Book Review

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

Publication Date: June 1, 2004

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Adult Contemporary

Series: The Darcy & Rachel Duology, Book One

Format: Paperback

Pages: 352 pages

Source: Purchased

Buy It: Amazon

Rating: 4 sm

Something Borrowed tells the story of Rachel, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. Rachel has always been the consummate good girl—until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy’s fiancé.

Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren’t always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness. Something Borrowed is a phenomenal debut novel that will have you laughing, crying, and calling your best friend.


Although the plot of Something Borrowed was fairly predictable I do love how Emily Giffin wrote this. I think she did a great job with the characters and they definitely make this novel for me. I thoroughly enjoyed them and the roles that they each played in the book. This story focuses on two life-long best friends, Rachel and Darcy. Rachel is your thirty year old, plain Jane, good girl attorney who never really goes for what she wants. Darcy is her complete opposite; she’s pretty, popular, outgoing, and engaged to an extremely handsome lawyer named Dex.

You learn fairly early on that Rachel has known Dex since law school and has had feelings for her for quite some time. She never really saw herself as his type. At her birthday party one thing leads to another, and they end up sleeping together. Now with an affair such as this, one may normally frown upon this relationship; but Rachel’s character is one that some people may be able to relate to and be sympathetic toward; I am one of those people.

Rachel does have some feelings of guilt, but throughout the story she also learns a ton about herself, about her friendship with Darcy, and about what she wants out of life. I loved how the story wasn’t all about the affair with her friends fiance, but also about Rachel finding herself. I absolutely loved Rachel as the main character. And I absolutely hated her friend Darcy, which is fine, I’m pretty sure that’s the feeling you are supposed to have toward this character.

I really loved Dex, even though he makes some bad decisions, he’s a great guy. I do have to say that Hillary, Rachel’s friend from work, was probably my favorite character in the book. She’s funny and she cares about Rachel a lot and it really shows.

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