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Something Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel #1)

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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  335,466 ratings  ·  10,425 reviews
Rachel has always been a 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 Dex. Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for Dex. She prays for fate to intervene, but when she makes a choice she discovers that the lines between right and w ...more
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Published March 29th 2011 by Macmillan Audio (first published June 1st 2004)
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Jessica Eh, not really. It's pretty clear how it's going to end and it's wholly unsatisfying, because all the characters are terrible. The overarching moral…moreEh, not really. It's pretty clear how it's going to end and it's wholly unsatisfying, because all the characters are terrible. The overarching moral of the story is, you're happiest with a man in your life, even if it sacrifices your oldest friendship in the process, cause being in a relationship is way more important. It's a pretty gross story. Just my opinion.(less)
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Traci
I only acknowledge that I read this book so I can say how much I hated it. The two main characters are completely unlikable, one for being completely self-absorbed and selfish, and the other for being so spineless and whiny. So spineless, in fact, that the action of her sleeping with her friend's fiancé wasn't even a credible one. The further I got into it, the more I was disgusted with it. I also found it very difficult to believe that at 30, the two characters would continue to be friends. Usu ...more
katie
It wasn't bad as chicklit goes, but I don't know how sympathetic I can be to characters who are betraying their fiancees and best friends. Plus, in order to make the cheating something "okay," a lot of energy is put into making Darcy really off-putting and Rachel really kind of pathetic. I liked Hilary and Ethan a lot (though in all other chick lit books Ethan would have been either gay or the guy Rachel actually ended up with), but the central relationships just left me cold.

Eh. Apparently I c
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Megha

GR Giveaway.

Ok, I tried. I am not going to read this tripe any further.

From the first 50-ish pages that I did read, this books sounds somewhat like the show 'Sex and the City'. Rachel is part-Miranada - a not so good looking lawyer, and part-Charolette - miss goody two shoes who wants to find a husband and settle down. Darcy is part-Samantha, part-Carrie, she has good looks and has always managed to make the guy she liked fall for her and is now engaged to a guy she wants to marry. And just like
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Alison
Jun 10, 2009 Alison rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alison by: Ladi
Well, this was my first, and now probably last, foray into "chick-lit." I found the characters to be totally unbelieveable. A "consummate good-girl" would never have an affair with her best friend's fiancee, despite Darcy's shortcomings as a friend. Some feel Rachel's behavior was justified because of Darcy's litany of slights, pulled from as far back as 5th grade. However that Rachel remained Darcy's friend in spite of her bitchiness, just proves Rachel's own weakness of character. And it was t ...more
Bonnie
Aug 15, 2007 Bonnie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all my gal pals
I loved this book and have passed it on to other friends! Thanks to Kristi for turning me on to this author.

This is one of the best chick-lit books ever. The follow-up "Something Blue" was almost as good. The story focuses on two lifelong best friends, Rachel and Darcy. The first installment is told from Rachel's perspective; the second book is told from Darcy's perspective. Very clever.

Rachel is the single, plain, thirtysomething, always a responsible good girl attorney. Something I can totall
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Sarah
Feb 21, 2008 Sarah rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women on vacation who want a quick, predictable read
So here's my take on Something Borrowed, and "Chic-lit" in general - it's satisfying in the way watching an episode of The Hills is satisfying. You know EXACTLY what's going to happen from the first lines of the first chapter (which i guess can be nice since it makes you feel smart and gives a general sense of superiority); the characters are predictable, with a "heroine" that's just likable enough to continue reading but who you generally dislike/never fully sympathize with; it's pretty much so ...more
Winna
I read this book in two sittings. I know it is a little controversial: some people adore Rachel for 'stealing' her best friend Darcy's fiance. And some others think it is just immoral.

Here goes my opinion. Rachel, who is a passive thirty years old woman, has lived in Darcy's shadow all her life. Darcy stole her first love Ethan (who now becomes Rach's best friend), her Notre Dame acceptance, her pride and even Rachel's own mother's sympathy. Darcy is not that evil, actually, she is self centered
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Annalisa
May 14, 2011 Annalisa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Annalisa by: Brynnly
Shelves: chick-lit, movies
Despite all my protests and misgivings about a book on infidelity, I was surprised that had the urge to get back to the story and find out what happened. For that, I wanted to give the book 4 stars, but I just couldn't because, well, it's a book about infidelity, and not just about infidelity, but the view point that there's nothing wrong with it since the couple isn't married yet.

The book starts with A LOT of backstory. It's eventually important to Rachel and Darcy's relationship, but it sure m
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Allison
Sep 06, 2007 Allison rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chick Lit Lovers
You WANT to hate the main character - I mean, she's not only hooking up with an engaged man, but it's her best friend's fiance - but, Griffin did an amazing job of making Rachel someone you rooted for. So, congrats on that!

This was a great beach read. Quick and quirky.
Kim
Jun 12, 2007 Kim rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit with heart lovers
Shelves: chick_lit, 2005
This is my absolute favourite in chick lit. The characters are very well written and real. And you can't help but to feel for the main girl. She may be sleeping with her best friend's fiancé. But that doesn't mean that she's completely cruel and doesn't deserve the other girl's friendship. Or your own. The way the author retells the girl's background. How they interacted as they grew up. And how one always used the other as a measuring stick for everything she did back then and still does. You c ...more
The Holy Terror
Aug 23, 2012 The Holy Terror marked it as will-never-read  ·  review of another edition
This book is the reason I haven't won a giveaway on here for over three years. *shakes fist* I never read it so I've never won another giveaway and now I probably will never win one again in the future.

I won this from Goodreads in one of the first giveaways I entered, back in 2009, I believe. I think they gave away over 1000 copies of this book, or something around that? Since then I've realized that unless you read the books they send you you're probably not going to win another giveaway. Oh we
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Anne
Dec 17, 2014 Anne rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Book Clubs
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I don't understand the rave reviews. How is this a good story? Was Rachael supposed to be the one I was rooting for in this scenario? 'Cause I didn't like her. She was BORING. Rachael was a whiner who played it safe, then blamed her friend for all of the things that she didn't have. Yes, Darcy was a self-centered friend. So what?! If you don't like the way she treats you...stop returning her calls!
And Dex? Ugh. He was a cheater. C-H-E-A-T-E-R! There is no other way to put it. I can unders
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Jennifer
★½
Something Borrowed is the first installment in Emily Giffin's chick-lit series titled: Darcy & Rachel. I have just discovered Ms. Giffin, and while I loved the first book I read that was written by her, I have to admit, I didn't love this one so much. The writing style remains fun and light, but I hated the characters. I guess I just hated that the main characters' romance was based on such deceit and yet it ended in a HEA. That is a pet peeve of mine in novels and it always leaves a sour
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Kelly
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Miriam
Oct 05, 2013 Miriam rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bad friends

Oh, so this is how it sounds inside the heads of people who can rationalize anything.
Rose
I spent the better part of the day reading this book, all 300 some odd pages, and was utterly disappointed by it. Granted, I don't harbor any ill will towards chick-lit books, but what started off as a mildly interesting story dwindled into a spiraling trainwreck of deception and haphazard emotions between flat and stereotypical characters.

I'll briefly summarize the main point of the story: Rachel, a seemingly good-natured lawyer in her 30s ends up sleeping with the fiancé of her best friend af
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Love Fool
LOVE this book. Read it twice because I loved it so much. I am against cheating (who isn't), especially with your best friend's man butttttt this made me cheer for the main character who was having an affair with her best friend's man. How could you not love Rachel? I was able to relate to her when I thought I was going to hate her. This made me tear up and laugh and wish I was friends with Rachel (even with her flaw). I recommend reading this on a rainy night (with a glass of wine or the whole ...more
valee
Aug 04, 2011 valee marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cont-romance
I always wanted to read this book and I had no idea there would be a movie about it (other way I would have read it sooner), now I feel like a total loser because I watched the movie accidentally as I had no idea it would be about this book!

Loved it but I can't read this book now because I know what will happen. I will be reading book 2 right away though because I just need to know what will happen to Darcy.

What a great movie !



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So hot! Loved all the actors they chose to play the characters from
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Maren
Ok, so this book was EXTREMELY out of character for me to read. I'm usually such a jerk about "chick lit" books - I even find the genre's title to be insulting to women somehow - and I almost never read them. But there's something about just having graduated and having spent the whole year reading 17th Century drama and political tracts that just makes me much more open minded to reading something fun and easy and enjoyable. (You don't even want to know what kind of TV this attitude has me watch ...more
mich
Sorry, I think this is just not my kinda book. To me, it just seemed like a story about a crappy group of friends who did a shitload of crappy things to each other. I didn’t really like any of the characters except for Ethan and Hillary.

On the plus side, the writing is engaging and I found it to be a quick and easy read.
Bree
Unlike a lot of "chick-lit", this one was semi-believable and I actually liked the main character (Rachel). She was a smart girl, not all obsessed with shopping and spending money...she just seemed like a normal person, someone I might hang out with. Darcy, on the other hand...irritated me SO bad (probably because the story was written from Rachel's point-of-view and you could see as the story went on how badly she was treated by Darcy). I liked that it got into the plot immediately, and it kept ...more
Ridley
Jesus, this book looks terrible. It's like Seinfeld, the chick-lit novel: watch and laugh as a cast of selfish assholes blunder through life.
Giselle
Controversial is what this book is, wooey!! I both loved and hated every character. Except Ethan. I just love Ethan! I also loved and hated every situation and possible conclusions of this story. Not in a - I hate this story - way. It's just a very no win situation for everybody. It's still a fun book for sure. A light and fun chick-lit to give you a break from changing diapers (or other similarly stimulating tasks that applies to you).

The plot is simple: Darcy and Rachel are BFFs, Darcy is eng
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Lily
I would seriously have to give this book 0 stars. I am fan of light-hearted chick lit as much as the next person...but for real, their 'song' in the book is 'thunder road.'

i found this book aggravating, the character pathetic and way way too passive - she does even make a move for the guy she wants, she waits for him to come to her, and the plot dull. the only exciting part was her shallow friend. and if you dislike a person that much why are you hanging around with them for 25 years?

i got all
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S.
This is a predictable read. I probably would have liked it more when I was younger. I have less patience for the characters behavior now. It's a quick read.

Rachel lives in the shadow of her best friend Darcy and has a pretty weak personality so far. She seems to resent her friend and yet, they both take each other for granted. Rachel doesn't seem to have confidence in herself and reacts to situations instead of acting on what she wants. Dex, Mr. Perfect, is also pretty weak. Why didn't he ask R
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Kim
This book is not my favorite genre, but I did enjoy it. I passed it on to my sister who loved it and even read Emily Giffin's other books. If chick-lit is your thing, this would probably be a terrific choice!
Beth F.
I entered the giveaway contest for this book without bothering to look up the premise and until I received the email notification telling me that I'd won I never did look. So as soon as I did look at the description, I was faced with the fact that I'd just committed myself to reading a book that had two major strikeouts against it before I even had it in my hands.

First, infidelity is one of my major hang ups and I wasn't entirely convinced I wanted to read about, let alone sympathize with a main
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Jess Michaelangelo
Nov 28, 2009 Jess Michaelangelo rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paige...she'd love it
Let's see. I couldn't put this book down. I'm not usually one to like "chick lit," but I really enjoyed this book. Thinking about the situation between Rachel and Dex, I know that what they're doing is wrong, end of story. But at the same time, I couldn't help but root for them. To me, that takes a good author--one who can let you look past the black and white and peer into the gray. For the most part, yes, this is your average predictable chick lit, but Emily Giffin throws in enough surprises t ...more
liz
Chick-lit, but I loved it! I really, really loved it! I couldn't put it down! (which was perfect when I had my sick brain). Rachel and Darcy have been best friends since elementary school, and now as successful adults they live on opposite sides of Central Park. The book starts at the beginning of the summer; at the end of the summer, Darcy will be getting married to Dex, Rachel's closest friend from law school (she introduced the two). For all of their lives, Darcy has been beautiful and the ce ...more
Vasia
I picked up this book thinking it would be a fun way to unwind from midterms, all snuggled up under my covers reading something that doesn'r require hat much thinking and it's cute.
Well I was wrong.
The story is about two friends who have known each other their whole lives. The protagonist,Rachel,is a colourless, empty of any trace of personality sorry excuse of a woman and the best friend,Darcy, is a high-school movie bitch, meaning she's gorgeous, rich and selfish.
The base of the story is that
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Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of six New York Times bestselling novels, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love The One You're With, Heart of the Matter, and Where We Belong, she lives in Atlanta with ...more
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