Book Review: Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

Published on June 14, 2013

I decided to read another book before jumping into the second book of the Percy Jackson series. I picked Something Borrowed out of all the unread books I have on my shelf. I got this for Christmas a couple of years ago. I was able to catch around half an hour of its movie adaptation. Unfortunately, I missed the beginning and the end of it. Nyaha!

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SPOILER ALERT!

Something Borrowed is a story of two best friends. Rachel and Darcy have known each other since they were kids. Darcy is a happy-go-lucky and self-centered biatch. Rachel, a lawyer, was a straight A student who followed all the rules, that is until she was 29! On her 30th birthday, she slept with a guy named Dex, who also happens to be the fiancé of Darcy.

The story simply revolves around deception, unfaithfulness and the very thin line between love and friendship. Almost the entire book focused on Rachel’s battle of keeping her right to love. During the course of Rachel’s endless self-assessments, she finds herself always finding an excuse to justify what she did to Darcy. I found myself cringing while reading this book. Although I love Emily Giffin’s storytelling skills, infidelity is something that I can’t tolerate. But I have to commend Giffin because for someone like me who has zero tolerance on cheating, she was able to make me sympathize for Rachel. She made Darcy look so bad and selfish for me to think twice whether she really deserves the faithfulness of both Dex and Rachel. She made me think whether what Rachel and Darcy had was a real friendship or simply a relationship that rooted out of necessity. She was also good in establishing the supporting characters, most especially Ethan and Hillary.

I haven’t read something like this for quite a while. I really have mixed feelings regarding this. Nonetheless, I found myself breezing through this book. If you are looking for an easy read chick lit, this may be the one you’re looking for.

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