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Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova (Luxury Reading)

Best friends since childhood, Rachel and Darcy have shared years of sleepovers and crushes, disappointments and successes. But the last thing that Darcy ever expected to share with her friend was her fiancé…

The stable and grounded Rachel had to work hard to achieve anything, while things came more easily to Darcy. Pretty and confident, Darcy seemed to glide through life, attracting high paying jobs, friends who worshipped her and best of all, a gorgeous and successful fiancé, Dex.

When Rachel met Dex in law school, she was sure that he was out of her league and was quick to introduce him to Darcy. The pair hit it off and was headed for the altar, but Dex’s hidden feelings for his law school friend lingered, finally finding their outlet on one drunken night after Rachel’s 30th birthday.

Rachel and Dex begin a passionate affair and before long, both know that their feelings go much deeper than mere lust. But can their relationship survive with Dex’s and Darcy’s wedding looming on the horizon?

Although I had Something Borrowed sitting on my bookshelf for a long time, it took the impending movie (releasing in May) and a borrowed NOOKbook for me to finally get around to reading it. Once I read the first few pages, I was hooked. Even though what Rachel and Dex were doing was technically wrong, Emily Giffin made it really easy to side against the jilted bride. Darcy was selfish and self centered; she took everything and gave very little in return.

Something Borrowed is the quintessential beach read, or, in my case, a buried-in-snow read. To me, Giffin’s writing was similar to that of Nicholas Sparks’; she built up the love story in a way that compelled me to keep reading, eager to find out the fate of the possibly-doomed lovers.

Rating: 3.5/5

Something Borrowed, the movie, is coming out on May 6, 2011!

Check out our review of Emily Giffin’s Heart of the Matter