Friday, June 10, 2011

Something Borrowed - Discussion 2

(Hey all! We have a newbie leading us today! The wonderful Nora is leading our discussion today! Thanks Nora!!! Any and all are welcome to participate and if you have seen the movie, throw out some comparisons and let the rest of us know if we should go and see it!)

Welcome to week two of the book discussion for "Something Borrowed."

I didn't pull any quotes from the book for us to analyze because as much as I enjoyed the book (well, ok, I'll be honest, I have a love/hate relationship with this book, which I'll get to in a moment), the writing, I think we can all agree, isn't overly intense, creative or thought-provoking. On the flip side, I do think the author does a good job at shedding light on how relationships can be unconventional, how love gets off to an interesting start under less than desirable (or morally right) circumstances.

Growing up my parents always told me that "all is fair in love and war." Maybe it is in elementary school and perhaps even high school but as we evolve our relationships evolve, feelings turn serious, and cheating/stealing someone's fiance or boyfriend is far from ok. At least in my eyes.

So the reason I loved this book: It was rather witty and like it or not, Giffin did a good job of keeping going back for more of the book. I finished it quickly and kind of wanted more (so perhaps I'll read the sequel).
The reason I hated the book: I like Rachel. A lot. I wanted her to be happy. I did not like Darcy one bit (we all probably have or had friends like her). I almost didn't care * to an extent* that Rachel was cheating with Darcy's fiance. But if that happened in real life? I'd be livid and pissed and could never, ever do anything like that. It felt wrong to be rooting for Rachel throughout the book though.

So, that's where I stand on the book so far (I have finished it but I won't say anymore in case others haven't).

Onto the questions!

1. Do you think anything about Darcy and Rachel's friendship is genuine?
2. Why do you think Darcy is so concerned about everything being perfect for her wedding (aka a Bridezilla)? Where does her insecurity stem from?
3. Do you think Dex is attempting to justify the affair when he talks to Rachel about how he felt about her in college?  (Chapter Nine)
4. Under what circumstances (if any) is it justified to choose love over friendship? How important is it for women to stick together? Have you ever been in a friendship like Darcy and Rachel's? Should you ever jettison a friendship that isn't working anymore?
5. Was Rachel's moral dilemma to cheat with her best friend's fiance made easier because of Darcy's personality? Would she have acted on her attraction to Dex if Darcy were a different kind of person and friend?

Thanks again Nora! Next week we will discuss chapters 14-19! Have a great weekend!

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