Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Something Borrowed

There's that old adage, Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.  It's an adage I think of more and more now that I'm engaged.  Even if I don't follow it to the letter of the law, I love the thought of it, the traditions.  Well, Emily Griffith's book, Something Borrowed, takes the concept to an all new level.

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The Premise:  Darcy and Rachel have been best friends since they were 10 years old.  Fast forward 20 years, and we are poised on the eve of Rachel's 30th birthday.  Rachel is taking stock of all of the things that are going right and wrong in her life.  She hates the job that she has always wanted.  And instead of the suburbs home with a husband and children, she's single and living alone in a studio apartment in the city.  Darcy, on the other hand, seemingly has it all.  The perfect job, the perfect social circle, and the perfect fiancee.  That is, until Rachel falls madly in love... with Darcy's "perfect" fiancee Dex.  The story chronicles their passionate affair, and how it affects everyone involved.

My thoughts:  First things first.  I am engaged to a perfect, handsome man.  So from the outset, I can tell you that in all honesty, I did not enjoy a whole lot about this book.  Perhaps at a time when one is not closely examining the complexities and permanent bonds of marriage, the book would be considerably more enjoyable.  But the whole concept about falling in love with your best friends' man just rubs an engaged woman wrong on multiple subconscious levels.  I could not fall in love with this book in any way.  I hated the characters.  I hated the plot.  I felt angry reading it, and could only hope that Rachel dumped Dex's cheating @$$ in the end.  I won't ruin it for you, and tell you what happens.  No spoilers up in hurr.  But I will say that I am taking a break from the sequel.  I can't handle more of that kind of drama.

Buy it, borrow it, or burn it:  This depends entirely on your situation.  If you are angsty and single, buy it.  If you are happily, permanently married, happily single, or never, ever, EVER get even a little jealous, borrow it.  And if you and are engaged, a newlywed, or seriously dating but not fully committed, BURN IT.  Don't even pretend to read it.  Don't try.  It's not for you, my friend.  But I am certain that some of you will love it, and in fact, have loved it in the past.  Just not when you are suffering from the tedium of planning a wedding.

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  1. LOL!!! I love your "buy, borrow, or burn" section. It totally did not occur to me that different marriage situations would warrant different responses to the book. It totally makes sense, though!

  2. ehhhh yeah I don't see myself liking this book either. When I was still engaged, one of my friends began hooking up with a guy who was also engaged, and she was giggling to me about it. that pissed me off SO badly, so I will not be reading this book!

  3. I was not at all a fan, either. And not even so much because of the cheating/Rachel stealing her BF's guy, or my specific relationship status. I just didn't like ANY of the characters. As a commenter on my review put it, they were "a bunch of spineless obnoxious people that I wouldn’t hang out with."

  4. I haven't read this book, but feel like I would definitely want to burn it.

    Thanks for the review though :) Solidified my theory in NOT reading it.

  5. If it didn't include a good girl on girl ass whoopin then I don't think it would benefit me to read it. there's girl code and someone crossed the line.

  6. I've seen the movie, and I'm the girl who has been through the crapper with "best friends" doing horrifying things with my exes. And yet, I liked this "movie." Mostly because it's honest, it happens, and the fact that the friendship dies in the end is honest, it's real. Crappy and not uplifting, absolutely, but I loved it none the less.


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