It annoys me that all the reviews I've read on this site for Something Borrowed say that they hate Rachel because she's such an unrealistic and unlikaIt annoys me that all the reviews I've read on this site for Something Borrowed say that they hate Rachel because she's such an unrealistic and unlikable character. Really? I've been in Rachel's shoes, except my friend was simply in a steady relationship with the guy and he cheated on her with me, and no one was engaged. Shit like that happens as easily as it did in the book, and it really makes a person hate themselves, just like Rachel did in the beginning. But, also similar to Rachel, it gives you a rush and sparks an addiction to the passion and danger of being "clandestine lovers" that may have previously been nonexistent. Rachel is torn between knowing full well that what she is doing is positively the worst thing a best friend could do, and knowing that she can't fight it because she loves him. Giffin depicts this awful situation and Rachel's guilt/helplessness/confusion with such accuracy I felt like I was reading about my own life, my own situation.
Anyone who judges this book mainly on the basis that they don't feel that Rachel's actions are ever justified, you need to open your eyes. That's not the point of the book, to make Rachel go from the bad friend to the cute romantic heroine. It's (as is pretty plainly stated in the text) about how true love doesn't exactly stop to think about convenience or consequences. When you love someone, sacrifices are made, people can be hurt, and sometimes you lose friends in the process. It's a painful side of love, and an unfamiliar one in the realm of most chick lit I've read, because it didn't turn out the way I had imagined it would, which made me happy. All in all, I thought it was spectacular. The only reason I didn't give five stars was because some of the writing was lackluster. But she painted a wonderful story, and I can't wait to read her other novels. ...more
So tragic. So amazing. I genuinely am stunned at how good this book was. I bawled my eyes out and laughed and got goosebumps....My favorite quote wasSo tragic. So amazing. I genuinely am stunned at how good this book was. I bawled my eyes out and laughed and got goosebumps....My favorite quote was this bit:
“When Ada disappeared into the trees, it was like a part of the richness of the world had gone with her. He had been alone in the world and empty for so long. But she filled him full, and so he believed everything that had been taken out of him might have been for a purpose. To clear space for something better."
It was so well-written and blew the movie out of the water. Inman and Ada were so much more dynamic and beautiful. It's one of my favorites, for sure....more
It was pretty good, but not as riveting as the first book. The middle part especialllllly dragged on forever. And Brenda and Teresa were just annoyingIt was pretty good, but not as riveting as the first book. The middle part especialllllly dragged on forever. And Brenda and Teresa were just annoying by the end of it. Even Thomas was kind of getting on my nerves. And what's the deal with that gas chamber?! The Death Cure is probably going to be very dramatic, hopefully lots of action. Poor Thomas is never going to be happy, it seems. Overall, it was a good read. ...more