun without her. Although she is probably thinking that such a thing is not possible.Gradually my friends peel away, saying their final happy birthdays. Dex and I outlast everyone, even Marcus. We sit at the bar making conversation with the bartender/actor who has an "Amy" tattoo and zero interest in an aging lawyer. It is after two when we decide that it's time to go. The night feels more like midsummer than spring, and the warm air infuses me with sudden hope: this will be the summer I meet MY guy.Dex hails me a cab, but as it pulls over he says, "How about one more bar? One more drink?""Fine," I say. "Why not?"We both get in and he tells the cabbie to just drive, that he has to think about where next. We end up in Alphabet City at a bar on Seventh and Avenue B, aptly named 7B.It is not an upbeat scene - 7B is dingy and smoke-filled. I like it any-way-it's not sleek and it's not a dive striving to be cool because it's not sleek.Dex points to a booth. "Have a seat. I'll be right with you." Then he turns around. "What can I get you?"I tell him whatever he's having, and sit and wait for him in the booth. I watch him say something to a girl at the bar wearing army-green cargo pants and a tank top that says "Fallen Angel." She smiles and shakes her head. "Omaha" is playing in the background. It is one of those songs that seems melancholy and cheerful at the same time.A moment later Dex slides in across from me, pushing a beer my way. "Newcastle," he says. Then he smiles, crinkly lines appearing around his eyes. "You like?"I nod and smile.From the corner of my eye, I see Fallen Angel turn on her bar stool and survey Dex, absorbing his chiseled features, wavy hair, full lips. Darcy complained once that Dex garners more stares and double takes than she does. Yet, unlike his female counterpart, Dex seems not to notice the attention. Fallen Angel now casts her eyes my way, likely wondering what Dex is doing with someone so average. I hope that she thinks we're a couple. Tonight nobody has to know that I am only a member of the wedding party.Dex and I talk about our jobs and our Hamptons share that begins in another week and a lot of things. But Darcy does not come up and nei-ther does their September wedding.After we finish our beers we move over to the jukebox, fill it with dollar bills, searching for good songs. I push the code for "Thunder Road" twice because it is my favorite song. I tell him this."Yeah. Springsteen's at the top of my list, too. Ever seen him in con-cert?""Yeah," I say. "Twice. Born in the U.S.A. and Tunnel of Love."I almost tell him that I went with Darcy in high school, dragged her along even though she much preferred groups like Poison and Bon Jovi. But I don't bring this up. Because then he will remember to go home to her and I don't want to be alone in my dwindling moments of twenty--somethingness. Obviously I'd rather be with a boyfriend, but Dex is bet-ter than nothing.It is last call at 7B. We get a couple more beers and return to our booth. Some time later we are in a cab again, going north on First Avenue. "Two stops," Dex tells our cabbie, because we live on opposite sides of Central Park. Dex is holding Darcy's Chanel purse, which looks small and out of place in his large hands. I glance at the silver dial of his Rolex, a gift from Darcy. It is just shy of four o'clock.We sit silently for a stretch of ten or fifteen blocks, both of us looking out of our respective side windows, until the cab hits a pothole and I find myself lurched into the middle of the backseat, my leg grazing his. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, Dex is kissing me. Or maybe I kiss him. Somehow we are kissing. My mind goes blank as I listen to the soft sound of our lips meeting again and again. At some point, Dex taps on the Plexiglas partition and tells the driver, between kisses, that it will just be one stop after all.We arrive on the corner of Seventy-third and Third, near my apart-ment. Dex hands the driver a twenty and does not wait for change. We spill out of the taxi, kissing more on the sidewalk and then in front of Jos6, my doorman. We kiss the whole way up in the elevator. I am pressed against the elevator wall, my hands on the back of his head. I am sur-prised by how soft his hair is.I fumble with my key, turning it the wrong way in the lock as Dex keeps his arms around my waist, his lips on my neck and the side of my face. Finally the door is open, and we are kissing in the middle of my stu-dio, standing upright, leaning on nothing but each other. We stumble over to my made bed, complete with tight hospital corners."Are you drunk?" His voice is a whisper in the dark."No," I say. Because you always say no when you're drunk. And even though I am, I have a lucid instant where I consider clearly what was missing in my twenties and what I wish to find in my thirties. It strikes me that, in a sense, I can have both on this momentous birthday night. Dex can be my secret, my last chance for a dark twenty-something chap-ter, and he can also be a prelude of sorts-a promise of someone like him to come. Darcy is in my mind, but she is being pushed to the back, overwhelmed by a force stronger than our friendship and my own con-science. Dex moves over me. My eyes are closed, then open, then closed again.And then, somehow, I am having sex with my best friend's fiancé.Copyright © 2004 by Emily Giffin

Bookclub Guide

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.

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