Throwback Thursday: November 16th – Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by Renee @ It’s Book Talk. This meme is an awesome way to share old favorites that were published over a year ago or even books that you’re finally reading after much time has passed. I have plenty of those to share! If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, and you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. Please link back to her@It’s Book Talk.


This Week’s Pick:

Something Borrowed

by Emily Giffin


Blurb: 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, 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.

My Thoughts:

I chose this book today because I read it at a very difficult time in my life and it quickly became a favorite. In 2006, my daughter, who was born three months prior, had to undergo an open heart surgery at a university hospital. After a very long 9-hour surgery, she was put into ICU and then into recovery for about a week. It was a very difficult time and all I could really do was sit in the hospital room, take care of her, and read. A staff member came around with a reading cart and let me pick out a few books. This was one of them. I remember picking it up and devouring it. At that time, I was younger and still into chick lit, just out of college, and this book really got me into reading again. It really brought me back to my love for reading.

The story follows two best friends who have been friends through thick and thin. Darcy pretty much has it all, a great job, a soon to be husband, and she pretty much gets what she wants every time. Rachel, the lawyer, is a bit different and begins to question why things are the way they are. Why isn’t her life more like Darcy’s? In a nutshell, she falls in love with Darcy’s fiance, Dex, and winds up sleeping with him. The drama ensues.

This is one of those books where I wasn’t sure who I was supposed to be rooting for. Cheating is something I have very strong feelings about and I think it’s totally wrong no matter what. I mean, certainly what Rachel and Dex did was wrong, but somehow I felt sympathy for all the characters and couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen with these relationships and how it would end. I loved the way it was written and it’s such a simple read and a page-turner. I was fairly satisfied with the ending and I hope to read more from this author in the future.

My rating on this one is 4****

Find this on Amazon and Goodreads

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press; 1st edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031232118X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312321185


More Throwback Thursday Picks Around the Blogosphere…

Renee at It’s Book Talk

Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe

Deanna at DeesRadReads and Reviews

Amanda at Literary Weaponry

Cathy at Between the Lines

Susan at Susan Loves Books

Cathy at What Cathy Read Next

Lynne at Fictionophile

Noriko at Diary of a Bookfiend

Sam at Clues and Reviews

Amy at NovelGossip

Annie at The Misstery

Diana at A Haven for Booklovers

Thanks for checking out this week’s Throwback Thursday!

26 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: November 16th – Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

  1. N. N. Light

    Great review, Jenn! I personally hated the book for the cheating when I read it prior to it being published. I enjoy Emma’s other books but I couldn’t get around the whole cheating sub-plot. I have very strong feelings about cheating and influences what I read. MRS N

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    1. Hey you! I’ve been thinking about you too. How are you? I did send you a message on hangouts a while back. Hope all is well!

      I do need to read the next book and have it added. Hope you’re well and that we can talk soon! 💕😉😽

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      1. Hey! I saw your message either yesterday or Monday…my days are running together!! It was late, and I didn’t know whether to leave you a message that late AND I knew if I started talking to you that late, I’d never go to bed, lol.

        If you get a chance, go check my blog! I just posted an update on everything that is going on! Then I hope we can chat soon…we have a lot to talk about!! ❤ 🙂

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        1. Hey! I’m so happy to see you. I did read it last night and was shocked, but understand you were having some problems. We need to catch up for sure! I hope you’re feeling okay and message me whenever you can. No pressure, just take care. I miss chatting with you so much, but I understand. ❤🖤❤🖤😊🤗 *Hugs*

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  2. Noriko

    This is one of the books that had a special place in my heart. But to be honest, I wonder if I still have the same sentiment I did when I first read the book.
    I think Emily Giffin tends to write on slightly controversial issues such as parenthood, adultery and in this case, cheating. Her writing is not over-emotional, but when done well, it tugs at our heartstrings. It brought back some memories about this book. Thanks, Jenn!

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    1. Thanks, Noriko. I haven’t even read much by this author. The last one I read by her was a 3star for me. I think this one for me was so much of a page turner that I loved it. Like you, I hated the cheating because I’m so against it, but wow, the author pulled me into the story. 😚💞

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