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Emily Giffin
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Book Description

17 Jun 2004
Rachel Miller and Darcy Rhone have been best friends since childhood. They've shared birthdays, the horrors of high school and even boyfriends, but while Darcy is the sort of woman who breezes through life getting what she wants when she wants it, Rachel has always played by the rules and watched her stunning best friend steal all the limelight. The one thing Rachel's always had over Darcy is the four-month age gap which meant she was first to being a teenager, first to drive, first to everything - but now she's about to be first to thirty. And Darcy still has a charmed life. On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Rachel is shocked to find herself questioning the status quo. How come Darcy gets a glamorous job at a PR firm and the perfect boyfriend, while Rachel grinds away at her despised job as an attorney and remains painfully single. Is it just luck? Or, looking back at their friendship and their lives together, is it a bit more complicated than that? Then an accidental fling complicates everything, and it's time for Rachel to make a few hard choices. And she's suddenly forced to learn that sometimes true love comes at a price ...

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (17 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099461463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099461463
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,598 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.

Author photo: Jerry Bauer

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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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A New York Times bestseller, and the book behind the hit rom-com film starring Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin, this is a chick-lit novel with a difference. Love, friendship, careers and the social stigma attached to thirty-something single women make Something Borrowed a unique must-buy for fans of Sex and the City.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top notch chick lit 16 Jun 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars My pick of the summer 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
5.0 out of 5 stars a new fan 27 May 2011
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow 30 May 2009
By Pamela
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was told to expect 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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2.0 out of 5 stars unlikable characters and no comedy element
I fond this book really disappointing. If I knew and of the characters in real life, I would avoid them. The storytelling was sadly lacking any humour.
Published 4 months ago by Kitty Briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Loved every page. Couldn't put the book down! Read it in less than a day as it was so good.
Published 5 months ago by Callie Rose
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great Christmas gift arrived well packaged and secure. was received on time and was thought to be a great gift will look at this again for gift ideas next year
Published 6 months ago by Kevin Griggs
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
When I first got this book I couldn't put it down, it got in to the story really fast which is good but then all that seemed to happen was them 'making love' and pointless... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Shauni
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Chicklit
This is a difficult one for me. I hate cheaters I think if you're not happy you should end it because cheating does more harm than good. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Emma
4.0 out of 5 stars My new favourite author
Bought this book two days ago, finished it today. I will be downloading the rest. Having read all sophie kinsella and marian keyes books, emily Griffin didn't disappoint me. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Summer
4.0 out of 5 stars touching, page turning yet annoying.
I really root for the Rachel/Dex relationship - even though they are acting wrong, its right for them so you don't want to give them a guilty verdict from jury box known as book... Read more
Published 15 months ago by crystal
3.0 out of 5 stars A non-demanding book but kept my attention
(This review contains spoilers for both the book and the film of the same name)

I read this book after watching the film of the same name. Read more
Published 15 months ago by S. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Something borrowed
I really enjoyed reading this book. I literally couldn't put the book down. This is a very interesting book however there are a few less intriguing aspects to the book but don't... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Romgirl00
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This product arrived quickly ans is excatly what it said it would be. I am very happy with this product.
Published 20 months ago by emma scott
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