Midtown Bookclub: Something Borrowed
Something Borrowed -- Emily Giffin
Rachel is an attorney living and working in Manhattan who has always been the good girl-until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend Darcy throws her a party. That night after too many drinks Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy''s fiancee. Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for him.
As the September wedding date nears, Rachel has to choose. She discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren''t always neat, and sometimes you have to risk it all to win true happiness.
On the whole, our members were not impressed with Something Borrowed. They found the characters shallowly drawn and unlikable. Still, the discussion managed to be quite active, as a chorus of dislike.
We did find it a useful place to jump off into a discussion of life paths, and the expectations that women have vs. the realities of their lives.
The questions we used were partially based on the book group guide in the book itself, partially made up:
Did you think the characters were likable in general? What about Rachel, Darcy and Dex specifically? Did you like any of the supporting characters?
Did Rachel sleep with Dex because Rachel wanted it? Because Dex wanted it? Because it would hurt Darcy? All of the above?
Rachel does a lot of moral math on who betrayed who and basically comes up with Darcy as the evillest amongst the group. Did her math add up?
Is Rachel & Darcy's friendship genuine? Why does Rachel defend Darcy from attacks she basically agrees with?
Some editions include the first couple of chapters of Something Blue, covering the same ground from Darcy's perspective. Did you read them? Did they change your perspective?
How much does Rachel's self-image contribute to her relationship problems?
What's Dex's motivation in all of this? How much is he running to Rachel and how much is he running away from Darcy?
At what point does Rachel make decisions and take responsibility for the situation with Dex?