Something Borrowed: On the Page vs. On the Screen

At my local used bookstore, I found Emily Giffin’s novel, Something Borrowed, in the clearance section for $1. This was QUITE a steal, because I instantly fell for this book. I finished it in a few days and then ran out to get the movie. As in most cases, I found the book to be significantly better, but both were lots of fun!

something borrowed bookLast summer, I read Love The One You’re With by Emily Giffin and wasn’t very impressed, so I was a bit hesitant to pick up another novel by her, not to mention a novel about cheating. BUT I gave in (because it was a dollar!!) and am so glad that I did.

Something Borrowed was a delight to read! The main character, Rachel, literally made me laugh out loud. She was so relatable for any smart, awkward girl, but also I could identify with her, because I have also had multiple best friends who overshadow me and are obnoxious and selfish.

After finishing the book, I decided to read some reviews and was blown away by how many did not like the book. I found it hard to believe they didn’t enjoy it, but was more blown away by the things they said about Rachel and Dex. Most of these reviews were angry with the how things played out, but how could you? The premise of the book is that a woman slept with her best friend’s fiance and then started falling for him…. so that plot is to be expected. I despised the best friend, Darcy. I found her to be an awful friend and a disgustingly self-centered human being. I didn’t like her from the very first page and didn’t feel bad for her in the least.

I’ll be honest, I rooted for Rachel and Dex the entire time. I found him to be handsome and smart and sincere. Yes, he and Rachel were in the wrong and cheating is definitely not something I want to be a part of, but the situation was all kinds of messed up. Yes, Dex should have called it off way sooner, but Darcy wasn’t innocent during this whole debacle which is important to remember.

I really liked the ending (the whole book really!), just swooning and smiling and getting all giddy. I especially loved Ethan and Hillary, who kind of set the friendship into perspective. We all need friends who will just tell it like it is, but also let us make our own decisions.

When you pick up Something Borrowed, you understand the storyline. The back synopsis tells you it is about cheating and a rocky friendship, so don’t act so shocked that it happens. Try and put yourself in Rachel’s shoes… I very much enjoyed this book and will most likely read it again someday!

something borrowed movieThe movie adaptation wasn’t bad, especially for a romantic comedy. The basic plot was the same with some of the finer details left out or changed, but I feel like that really made the movie take a hit, because those were the details that made the book so hilarious.

I felt Ginnifer Goodwin was a PERFECT choice for Rachel, because she plays that innocent, good girl act so well and she is gorgeous! But Kate Hudson was a PERFECT pick for Darcy, because she plays the too-beautiful, obnoxious, best friend character so well (remember Bride Wars?). And Colin Egglesfield was very handsome and very likeable.

One change I had a problem with was the way Marcus and Claire were portrayed. I know I didn’t mention them in the book synopsis, because they weren’t necessarily key characters, but they completely altered their personalities and I found them to be completely unlikeable or relatable and downright ridiculous. They made Marcus into a manchild and someone who Rachel would never go for and they changed Claire into this psycho-obsessive girl… it just didn’t make sense. Ethan, Rachel’s male best friend, was a great add in. In the movie, Ethan’s character was a mix of Ethan and Hillary in the book, but I feel this change really worked. It didn’t really take away from either character and still flowed with the storyline.

If you were to watch it without having read the book, you would probably really like it. Not really one to watch all the time, but it provides a few laughs. It is a fun, guilty-pleasure story, because no one really wants to condone cheating, but in this case you kind of just have to accept it and root for them. Overall, not a bad adaptation.

❤ a girl

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In the Criminal Justice System there are Names My Sisters Call Me

So this title might have confused you a little bit, so I shall explain. This past week I managed to complete all sixteen seasons of Law and Order: SVU on Netflix and finished reading Names My Sisters Call Me by Megan Crane.

Names My Sisters Call MeI was given this book from a friend who was cleaning out her bookshelf. She couldn’t remember when she had gotten it or if she had read it, but let me take it off her hands. I liked the cover a lot, but wasn’t quite sure what it was about from the synopsis, but figured why not give it a shot.

BEST DECISION EVER! This book had me hooked from the first few pages. I was continuously cracking up and somehow found a way to relate even though I only have a brother. Reading this really was a treat!

The main character, Courtney, was fantastic! She would have these moments that I can only describe as Lizzie McGuire moments where you could just see a little animated her expressing her inner thoughts. She was hilarious and I identified with her on so many levels. I liked the lesson towards the end of the book and I actually felt all the characters were well thought out and important.

It was a cute chick-lit story, but went deeper than I was expecting. Definitely recommend to anyone with sisters or who loves chick-lits and needs a good laugh.

law and order svuLaw and Order: SVU is one of my all-time favorite shows. I was introduced to it when I was hanging out with my old children’s minister. I was hooked from the first episode and just fell in love. It was what got me into my interest of law and I even joined my high school mock trial team, because of it.

In the beginning I was a huge fan of the Benson and Stabler duo! They were kicking butts and taking names; Finn and Tutuola were just fun additions. They were a great team and I just couldn’t get enough of the sickening stories.

Some people seem to get tired of the stories, because they are all too similar, but it never phased me. I especially loved the episodes that were law heavy, because the court scenes were kick ass!! Alex Cabot was my favorite attorney, but Barba was rubbing off on me in the last couple seasons.

After completing the first 12 seasons a couple years ago, I boycotted the show, because I was bitter that Stabler left and they replaced him with Amaro who was from Cold Case and that cross just weirded me out. A few weeks ago I caved and needed a good law show and just decided to finish it up. Glad I did! I know the show has to end sometime, but it is just so good and the stories are so horrifying, but it is addicting.

Now I am on my journey to completing all of my previously started shows on Netflix that I never finished. First up, Gilmore Girls.

❤ a girl