Sunday, February 10, 2008

Favorite Thing #19 - Something Borrowed and Something Blue by Emily Giffin

These two books are definitely on the top of my favorite books list. They are the same story (essentially) but told in two different perspectives. Both of these books are the type that I like to call mindless, fun, girl, beach reads. About a half a dozen of my friends have borrowed these books and loved them. I get the same response "I couldn't it down!" I had the same reaction. I read these at the beach two years ago in literally three days (about a day and a half each). I would go to the beach every morning, set my chair by the water and just read. That is definitely one of my favorite things to do and these books just made it just that much more enjoyable.

Here are some summaries of them courtesy of Amazon:

Something Borrowed: An unexpected love affair threatens a long-lived friendship in this soap opera–like debut from Atlanta ex-lawyer Giffin. Since elementary school, Rachel and Darcy have been best friends, with Darcy always outshining Rachel. While single Rachel is the self-confessed good girl, an attorney trapped at a suffocating New York law firm, Darcy is the complete opposite, a stereotypical outgoing publicist, planning a wedding with the handsome Dex. After Rachel's 30th birthday party, she knocks back one drink too many and winds up in bed with Dex. Instead of feeling guilty about sleeping with her best friend's fiancé, Rachel realizes that Dex is the only man she's really loved, and that she's always resented manipulative Darcy. Rachel and Dex spend a few weekends in the city together "working" while Darcy's off with friends at a Hamptons beach share, but finally Rachel realizes she'll have to give Dex an ultimatum. The flip job Giffin pulls off—here it's the cheaters who're sympathetic (more or less)—gives Dex and Rachel's otherwise ordinary affair extra edge. Rachel would be a more appealing heroine if she were less whiny about her job and her romantic prospects, and rambling dialogue slows the story's pace, but this is an enjoyable beach read—one that'll make readers cast a suspicious eye on best friends and boyfriends who seem to get along just a little too well.

Something Blue: Perhaps beautiful Darcy Rhone isn't really wicked, but she is one of the most shallow, materialistic, self-centered and naïve 29-year-olds around. Ostensibly a high-powered PR person in Manhattan (though she never seems to work), Darcy spends most of her time shopping, partying and getting ready for her wedding to perfect guy Dex. But an alcohol-fueled Hamptons fling with one of Dex's pals, Marcus, starts to break Darcy's perfect life down; and discovering Dex hiding in her best friend Rachel's closet really shatters it. Pregnant with Marcus's baby, Darcy decamps for London, where she crashes in high school pal Ethan's flat and annoys the heck out of him with her endless shopping and complete disregard for her impending motherhood. But after a good lecture from Ethan, whom Darcy has started to fall for a little, Darcy embarks on a self-improvement plan, thereby demonstrating she can think about someone besides herself.


josie said...

Have you read her other book, Baby Proof? Just as good as the other two so go read immediately if you haven't already :) I can't wait for her next book to come out!

Keri said...

I was always tempted to buy these books but hadn't known anyone that read them....but it will be on my list of things to bring on my vacation to Punta Cana!


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