Rachel White is the consummate good girl. A hard-working attorney at a large Manhattan law firm and a diligent maid of honor to her charmed best friend Darcy, Rachel has always played by all the rules. Since grade school, she has watched Darcy shine, quietly accepting the sidekick role in their lopsided friendship. But that suddenly changes the night of her thirtieth birthday when Rachel finally confesses her feelings to Darcy’s fiance, and is both horrified and thrilled to discover that he feels the same way. As the wedding date draws near, events spiral out of control, and Rachel knows she must make a choice between her heart and conscience. In so doing, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren’t always neat, and sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself.
This book took me through the gamut of emotions. First off Ihave to say that reading a book written in forst person always throws me off a little until I get used to it. I’m particularly fond of first person novels, but I liked this one. Typically I’d have no good thoughts toward a woman who carries on an affair with her best friends fiancee, much less any good feelings toward the fiancee himself. But Giffin brilliantly sets up the book to where black and white cannot be discerned and the characters are living in a world of grey.
Rachel, the long time friend of Darcy finds herself embroiled in a love affair with Dex, Darcy’s soon to be husband. Rachel who introduced Dex to Darcy always had feelings for Dex though she denied and suppressed them until the night of her birthday when everything came spilling out. But being the passive friend of the aggressive Darcy, she practically hands Dex to her best friend while convincing herself that she only sees him as a friend. But I think what strikes me the most is that not only has Rachel convinced herself that she only sees Dex as a friend, she also believes that she is not deserving of a man of his caliber or him period.
Used to playing second fiddle to the selfish, overbearing Darcy, Rachel has resigned herself to a lifetime of second best and settling because she’s not convinced she can do or deserves better. My feelings for Rachel are two-fold. On one hand she annoyed the crap out of me, and on the other I love her awakening and growth if you will. In the book there are many flashbacks to Rachel’s and Darcy’s friendship as kids, and I hated the way she always and still lets Darcy “run roughshod over her” as Ethan so eloquently puts it. I was irritated that she never had a backbone where Darcy was concerned and ended up buying into the hype that Darcy was perfection like everyone else. After all, it’s your friends that should be able to be honest with you, and she never put Darcy in her place. Not even when Darcy managed to ruin many pivotal and important moments in her life. It also infuriates me when it took her forever to make clear to Dex her expectations and wants. But on the other hand, once Rachel starts having the affair, she has an awakening or epiphany of sorts. She finally really begins to see Darcy as she truly is, and becomes annoyed by her. She also begins to see herself in a new light. No longer is she the same girl being taken advantage of. She is finally taking life by the reigns and making things happen in her life and going for what she wants instead of letting things happen. I think that may be the good thing that came of the affair.
As for Darcy, she is one of the most self-centered characters I’ve ever read about. It was easy for me not to like her and to root for Rachel and Dex although morally it was wrong. And in true Darcy fashion, she still manages to upstage Rachel, even in betrayel. I really don’t see how they remained frinds for as long as they did. The friendship was rather lopsided. I had no sympathy for Darcy at all, and really wanted to wring her neck a few times.
Dex is a mixture of emaotions for me. At times I really liked him and at times he made me so mad. But despite the events, him and Rachel really do fit. But I wish that he had realized it sooner, like before he got himself involved with Darcy in the first place. Two characters I loved throughout the whole book was Ethan and Hillary. I was almost secretly wishing Rachel and Ethan would get together. Ethan was a solid guy with good intentions who really cared. And Hillary was pretty funny and I loved her candid nature.
Overall this was a great book with a great cast of characters and I definitley recommend reading it. Now I want to go and see the movie to see how it translates on film. Have any of you read Somthing Borrowed? If so, what did you think?
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