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 totally contra to her so called good girl persona Could she not find any real friends Even after growing up and living apart from Darcy for several years during college Far from being a modern heroine, I found Rachel weak, immoral, flat, and lifeless totally not a person to root for.
Every time I read a new page from this book, my soul died a little Cheating is not okay It should not be normalized.
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 the show, these two 30 yr old women can t think or talk about anything beyond dating and men.
Both the main characters are annoying Darcy is a shallow self serving bitch and Rachel lacks a backbone They have been best friends since childhood But their friendship doesn t seem credible at all Darcy is self centered and insensitive and has been running all over Rachel forever Rachel has an inferiority complex and is jealous of her so called best friend s charmed life.
to them a good life being defined by the number of boyfriends they have had I don t see why the two are friends at all And Rachel is trying to use this jealousy as a reason to justify sleeping with her best friend s fianceeUgh I finally put the book down at a point where Rachel is talking about how she had begun to dislike her boyfriend in college because he was rooting for Duke s basketball team and not Indiana.
And the writing is really nothing worth mentioning.
The book also contains a page suggesting questions for discussion, it seems the publishers expect the readers to ponder over this subject matter after reading the bookyeah, right
Rachel is the single, plain, thirtysomething, always a responsible good girl attorney Something I can totally relate to except for the lawyer part LOL Darcy is the exact opposite she is the outgoing, popular, pretty girl who is engaged to Dex As the story unfolds, we learn that Rachel has known Dex since law school and has been in love with him for quite some time And as luck would have it, Dex confesses his feelings for Rachel even though he is engaged to Darcy Normally one might frown on such an affair, but Rachel s character is one that most of us can relate to and I for one was sympathetic Rachel does suffer some immense feelings of guilt, but also learns a lot about herself, her history, and her friendship with Darcy.
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 something to read when you don t want to have to think At all The definition of beach reading I think this book is great to read on vacation, but other than that I thought it was crap I mean seriously, is there REALLY a debate over whether or not Rachel did the right thing The author sets up the story in a way so that it s impossible to sympathize or side with Darcy, who is such an uber bitch that it nullifies any debate whatsoever over whether or not Rachel and Dex were in the right One of those, she s getting what she deserves situations Instead of turning this potentially highly dramatic situation into a truly interesting discussion over morals, values, and a debate over what s right and wrong, the decision is already made for us by bland, predictable, one sided characters and situations I guess when it comes down to it I d rather watch garbage tv than read a garbage book.
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 Fianc 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 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 makes the beginning drag What I wanted from that opening scene was not memories of Rachel and Darcy as kids I wanted to be pulled into the scene and believe the sequence of events that ended with a girl in bed with her best friend s fiancee I needed to get me there The lawyer presenting to the jury bit afterwards was amusing, but it didn t get me into her head to justify how it happened I needed to sympathize with Rachel.
Maybe what I needed to sympathize with her was a reason Dex was worth risking a friendship over All I got from Rachel were some vague stereotypes that he was handsome and smart Even in the scenes he was in, I didn t get any personality from him He was like a fuzzy character in a dream that never quite materializes into a real person I had to take Rachel s word for it every time she said she loved him because I didn t get anything out of their relationship When Ethan asked Rachel if she was only interested in Dex so she could win something over Darcy, I thought that must be it I m still not convinced that isn t true In the end I had a hollow feeling, and it wasn t just at the things lost It was that I still didn t know Dex and didn t know if he was worth it to either girl It made the ending mean a whole lot less to me.
The whole book I kept trying to get inside Dex s head to figure out why he was cheating, why he wouldn t make a decision, why he stayed with Darcy, why he kept leading Rachel on, why he did anything, but I couldn t pin down Dex s motivation While it bothered me to have such a pivotal character so undefined, it kind of worked to keep up the suspense I had no idea if he liked Darcy or Rachel, if he was using Rachel or Darcy, if he was conflicted about this whole thing or a player, or if he was going to pull some twist in the whole drama Darcy was supposed to be the volatile unknown, but I almost think Dex was of one.
In the end, I don t think the story is as much about the love triangle as it is about friendship The complexity of childhood turned adult friendship was very well done and I even though I wanted to strangle Darcy, I could see why Rachel had remained friends with her Interesting that the character who moved in to late to reach best friend status who was also so passive was named Annalise I don t know what that s like at all read sarcasm I had trouble with the route and justifications and conclusions that the romance took, but looking at the story as a journey of two friends, I liked it a whole lot.
ETA I liked the movie Dex was still a cardboard, but I could see better what Rachel saw in him and how he was conflicted John Kransinski stole the show.
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 Sometimes I really like Darcy for being so perfect Sometimes I hate her for being so annoying.
The truth is, all characters are flawed and personally, not likeable However, they are all original and real, that s why I give 4 stars for this book it is hard for an author to create a character that is not so adorable but real and nice to read My favorite is Hillary and Ethan I can picture Stanley Tucci acting as Ethan if this were made into a movie.
Then there is this perfect but not so perfect then Dex Thaler Dex is the handsome, patient, smart guy who is all perfect for Rachel Only he never decides whether he wants Rachel or Darcy until the very end.
Rachel herself is not a character I sympathize with She is passive, she does not know what she wants, and she cannot stand up for herself It is actually quite annoying to know that everything that happens to her is not all Darcy s selfish fault It is her fault too, for not defending herself.
However, I like the book I like how the author creates twists and makes the story believable and in the end I m happy for everyone bravo Good Christmas read Oh, so this is how it sounds inside the heads of people who can rationalize anything.