“But I have learned that you make your own happiness, that part of going for what you want means losing something else. And when the stakes are high, the losses can be that much greater.”
– Something Borrowed, Emily Giffin
I had second thoughts about pursuing this book. I first saw the movie (loved it!) so I knew how the story was going to end. The suspense KILLED me. Who was Dex going to choose: Rachel or Darcy? Rachel? Darcy? Rachel or Darcy???
But I went ahead and read it anyway, curious to find out how the book compared to the film. In general, the film was true to the book, but as in any film adaptation, there were many differences, too. (I especially didn’t like how certain characters were killed off in the movie.)
This book explores the thin line between romantic relationships and friendships, and how ethics plays a part in the mix. It sounds like a plot nicked off Gossip Girl, but the narrative isn’t like that at all. Somehow Something Borrowed just seems to be more honest and heartwarming.
Something Borrowed tells the tale of best friends Rachel and Darcy, two very different individuals but are somehow great when together. Rachel is brainy, practical, and physically acceptable, while Darcy is loud, fun, and gorgeous (oh these stereotypes). Throughout the duration of their friendship, Darcy is known to get things done her way, and because of this, Rachel is forced to step aside and let Darcy bask in the spotlight every single time.
That was until Dex came into the picture.
Rachel had met Dex in law school. She liked him, sure, but was never gutsy enough to respond to his advances. And so one day, when gorgeous Dex is introduced to the equally gorgeous Darcy, Rachel was again shoved aside and left to watch the love story unravel from the sidelines.
Several years later, Dex and Darcy decide to tie the knot. At first, this didn’t seem to bother Rachel all that much, until such time when she and Dex revisit the past and things left unsaid, were well, said. And so begins Dex and Rachel’s love story, running parallel with the former’s engagement to the latter’s best friend.
It’s a twisted love story. I mean, can you imagine your best friend ever going behind your back with your fiance? Surely nobody wishes for this to happen to them, but Emily Giffin presents the possibility in such an endearing way. It’s difficult to hate Rachel for doing what she did to Darcy, really.
Now, as for the book’s differences from the film. Here are some I noted:
- Rachel’s friend Evan lives in London (book) and did not just immigrate to London (film)
- Rachel confides in good friends Annalise and Hilary (book), too, not just in Evan (film)
- Darcy is dark-haired (book), not blonde (film)
- Rachel and Dex sneak out multiple times and are very sexually active (book), not cutesy and lovey dovey all the time (film)
The rest of the differences I will just leave for you to figure out. I don’t want to give too much away because I loved both the book and the film (which doesn’t happen very often) and so I would recommend that you both check them out. I will say though that Dex and Darcy (no matter how annoying she can be at times) are actually “better people” in the book. There are so many facets of their personalities that weren’t given due notice in the film.
I might just read its sequel, Something Blue, next.
Check out the official trailer of Something Borrowed:
Book cover was grabbed from the Internet.