Sunday, January 15, 2012

something borrowed

Something Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel, #1)Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"The smash-hit debut novel for every woman who has ever had a complicated love-hate friendship.

Now A Major Motion Picture - In Theaters May 6th

Rachel White is the consummate good girl. A hard-working attorney at a large Manhattan law firm and a diligent maid of honor to her charmed best friend Darcy, Rachel has always played by all the rules. Since grade school, she has watched Darcy shine, quietly accepting the sidekick role in their lopsided friendship. But that suddenly changes the night of her thirtieth birthday when Rachel finally confesses her feelings to Darcy's fiance, and is both horrified and thrilled to discover that he feels the same way. As the wedding date draws near, events spiral out of control, and Rachel knows she must make a choice between her heart and conscience. In so doing, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren't always neat, and sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself."


I do not know how to rank this book.

First and foremost, I bought this book out of curiousity since most people were dying to purchase this book at BooksforCharity several months ago. It was as if this book was really a must-buy. I would say the cover played the important role towards my attraction. I was a firm believer that "less-is-more". I also believed that I was not the only person who perceived that. My visits to book stores have proved that most of the pink books were sold out and that left the next buyer with the cover from the movie.

If I would judged the book by only its cover, I would be totally unfair. Let's talk about the language. As a person who only spoke English to those who would want to speak in English (meaning to say that I was not an English speaker), I would give five stars for using a simple and standard English. Well, of course we had to consider certain culture barriers - like how Manhattan and Kuala Lumpur differed in every aspect of the book. But hey, looking at it positively, understanding this book is just like understanding Gossip Girl in a form of writing and in a more matured way.

That left me to the characters. Okay. This was the hardest part to describe. I loved the fact that I was a person who loved antagonist than the protagonist. But I also hated the fact that in this book, the antagonist was a bit shallow. Or should I say, empty headed?

Darcy was in every sense limited her judgment towards beauty, shopping and being a leader. It was like reading Blair Waldorf in a book. But then again, I had always adored leaders. The heroine character, despite how intelligent she was, had skeletons in her closet. I mean, she was smart on paper but a dumb when it came to men. Rachel in my opinion, was a decent girl yet would not get my high five for being a role model character. She was just a plain hypocrite and a coward for me.

So, two stupid girls were chasing for a typical guy and you got a story. I might be too early to judge; so let's read Something Blue so that I'll get a different perspective.

So three stars (for now). We'll see whether that will change:)

1 comment:

Cherrie.Mia said...

I've read this and I hate Rachel. That's all.
waiting for your review on Something Blue. I kinda like the second book .