Title: Something Borrowed (Darcy #1)
Author: Emily Giffin
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin 2005
Rating: 2 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: Semi-Charmed Challenge — Bad Review; Mixing It Up — Modern Fiction; Mount TBR; Book2Movie
How I Got It: I own it!
Rachel White is the consummate good girl. A hard-working attorney at a large Manhattan law firm and a diligent maid of honor to her charmed best friend Darcy, Rachel has always played by all the rules. Since grade school, she has watched Darcy shine, quietly accepting the sidekick role in their lopsided friendship.But that suddenly changes the night of her thirtieth birthday when Rachel finally confesses her feelings to Darcy’s fiance, and is both horrified and thrilled to discover that he feels the same way. As the wedding date draws near, events spiral out of control, and Rachel knows she must make a choice between her heart and conscience. In so doing, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren’t always neat, and sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself.
I picked this book up for $1. It had been on my list for a while, but I had read a few bad reviews for it… So I was unsure of whether or not read it. Then some friends and I saw the movie version. Now I had to read the book. The reviews were right. The entire time reading this book, I couldn’t decided if I liked any of the main characters. At the end I came away with the idea that cheating is okay if you do it with your “soulmate” or if the other woman is a narcissist. I just didn’t see it as an truthful exploration of relationships. To me, it was a gimmick. Plus, I didn’t find Dex attractive at all. He’s just the lying, toying scumbag. I thought every relationship in the book was unhealthy. In the end, I read this as a cautionary tale. Don’t be friends with people like Darcy, Rachel, or Dex.
Movie: Hmmmm…. This wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t good either. The addition of John Krasinski’s Ethan was an improvement. But adding in the love quadrangle didn’t work at all. I’ve decided that I don’t like Kate Hudson in anything except for Almost Famous. Overall I came out of it feeling very blah and wanting some action or zombie fun to cleanse my palate. Definitely not a movie that I need to see again.
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