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Somehow a bit too shallow...
am 7. Juli 2011
Honestly said, I only picked up Emily Giffin's novel, because I was planning to watch the movie in the cinema, but after finishing it a few minutes ago I don't think I will even make this effort...
"Something Borrowed" by Emily Griffin tells the story of Rachel, who has never been very lucky in life: She turns thirty without any boyfriend around plus having a job she actually hates. Her best friend Darcy, on the other hand, is anticipating her wedding with the smart and handsome Dexter, has a wonderful PR job and... anyway, everything just seems to come to her without much difficulty.
That is, until Rachel and Dexter discover deep feelings for one another and start an affair that leads into absolute mayhem and, above all, to the question whether love is more precious than friendship.
The novel is really very entertaining and quite the right thing if you are looking for a beach read, as one hasn't got to concentrate much to keep up with the plot.
The style is, in my opinion, very pleasant and fluent as well, so that I would definitely call this book a page turner. It took me less than two days to finish it.
This is, however, quite astonishing when I think about it now, because there's really not so much happening apart from Rachel and Dexter having their affair, Rachel's feelings about it and how everything comes out in the end. This surely doesn't justify 388 pages, does it?
Another point I have to mention is how the sympathy I felt for Rachel constantly decreased during my reading. In the beginning I definitely could feel with Rachel: All her bad luck. How she feels lonely most of the time and her craving for someone who truly loves her.
But after some time this effect vanished for me and I just couldn't understand her actions anymore. Why do Rachel and Dexter wait such a long time to talk to Darcy, for example, and even after their secret has come out the two of them discuss how they had rather deceived Darcy forever to avoid any conflict that might have arisen.
If you ask me, this isn't the right behaviour of a protagonist in modern literature.
Also, I really didn't like the development of Darcy's character. Okay, she absolutely is a very selfish and self- centered kind of person, but I could always understand Rachel for being loyal to her for such a long time, as there were some scenes included that showed Darcy's good traits.
Unfortunately, this is shattered in the last few chapters as well: As if in order to justify Rachel's affair, Darcy is made meaner and meaner: She was already lying as a child, she cheated on Dexter too, she's even pregnant and decides to have the baby and so on... What I want to say is that it all becomes a bit too much in the end and it definitely didn't made me support Rachel and Dexter more, quite the opposite...
The end is of course highly predictable; in fact I would rate this novel with only two stars if it weren't for the nice message that is delivered on the last pages: Friendships can be destroyed as easily as relationships, so we really shouldn't take them for granted.
All in all I would recommend "Something Borrowed" to people searching for a beach read and who don't want to have a closer look at the characters' actions, their motives and the whole plot in general.