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Something Borrowed | [Emily Giffin]

Something Borrowed

Rachel has always been a good girl--until her 30th 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 wrong are blurry, endings aren't always neat, and you have to risk all to win true happiness.
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Publisher's Summary

Rachel has always been a good girl--until her 30th 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 wrong are blurry, endings aren't always neat, and you have to risk all to win true happiness.

©2004 Emily Giffin; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    Lourdy United States 07-28-10
    Lourdy United States 07-28-10 Member Since 2010
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    "light and harty"

    This novel was a refreshingly light novel. The characters were well developed and the issues presented in the story line were very realistic. I enjoyed every minute of this listen and felt as though I were watching a scandalous lifetime movie. Whenever I stopped the audiobook I looked forward to the next time I would have to pick it up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Odochi 05-12-14
    Odochi 05-12-14
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    "If you like weak minded heroines then is for you."
    What did you like best about Something Borrowed? What did you like least?

    I liked that Rachel finally took a stand for herself, but I didn't like how weak she was really throughout the entire book. She's an intelligent and accomplished woman, but all she seems to think about is her best friend being a bitch to her since they met and her yearning for her fiance. I understand it's difficult to stand up against your friends especially when you're so used to their behavior, but in my opinion I don't like that she went behind her back and continued the affair. I think she should have been upfront with Dax from the beginning instead of allowing herself to be his mistress until he decided it was time. I thought this would be a cute romantic dramedy, but it just annoyed me, I'm glad I held off on purchasing the sequel.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Game of Thrones book 2


    What does Jennifer Wiltsie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think she did a great job of conveying the emotions of the characters.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I actually so the movie first, but never saw the last 20 minutes so I figured it would be nice to read the book since I liked the film...I was wrong. The movie changed a lot, but I'm glad that it cut Rachel and Dax's relationship to only a few stolen moments, but I didn't like how they changed the Ethan and Rachel's relationship and cut out Hillary.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly I don't know what woman would read this and think it's so amazing. Emily Griffin is a good writer, but if her female characters are all like Rachel I'd prefer to steer clear.

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    Lena Smyrna, TN, United States 06-30-13
    Lena Smyrna, TN, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a busy sports mom listening to romance only. If the narrator is good and it has a decent plot, I will find it enjoyable.

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    "Good if you get past Darcy"
    Would you try another book from Emily Giffin and/or Jennifer Wiltsie?

    Yes.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Emily Giffin? Why or why not?

    Yes. The story was good, but Darcy's character drives me crazy and Rachel even more because she allowed her to bully her.


    Did Something Borrowed inspire you to do anything?

    No.


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    Ashley RIVER RIDGE, LA, United States 05-21-13
    Ashley RIVER RIDGE, LA, United States 05-21-13
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    "Better than I expected"

    I was all set up to hate this book and think it was cheesy, but I was pleasantly surprised. It isn't the best book I've ever read, or even the best chick lit, but it was solid and enjoyable and entertaining. I will read the other books in this series. I would recommend.

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    07-20-12
    07-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved It"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. A friend actually recommended it to me. I liked it better than Something Borrowed. I laughed and even cried through the book. Darcy's arrogance and outlook on life was entertaining not to mention funny.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Something Borrowed?

    When Ethan and Darcey finally confessed they loved each other when walking the twins in the park.


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Wiltsie???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Once before with Something Borrowed. I loved the movie.


    Who was the most memorable character of Something Borrowed and why?

    Darcey. So arrogant that you love her for it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie KIRKLAND, WA, United States 06-02-12
    Leslie KIRKLAND, WA, United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Even better than the movie!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but I think I would recommend the print version over the audiobook because I did not care for the narrator. That being said, I still really enjoyed the audiobook and found myself listening to it even when I wasn't in the car.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Something Borrowed?

    I had already seen the movie, so I wasn't really surprised or moved by anything in particular. However, I did enjoy the book much better (even though I also loved the movie) because it contained character development, backstory, and slight plot differences that were not in the film.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Wiltsie – was your favorite?

    I did not care for Jennifer Wiltsies performance of this book. She made Rachel seem pouty and dull, Darcy seems whiny and shrill, and Dex seem monotone and cold. So I will base my favorite character on the story, not the narration and I would have to say Ethan.

    His character is so lovable in the film that I thought I wouldn't like his minor presence in the book (friends had told me he wasn't in the first book much), but I somehow found him even more lovable despite his small role. I have heard he plays a much bigger part in the second book so I am looking forward to that.


    If you could take any character from Something Borrowed out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Definitely Ethan, he is such a great guy in this story. I also found Marcus to be much more likable in the book than he was in the film.


    Any additional comments?

    At first I didn't see much reason to read this book because I had seen the film, but I wanted to read the second one (I am not sure if they are turning it into a film) so I decided to go ahead and read the first one anyway. Friends told me it was a bit different than the movie, which I didn't think I would like but instead I enjoyed this version even better. I am starting book two today!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Whelton Bloomington, IL USA 04-12-12
    Debbie Whelton Bloomington, IL USA 04-12-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Yuk! Bad story"
    Would you try another book from Emily Giffin and/or Jennifer Wiltsie?

    No


    Has Something Borrowed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from Something Borrowed?

    All of them!


    Any additional comments?

    I could not finish this book - it was that bad. The characters were not likeable at all. I couldn't find any redeeming qualities in them. And the story just dragged. After 2 hours of waiting for something to happen, I gave up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maha Bali Egypt 03-28-12
    Maha Bali Egypt 03-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "waste of time as a full length novel!"
    What disappointed you about Something Borrowed?

    the characters were to caricaturish, nothing made sense, and nothing much happened!!! i kept waiting for a twist, but.. nothing!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Emily Giffin again?

    probably not


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Wiltsie???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not really.. the narrator was good,... the story could work as a (average quality) chick flick movie but listening to a full length novel of the traitorous main character's spineless thoughts was a waste of my time


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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 11-06-11
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I guess I am a EG fan..."

    First the narrator grated on my nerves. I didn't think I would ever get through this book. The storyline was good. But written to what seems a younger audience. Even though...well, my mother wouldn't have let me read it. Maybe EG was trying to speak to everyone but that narrator was almost too much to take. I KNOW Darcy is SUPPOSE to be LOUD even so..
    I have purchased all of the Giffen books on Audible. Something Blue redeems Darcy but that was a tough listen also. Re: this book I actually thought the movie was better and I never say that. I love books and they cannot all be bright gems but this one is still in the treasure chest....

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    Georgia Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-13-11
    Georgia Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-13-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Finally some good chick-lit!"

    Yeah, this isn't going to be winning a pulitzer anytime soon, but if you're at all into chick-lit, this is a good one. I enjoyed the story because I like when I find myself vacillating between agreeing and disagreeing with a character, which definitely happened here. Well worth the buy, and the narrator is great.

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