Emily Giffin

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I went just a wee bit crazy on Amazon recently pre-ordering books for my Kindle.  I admit that I’m not very good at keeping up with what new books are coming out, but Amazon’s “Recommended Items” that show up whenever you buy something else are FANTASTIC.  Thanks to that handy little tool, here’s everything that I pre-ordered…

Looks like I’ll be busy for the next six months or so.  This list is just about all of my favorite authors.  2012 is gonna be AWESOME!

By the way, have you started your 2012 Reading Challenge yet on Goodreads?  I’ve already read 8 books out of the 35 that I predicted as my goal for the year.  I have a feeling I’m going to go over since this is only February.  I’m thinking about doing a contest for my readers to guess how many I’ll go over by and then whoever comes the closest at the end of the year will win some sort of a prize… what do you think?  I credit author Jenn Thorson for the contest suggestion during a recent discussion on Twitter.  Thanks Jenn!

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

I’ve done something that I rarely ever do.  I read a book AGAIN.  I know, right?  I first read this book probably 5 or so years ago and have read all of Emily Giffin’s other books since.  When I heard that the movie was coming out, I wanted to reread the book since I was a little fuzzy on plot/character details (storylines and characters start to blend together once you’ve read one too many chick lit-type books), but I couldn’t find it on my bookshelf!  I must have let someone borrow it (no pun intended) and never got it back, although I do still have “Something Blue”.  Rather than download a new copy to my Kindle, I wanted to buy a paperback copy so I have both books in the series together (I’m really anal about stuff like that).

“Something Borrowed” is a tale of two best friends, Rachel and Darcy.  Rachel is your everyday “girl next door” – pretty conservative in her life choices, lawyer, single… someone who you could totally be friends with.  Darcy is basically the opposite – always the center of attention, flashy PR job, gets all the guys, etc.  You could say that Rachel is Darcy’s sidekick.  Darcy is engaged to Dex; he and Rachel met in law school and Rachel introduced him to Darcy.  After a surprise party for Rachel’s 30th birthday, Darcy overdoes it on the alcohol.  While she goes home, Dex returns to the bar to look for Darcy’s purse, and one thing led to another, and next thing they know, Rachel and Dex are kissing then go back to her apartment.

At first, they pretend like it didn’t happen and have no intention on telling Darcy.  Then, Rachel starts to notice things about Darcy and the way she is treated by her – Darcy always competes with Rachel and has to win and be better than her.  Why should selfish Darcy get Dex when she doesn’t deserve a guy like that?  Rachel and Dex begin to communicate in secret and begin to carry on a secret affair.  The wedding date is only months away and Rachel has to figure out if she wants Dex, or if she wants to be loyal to her best friend since childhood.  And if she does want Dex, will he want her enough to call off the wedding?

I love love loved this book the first time I read it.  The second time around, I still really liked it and realized it has a lot more drama and emotion than I had remembered.  That’s not a bad thing, though.  It’s just not a happy, fluffy chick lit read.  The book is told from Rachel’s perspective, so even though she is doing something that’s pretty darn bad, you want to side with her (at least I did).  I began to really dislike Darcy and feel like she deserved everything that was coming to her.

If you read this book, make sure you go out and read “Something Blue” next.  It picks up where “Something Borrowed” left off but is told from Darcy’s perspective this time, so it adds a really interesting twist.  Emily Giffin’s other books are all fantastic as well.

Now onto the movie.  I haven’t seen it yet.  Have you?  The previews of it make it look totally different than the book.  I agree that Ginnifer Goodwin is a great Rachel (I loved her way back when she was in “Ed“!), but I was surprised at Kate Hudson as Darcy since in the book, Darcy is clearly described as a brunette.  I guess that doesn’t really matter.  But I could see how she could be a good Darcy, personality-wise.  This fellow, Colin Egglesfield, that they casted as Dex?  Eh. I’ve never heard of him and wasn’t who I had imagined when I had first read the book.  John Krasinski (swoon) as Ethan?  Not sure it would be my first choice either, but I’ll see anything with him in it.  My question: why did they not put the character Hillary (Rachel’s law firm coworker/confidante) in the movie at all?

So, is the movie worth seeing now or wait till it’s on Netflix?  Or is it just going to be so far off from the movie that it’ll make me turn it off halfway through?

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

I’ve read all of Emily Giffin’s previous books and have really liked them.  I knew she was coming out with a new one soon, but then I kind of forgot to look for it on Amazon until just a week or two ago.  It had only been released in mid-May, so I wasn’t too far behind!

The story starts with Nick, who is a pediatric plastic surgeon, and his wife Tessa celebrating their anniversary, when Nick gets a page and has to go into the hospital for an emergency.  On another side of town, single mother Valerie sends her young son, Charlie, to a sleepover at a friend’s house.  Charlie gets severely burned while making s’mores at this sleepover and Nick is the doctor assigned to the reconstructive surgery that he will need on his face and hand.

During Charlie’s time in the hospital, Valerie will not leave his side and feels tremendous guilt for letting him go to the sleepover (she had originally wanted him to stay home) and anger toward the family at whose house this happened.  She talks often with Nick, who treats her son wonderfully, and you could say that they become friends.  In the meantime, Tessa begins to feel that Nick is becoming distant and after one mysterious text message that she reads on his Blackberry, she suspects him of cheating.

Valerie finds herself getting in deeper and deeper with Nick, who is like the father than Charlie has never had.  She tries to tell herself that they are just friends, but their relationship has advanced much farther than that.  Their relationship does eventually cross the line and Valerie, Nick, and Tessa all are faced with difficult decisions about their future.

I really really liked this book, even though at times the story itself was difficult to read because the characters were in such painful positions and it made you feel bad for them.  I just love Emily Giffin’s writing, though.  She actually works in characters from her previous books into this one and it took me awhile before the lightbulb went off in my head and I realized it: Tessa is the sister of Dex, from “Something Borrowed”.

Speaking of “Something Borrowed” and “Something Blue“,  I read them several years ago and really should re-read them.  Did you know they’re making “Something Borrowed” into a movie with Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin?  It’ll be released sometime next year.

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