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.
Just a FYI at the beginning. As this review was written by Sue it might contain spoilers ~ Tanja
You all know by now that a hobby of mine is reading books that have been or are about to be adapted into a movie.
When I was at the theater, all excited to see Water For Elephants, still on my NYC high from talking to a couple thousand people being able to see Rob in person for 4 seconds, getting to hug Sara Gruen(a HUGE highlight of my trip and she was worth standing 16 hours in the rain to meet),... Oh wait, that is all another post about my adventures.
ANYWAYS, I was sitting in the theater with my hubs when a movie trailer came on about the movie Something Borrowed based on the best selling book by Emily Giffin. I was all excited thinking "YAY! A book and the movie comes out soon" and I did not remember T ever talking about this book so maybe T has not read it.
SILLY SUE should have checked with her T before spending the $7 on Barnes and Noble!
|Rachel, played by Ginnifer Goodwin|
She lives alone. She has the perfect friend that everyone secretly hates because Darcy is obnoxious loud and always gets what she wants
and Rachel is in love with her best friends fiance.
It is more complicated than that. Rachel and Darcy have been best friends since they were little girls and I have to agree with the character Ethan, their male friend from grade school, that Darcy has spent her life running roughshod over Rachel turning everything into a competition of "I can top you because I am great and you are plain boring Rachel and lets see how far I can push your buttons till you crack!"
Darcy has to always best Rachel she had been doing it since they were kids.
Rachel had a crush on a boy
BAM Darcy would have a crush on same boy and get him to date her
Rachel wanted to get into Notre Dame
BAM Darcy said she did
Rachel wants to get the best score on the SAT
BAM Darcy tops her by 5 points (which is impossible I guess because according to the book they score by 10. I have no idea I took the ACTs but that is besides the point)
|Darcy, played by Kate Hudson|
WELL at her 30th surprise birthday party Rachel and Dex end up getting a bit drunk and sleep together. SO it is beginning of a summer romance where Dex the wimp, and Rachel the passive whiny people pleaser sneak around on Darcy the annoying.
I can honestly say that throughout the book I wanted to get these characters in a room and SLAP all of them.
I wanted to tell Dex to grow a set of balls, and shit or get off the pot. I wanted to tell Rachel to grow a damn backbone. And I just wanted to tell Darcy to shut up and stop thinking about her hair and her weight and quit flirting with everything in pants!!
|Dex, played by Colin Egglesfield|
WHAT KEPT me reading this book was this: These characters are crafted in such a way that you WANT to find out what happens to them, no matter how annoyed you are with the process!
- I wanted to see if the wedding would take place.
- I wanted to see if Dex would finally make a choice.
- I wanted to see if Rachel would finally say "ENOUGH! I am doing this FOR ME because damn it I deserve it!"
- I wanted to see if Darcy would finally screw up and be left with only her shallow friends that are such a bunch of sycophants I was seeing them as bobble head dolls instead of people.
|Ethan, played by John Krasinski|
Darcy is a self indulgent annoying character. Sadly the whiny behavior of Rachel does not make up for this. Dex, well, I have not read such an annoying frustrating man in ages.
So I guess what I am saying here is this: I do not recommend that you buy this book. Borrow it, if you want to see for yourself what is going on.
If not I'd give it a pass. If you enjoy characters that are well written but are so frustrating you want to strangle them, then, by all means buy the book.
IF you liked this book I want to talk to you. I want to hear WHY and I want to know what redeeming things you found in these people. So leave me comments. I'm off to find something good to read with at least one character I can like and feel some empathy for.