Something Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel, #1) by Emily Giffin

Something Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel, #1)

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 ...

Details Something Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel, #1)

TitleSomething Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel, #1)
Release DateJun 1st, 2004
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews Something Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel, #1)

  • Traci
    I only acknowledge that I read this book so I can say how much I hated it. The two main characters are completely unlikable, one for being completely self-absorbed and selfish, and the other for being so spineless and whiny. So spineless, in fact, that the action of her sleeping with her friend's fiancé wasn't even a credible one. The further I got into it, the more I was disgusted with it. I also found it very difficult to believe that at 30, t...
  • katie
    It wasn't bad as chicklit goes, but I don't know how sympathetic I can be to characters who are betraying their fiancees and best friends. Plus, in order to make the cheating something "okay," a lot of energy is put into making Darcy really off-putting and Rachel really kind of pathetic. I liked Hilary and Ethan a lot (though in all other chick lit books Ethan would have been either gay or the guy Rachel actually ended up with), but the central r...
  • Lola
    Every time I read a new page from this book, my soul died a little more. Cheating is not okay. It should not be normalized.
  • Megha
    GR Giveaway.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 ...
  • Alison
    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 prove...
  • Sarah
    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 dislik...
  • Bonnie
    I loved this book and have passed it on to other friends! Thanks to Kristi for turning me on to this author. This is one of the best chick-lit books ever. The follow-up "Something Blue" was almost as good. The story focuses on two lifelong best friends, Rachel and Darcy. The first installment is told from Rachel's perspective; the second book is told from Darcy's perspective. Very clever.Rachel is the single, plain, thirtysomething, always a resp...
  • Annalisa
    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...
  • Winna
    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. Darc...
  • Mir
    Oh, so this is how it sounds inside the heads of people who can rationalize anything.
  • Anne
    ??????I don't understand the rave reviews. How is this a good story? Was Rachael supposed to be the one I was rooting for in this scenario? 'Cause I didn't like her. She was BORING. Rachael was a whiner who played it safe, then blamed her friend for all of the things that she didn't have. Yes, Darcy was a self-centered friend. So what?! If you don't like the way she treats you...stop returning her calls! And Dex? Ugh. He was a cheater. C-H-E-A-T-...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    You guys. I had EXTREMELY low expectations for this book and it totally blew me away. I've been avoiding this series for years because I thought it was just gonna be some lame ass, cheesy chick-lit, but MAN. I reeeeaaaaally liked this. Getting the next book from my library tonight because I *NEED* it.
  • Allison
    You WANT to hate the main character - I mean, she's not only hooking up with an engaged man, but it's her best friend's fiance - but, Griffin did an amazing job of making Rachel someone you rooted for. So, congrats on that!This was a great beach read. Quick and quirky.
  • Kim
    This is my absolute favourite in chick lit. The characters are very well written and real. And you can't help but to feel for the main girl. She may be sleeping with her best friend's fiancé. But that doesn't mean that she's completely cruel and doesn't deserve the other girl's friendship. Or your own. The way the author retells the girl's background. How they interacted as they grew up. And how one always used the other as a measuring stick for...
  • .Under the pages
    Rachel has been living all her life under her best friend’s shadow. Darcy was more beautiful, got into the university that Rachel wanted and even managed to have the boys that Rachel liked. Which included Dex, the men that Rachel liked in law school who is now Darcy’s fiancé. Until Rachel and Dex end up in bed together on Rachel’s thirtieth birthday…Rachel tem vivido na sombra da sua melhor amiga. Darcy era mais bonita, entrou na univers...
  • Love Fool
    LOVE this book. Read it twice because I loved it so much. I am against cheating (who isn't), especially with your best friend's man butttttt this made me cheer for the main character who was having an affair with her best friend's man. How could you not love Rachel? I was able to relate to her when I thought I was going to hate her. This made me tear up and laugh and wish I was friends with Rachel (even with her flaw). I recommend reading this on...
  • Jennifer
    ★Something Borrowed is the first installment in Emily Giffin's chick-lit series titled: Darcy & Rachel. I have just discovered Ms. Giffin, and while I loved the first book I read that was written by her, I have to admit, I didn't love this one so much. The writing style remains fun and light, but I hated the characters. I guess I just hated that the main characters' romance was based on such deceit and yet it ended in a HEA. That is a pet peeve...
  • Obsidian
    So here's the thing. I used to read Emily Griffin books. For some odd reason I have this book and the sequel to this on my Kindle from way back when. After overstuffing myself with true crime books, I decided to switch to some chick lit. I honestly don't recall reading this book and I am kind of horrified that I ever bought it in the first place."Something Borrowed" I think takes way too much pangs to absolve the main character in this one (Rache...
  • Rose
    I spent the better part of the day reading this book, all 300 some odd pages, and was utterly disappointed by it. Granted, I don't harbor any ill will towards chick-lit books, but what started off as a mildly interesting story dwindled into a spiraling trainwreck of deception and haphazard emotions between flat and stereotypical characters. I'll briefly summarize the main point of the story: Rachel, a seemingly good-natured lawyer in her 30s ends...
  • Kelly
    Rachel falls for her best friend's fiance during her 30th birthday party. The fiance, Dex, returns Rachel's amorous feelings. Rachel and Dex went to law school together and Rachel introduced Dex to her best friend. Meanwhile, Darcy, the best friend, remains clueless and engrossed in wedding planning. Emily Giffin, the author, paints Darcy as the villian (she's self-centered and shallow), especially when *spoiler* Darcy comes over to Rachel's apar...
  • Vasia
    I picked up this book thinking it would be a fun way to unwind from midterms, all snuggled up under my covers reading something that doesn't require that much thinking and is cute.Well I was wrong.The story is about two friends who have known each other their whole lives. The protagonist,Rachel,is a colorless, empty of any trace of personality sorry excuse of a woman and the best friend,Darcy, is a high-school movie bitch, meaning she's gorgeous,...
  • Catherine ♡
    This was so bad. Which is disappointing, because I could see myself liking the writing style. It was the content and the characters that were so bad and so problematic.1. Rachel is just an annoying character. Cheating has always been something I hated reading, but what's even worse is the attempt to justify it afterwards and lie about it. I never saw Rachel's situation as "a moral dilemma," as it was referred to in the reading guide—it was pret...
  • Sara
    This was the first book by Emily Giffin that I read (also her first one), and she immediately became one of my favorite authors.Her books can be defined as chick-lit, but they all have a slightly more serious tone. They maintain an easy style, but they also pose serious questions along the line.The thing I like the most about Giffin is the tension and suspense she’s able to pour into her books (most of them).Something Borrowed is the story of t...
  • mich
    Sorry, I think this is just not my kinda book. To me, it just seemed like a story about a crappy group of friends who did a shitload of crappy things to each other. I didn’t really like any of the characters except for Ethan and Hillary.On the plus side, the writing is engaging and I found it to be a quick and easy read.
  • Mehrsa
    I was in the mood to read fluff, but is it too much to ask to read fluff that isn't filled with absurd stereotypes that make you cringe? The Mexican maid who steals the ring and lies about it? The valedictorian named Cho who is super smart but has no personality? The homophobia? The (I kid you not) bulbous nosed law firm lawyer who is greedy and awful? And many more? It's also the stupidest plot in the world. The dude is an asshole and so is the ...
  • Bree
    Unlike a lot of "chick-lit", this one was semi-believable and I actually liked the main character (Rachel). She was a smart girl, not all obsessed with shopping and spending money...she just seemed like a normal person, someone I might hang out with. Darcy, on the other hand...irritated me SO bad (probably because the story was written from Rachel's point-of-view and you could see as the story went on how badly she was treated by Darcy). I liked ...