About the book: Something Borrowed is a classic “chick-lit” novel written by Emily Giffin. The main characters, Rachel and Darcy, have been best friends since childhood, and now they are both adults living in New York City. Darcy, beautiful and charming, has always been able to get everything she has ever wanted. She has a glamorous job in public relations and is engaged to Dex, the handsome and intelligent man of her dreams. Rachel, on the other hand, lives life quietly on the sidelines as Darcy’s sidekick. She is a single attorney, and Darcy’s maid of honor. On the night of Rachel’s 30th birthday party, Rachel drunkenly hooks up with Darcy’s fiancé, Dex. When they are both sober, Rachel and Dex realize they have feelings for each other. Rachel must decide if she will commit to her friendship to Darcy or to her feelings for Dex.
What I like: It was a light and fluffy read.
What I don’t like: The main character was very annoying…I am actually surprised I made it through the whole book. Rachel, the narrator and protagonist, is whiney, passive, and overly obsessed with Darcy. Throughout the novel, she tries to convince the reader (and herself) that she is justified in having an affair with Dex. However, her lawyering did a poor job of convincing me. In addition, the plot was very predictable, which made for a stale read. Ignoring the moral issues, I think affairs should be exciting and thrilling to read about, but this one was disappointingly boring.
Overall impression: Next time, I will think twice about buying a bargain-priced paperback at Barnes and Noble. And no, I will not be reading Emily Giffin’s other books.
I recommend this book if…you want a predictable story, like reading about catty and dysfunctional friendships, or want to annoy yourself.