Monday, October 5, 2009

Two Book Reviews in One: Something Borrowed and Something Blue by Emily Giffin

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pub. Date: April 2005
Pages: 352
ISBN-13: 9780312321192
Rating: 4 out of 5

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pub. Date: March 2006
ISBN-13: 9780312323868
Pages: 368
Rating: 4 out 5

Summary: In Something Borrowed, Rachel sleeps with her best friend Darcy's fiancee Dex. In Something Blue, after her engagement breaks up, a pregnant Darcy decides to start over and flees to England where her old friend Ethan lives.

Review: I'm going to be very honest here. I rarely read chick-lit books. And I do mean rarely. When my sister let me borrow four of her Emily Giffin books (Something Borrowed, Somehing Blue, Love the One You're, With, and Baby Proof), I hesitated. I kept the books in my shelf for months before I finally said, "What the heck."

I read Something Borrowed first. Trust me I was ready to cringe. Well, shock of all shocks! I loved it! The story started out with Rachel who ended up sleeping with ther best friend's fiancee, Dex. Rachel and Dex were ready to put the incident behind them, but due to the laws of attraction, they just can't!

At first, I didn't like what Rachel was doing even if her best friend Darcy was a selfish, self-centered witch. Then as I kept reading, I started to understand Rachel. In fact, I was able to relate to her...and later on, I was rooting for her. The book was so good that I picked up Something Blue immediately after finishing Something Borrowed.

Something Blue was all about Darcy. I never liked Darcy but I was interested in what was going to happen next. (There's a twist in the ending of Something Borrowed that I'm not going to tell you about because that's what made me pick up Something Blue next.)

In Something Blue, Darcy's pregnant. She's still the same mean woman from the first book. However, with a baby on the way, Darcy started to change. In the end, I actually started to (gasp!) like her.

Emily Griffin developed her characters very well. Both books were so entertaining that I ended up going to bed at 3 am the next morning. I just couldn't put them down.

Recommendation: Both books were fun to read. If you're a chick lit lover, you will definitely enjoy these.


  1. Glad to hear you enjoyed these, as they have been sitting on my shelf for a while. I read chick lit every once in a while, but I'm not a huge fan.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  2. Hi, Helen! Why is every other guy in chick lit named Darcy? I wonder...

  3. I am not a chick lit reader. I avoid them like the plague. although I have been tempted and actually skimmed through one at the store (while looking around to make sure no one sees me) I'm still not sure if I would start reading them..maybe one day.

  4. Hi, Anna! I think these are worthwhile to read. The Emily Giffin books are the only chick lits in my shelf right now.

  5. Hi, Peter. I noticed that too. I don't know why every chick lit has a character named Darcy. Maybe they have a Pride and Prejudice fixation. ;)

  6. Hello, okbolover. My first chick lit was The Other Woman. I forgot who the author was. I didn't know what possessed me to pick it up, but it was being sold as a hardback for $5 at Borders so that might have something to do with it. Anyway, I didn't like it, and I regretted buying it. I ended up donating it to the library a few months later.

    LOL, about your comment. Sometimes, I do pick up a chick lit to read the blurb, but I always end up rolling my eyes afterwards.

    And the romance section in the bookstore is something I avoid altogether.