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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (17 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099461463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099461463
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emily Giffin graduated from Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. She practiced law in New York City for several years before moving to London, where she began writing full time. She now lives in Atlanta with her husband, two sons and a daughter.

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"I absolutely loved it...I could not put it down" Marian Keyes "A deftly written and convincing tale of friendship gone comically -- and at times poignantly -- awry." Meg Cabot "Here's a heroine you'll root for and a book you won't want to put down. I loved it!" Lauren Weisberger

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“Delightful, winning, and real.” (Glamour)

“One of the hottest books of the summer . . . Giffin avoids what could have been a cliché-ridden tale by skillfully developing Rachel and her best friend Darcy into three-dimensional characters.” (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

“Something Borrowed is 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.” (The Seattle Times)

“Giffin's compelling debut truly stands out. It is as much about the meaning and value of friendship as it is about love, and it takes some risky chances that pay off . . . It's a gamble to cast her heroine in a potentially unsympathetic light, but Giffin manages to create empathy for her likable characters without cheapening the complexity of their situation, making for a genuinely wining tale.” (Booklist) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. L. Rutter on 16 Jun 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a top-notch slice of chick lit from an author who writes very clearly and vividly about two friends and a summer where everything changes for them.

Rachel is a lawyer working in New York - hates her job, approaching thirty, no man in sight. She is best friends with Darcy, who has travelled through a charmed life - has a high-paid PR job she loves, still has a summer of being in her twenties and is about to be married to Dex, to whom she was introduced by Rachel. For Rachel's thirtieth Darcy arranges a party and proceeds to get royally drunk. When she is taken home, Rachel and Dex embark on a series of events that will have far-reaching consequences.

A lot of chick lit deals with infidelity, but this book takes you to the core of the issues. Should you tell? Do you actually love the guy? Why are you doing it? Should you/do you feel guilty? The story is told from a first person perspective and so we 'hear' Rachel's thoughts as she agonises over her actions. Consequently this book has a lot of depth and really causes you to identify with Rachel, despite the fact she is doing something she really shouldn't.

I simply could not put the book down - the story was told simply, with excellent choice of words to keep driving the plot along. There were light-hearted moments, and I really enjoyed all of Rachel's memories about her friendship with Darcy when they were both school children. I particularly identified when Darcy sends a note to a boy asking him to check the box of which girl he would like to be with!

Rachel and Dex were both wonderful characters to read about, and Darcy was brought to fascinating life. I think many girls have a friend who seems to be more beautiful, luckier, gets the guy everyone lusts after, and so it becomes easy to take Rachel's side - especially when Darcy drops her shocking bombshell in the climax to this story.

I would recommend this to those who enjoy Marian Keyes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Sep 2004
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I loved this book. My impression after the first chapter was: "predictable", but I was hooked by the second chapter. The storyline proved to be more believable than predictable. I found myself identifying with the truly likeable and real heroine. Without being heavy or boring this book exposes character traits typical of many of us. There was just enough humour and tension to keep me turning the pages and I finished the book in just a couple of days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By thelittleone224 on 27 May 2011
Format: Paperback
I had seen the trailer for the film and decided the story looked good, so decided to buy the book. I absolutely loved it, could not put it down. The story itself managed to be refreshing in comparison to many books of this genre, in that I genuinly did not know how the story would end, since there would always be a sad element to whatever way I felt it could go, however, I loved the ending. This is the first book I have read by Emily Gifin, and I am definately a big fan now. A must read!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maya j on 31 July 2007
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This book is so much fun! You might get a little worried, because things start up right off the bat - Wham! Bang! And you're thinking, "Where could one possibly go from here?" But what proceeds is a spunky romp through the lives of some narcissistic, self-obsessed, and self-deprecating people, whom you know you've met before. It's fun because you've got a ringside seat to a train wreck, and you're so thankful you're cuddly cozy in your home not worrying about ridiculousness like this. The tone and writing of the book is a blast, and it goes so fast you end up reading it in a couple of sittings. Everyone I know who has read it loves it, and the only reason I'm giving it four stars is because it's not really very "literary".
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pamela on 30 May 2009
Format: Paperback
I admit this is not the type of book I would choose to read so perhaps I should not be writing a review. However, I bought it to help a charity and told myself I would read it. I liked the style of writing, it was very easy to read and many of the author's observations were very astute. However, I found the characters rather unbelievable in places - not what they did - but how they were depicted. The book clearly shows that Dex is not a womaniser, is intelligent and supposedly genuine. Would such a man really stick with such a shallow woman with no intellectual conversation as Darcy for seven years? Indeed would he have even asked her out in the first place? There's something very wrong with the storyline. It would have been believable had Darcy had some redeeming features but there was absolutely nothing to like about her at all. Rachel was a wimp and couldn't even tell the rather nice Hilary to mind her own business, no, she had to tell all. It could have worked as a story, but it didn't do it for me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AGDA on 11 Mar 2010
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I have read and heard a lot of people talking about this book, and that it is being adapted into a movie, but honestly, can't see why it is so popular. It is not badly written, I give it that, and it is interesting and bold to have a main character that is not the usual boring too good to be true young woman that does all the right things and is all alone at the beginning and ends up with Mr perfect at the end. So my 2 stars go for that, for daring to change the formula.
I don't give it more stars as I find that the main character is a weak person, not really a bold character but someone who has always been under the shadow of a popular friend because it was easier and it made her more popular in return, she is always comparing their lives and secretly hating the other girl, but in front of her she is all smiles. Then the man (Dex) appears, and the not so pretty girl has a first chance with him, that she doesn't profit from as she is beyond shy and self-deprecating, but then after years of him dating the other girl (Darcy) and due to a mix of self-pity and alcohol, she goes for it and he is more than willing to go along with the plan.

So after the future husband and the maid of honour decide to become lovers in the first chapters of the book, the next ones are based on few ideas: A) they are perfect for each other and everyone except the bride agrees, B) The bride who seemed so nice at the first chapter now is a horrible monster (as we see her only through the eyes of the maid of honour and her friends), C)Everything else that happens only serves the purpose of showing how bad is the bride and how good is the uglier friend.

So not so daring as I though....and besides, the husband-to-be is a real player, he is going out with both women all the time....and never even feels bad about it
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