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“Something Borrowed” by Emily Giffin

Whilst helping her perfect friend pick out the perfect dress with the perfect matching lip stick and nail polish for her upcoming wedding should the maid of honor really be fantasizing about the groom?

In “Something Borrowed”, Emily Giffin’s debut novel brings us unashamed chick-lit with an edge. The reader is caught up in the complications of love, friendship and rivalry, in a situation that is at times poignant and often humorous.

The tale unfolds bringing together a cast of believably flawed characters, Rachel always finds herself in her best friend Darcy’s shadow and seems to be quite content until Dex shines the spotlight directly on her, “Okay. So maybe I’m a bad person. There is no other plausible explanation for my lack of guilt. Do I have it in for Darcy? Do I resent her perfect life-how easily things come to her? Or maybe, subconsciously, in my drunken state, I was getting even for past wrongs.”

We are caught up in Rachel’s moral dilemma of whether to follow her heart or do what’s right by her best friend. You soon realize that this courtesy wouldn’t be extended if the shoe was on the other foot, and I couldn’t help but root for the unexpected and insecure heroine of this book. It is written in such a way that you can imagine these characters flitting around Manhattan, anxiously trying to hide their secrets from each other, all the time causing more trouble for themselves.

A lighthearted and utterly addictive page turner, don’t expect to do much once you’ve started this! by Dorothy Raffo, BookBuffet Reviewer

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