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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, Ra
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Hardcover, 322 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2004)
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Joanne I totally disagree with Jessica (no offence!) I don't think it's just a question of being a good friend or not, or even putting the guy before a…moreI totally disagree with Jessica (no offence!) I don't think it's just a question of being a good friend or not, or even putting the guy before a friendship. I think it just shows that in life you do have to make choices that will affect you. Rachel had two choices, choose the guy or loyal to a friendship she had outgrown. She had started to see the true lies of her friend who she had always put first previously, and for once was actually true to herself and her own feelings. I honestly don't think the firmed who have thought twice about doing it to her. Two wrongs don't make a right but I guess until your in a situation like that, you never know what you would do. If the couple had have got married then I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have lasted and who's to say Rachel wouldn't have got fed up with her friendship being taken for granted in a few hrs anyway?! I quite like the fact it wasn't you're usual uncomplicated predictable love story. I couldn't put the book down!(less)

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Traci
May 10, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ugh
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
Jul 02, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit, read_07
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
Jun 20, 2009 rated it did not like it

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
Oct 20, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  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 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 15, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Dec 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklits
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 rated it liked it
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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Miriam
Oct 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: bad friends

Oh, so this is how it sounds inside the heads of people who can rationalize anything.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
You guys. I had EXTREMELY low expectations for this book and it totally blew me away. I've been avoiding this series for years because I thought it was just gonna be some lame ass, cheesy chick-lit, but MAN. I reeeeaaaaally liked this. Getting the next book from my library tonight because I *NEED* it.
Anne
May 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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Allison
Sep 06, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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 rated it it was amazing
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
Love Fool
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Shannon
Aug 22, 2012 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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Jennifer

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 t
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Obsidian
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tbr-2017
So here's the thing. I used to read Emily Griffin books. For some odd reason I have this book and the sequel to this on my Kindle from way back when. After overstuffing myself with true crime books, I decided to switch to some chick lit. I honestly don't recall reading this book and I am kind of horrified that I ever bought it in the first place.

"Something Borrowed" I think takes way too much pangs to absolve the main character in this one (Rachel) from the guilt she rightfully should feel about
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Rose
Mar 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
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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Mohammed Arabey
Jan 07, 2017 marked it as for-consideration  ·  review of another edition
Well, I just watched the movie by chance yesterday, I liked it.. Darcy "perfectly portrayed by Kate Hudson" is really interesting character, and her friendship with Rachel is complicated and remarkable.
Then I wanted more, I find this book sample;
Then I reached my twenties. And the early twenties did seem to last forever. When I heard acquaintances a few years older lament the end of their youth, I felt smug, not yet in the danger zone myself. I had plenty of time. Until about age twenty-seven, w
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Kelly
May 27, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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Vasia
Feb 28, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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't require that much thinking and is cute.
Well I was wrong.
The story is about two friends who have known each other their whole lives. The protagonist,Rachel,is a colorless, 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 R
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valee
Jul 31, 2011 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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Sara
This was the first book by Emily Giffin that I read (also her first one), and she immediately became one of my favorite authors.
Her books can be defined as chick-lit, but they all have a slightly more serious tone. They maintain an easy style, but they also pose serious questions along the line.
The thing I like the most about Giffin is the tension and suspense she’s able to pour into her books (most of them).
Something Borrowed is the story of two best friends Darcy and Rachel. As all best friend
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S.
May 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Bree
Sep 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, 2000-2005
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
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.
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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Renee
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio
Loved the movie. This, not so much. Rachel annoyed me and I really just wanted to punch Dex's face (bearing in mind I wanted to do the exact opposite to the movie, Dex). I think I'll just stick to the movie. Everyone's happy that way ;)
Fenia
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have mixed feelings about this one. I loved and hated Rachel. I had seen the movie first though, and the book surprised me, the good kind of surprise. It was a good book and the characters had more depth than the the characters in the movie (obviously). A good fluffy book. <3
Ridley
Aug 22, 2012 added it
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.
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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 seven New York Times bestselling novels, The One & Only, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love The One You're With, Heart of the Matter, and Where We Belong, she
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