Two summers ago while I was browsing the new release section in the book area at Target, two pastel covered books caught my eye. “Something Borrowed” and its sequel, “Something Blue”. I skimmed that back covers and knew these would both be perfect “summer beach reads.” Luckily my birthday was just a week away when I made this literature discovery so I promptly added them to the b-day list and the parentals gifted them to me.
I’m always down for a good chick-lit read and was eager to start this couplet. Something Borrowed’s heroin is Rachel, who lives in New York as a young attorney. Rachel is known as a “plain-Jane” kind of girl among her friends and is some what out-shined by her best friend Darcy’s glamorous lifestyle. On her 30th birthday, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy’s fiance, Dex, who has been a longtime crush. (hence the “borrowed” title). Although Rachel knows she made a horrible mistake by sleeping with him, she can’t hide her true feelings and has fallen in love. Should she sacrifice her own happiness by staying away from Dex and keeping hold of her best friend, or tell Darcy the truth about the love affair?!
(Small spoiler alert….but I mean, you knew it was coming : ) Something Blue picks off right where Something Borrowed left off and focuses on Darcy. After the mess that occurred with Dex and Rachel, Darcy decides to start over clean in a new city, London, England and she is not alone. A baby is on board! She stayswith a childhood friend, Ethan, and realizes she has to leave her petty, girl drama and longing for glamour in the past and focus on her new duty: motherhood. Darcy learns the true meaning of happily-ever-after in this follow up novel.
So there you have it. A very concise summary of these two books. I highly recommend them if you are looking for an easy, girly read! Emily Giffin has written several other books and they can be found on her website. She just released a new book this spring titled “Heart of the Matter”, which I will probably end up reading soon!
Now for the juicy part….Something Borrowed has been turned into a movie! : ) It has a great cast including stars like Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski and Collin Egglesfield. It is hitting the theaters soon, so keep on the lookout!