Donna Reads: Something Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel #1) by Emily Giffin

I read this book on a younger friend’s recommendation. I don’t think I’m in the target audience as I’m twice the age of the cast of characters. I remember dating and my single days. I don’t remember anyone I knew being as douchey as these people were. 

The heroine Rachel is weak and wishy-washy. So many times I wanted to scream at her to speak up and stick up for herself. She lets Darcy treat her like garbage and stays her best friend? How unrealistic. The hero Dex is a cheating jerk. Engaged to one girl (Darcy) he starts sleeping with her best friend (Rachel). He never really expressed why he did what he did. I would have liked his perspective. I wanted to kick him, too. He needed to grow a pair and manfully take a stand one way or the other. For a while, he strung along both girls. Darcy was childish, mean, bitchy, petty and awful. No one would have remained friends with her for more than five minutes. 

Cheating is always wrong. There is no compelling reason here why the characters do what they do other than they’re immature brats. It’s okay for Rachel to sleep with Dex because Darcy is a bitch? It’s okay because Rachel knew him first? 

I will not be reading the second book in the series. Darcy as the main character would drive me up the wall.

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