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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,946 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 Sept. 2004
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sayyida on 17 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
I watched the movie first, and when I found out it was based on a book I got really excited because I could see the potential for it to be a good, light read. However, when I did read the book I was just disappointed. It's poorly written and I felt that the characters and their relationships with each other were not developed well at all. Rachel, the main character, is portrayed as weak and naive and at times I just wanted to slap her. Also, the book is written in the present tense which gave it a sense of disjointedness. Although the movie did not stick entirely to the storyline, it managed to draw you in in a way that the book does not. For once, my advice would be: just watch the movie.
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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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(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. Rachel White is a perpetual good girl who has always felt inferior to her prettier and more popular best friend, Darcy Rhone and believes that she is destined to a lifetime of being second best. Thus, it never occurred to Rachel that her close friend in college, the gorgeous Dexter Thaler, could possibly be interested in her (even though there were clear signs that he was) before introducing him to Darcy. Seven years later, and after a lifetime of living in Darcy's shadow, Rachel is single, insecure, suffers from low self-esteem and is trapped in a dead end job that she hates while Darcy and Dex are engaged and planning their wedding. On the night of Rachel's 30th birthday, Darcy ends up going home early, leaving Rachel and Dex alone together. The two of them get quite drunk, kiss and end up having sex at Rachel's flat. What follows are Rachel's attempts to `do the right thing' but figuring out what that is is not that easy, especially when it quickly becomes clear that this is more than just a fling for both of them.

Upon reading the book, I could tell that the filmmakers had made some slight alterations to the plot to make the characters a bit more sympathetic. In the film, a big reason why Dex was reluctant to leave Darcy was because of how his parents would react; his mother suffered from depression, his father had got wind of the affair and warned him off and both parents had just bought Dex and Darcy a house. In the book, none of these are a factor and he just comes across as cowardly for not leaving Darcy earlier.
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