Something about summer makes me lazy and self-indulgent (****speaking of laziness this review is a day late****), whether it's the warm sunshine, the long blue twilights, or the sudden ubiquity of swinging hammocks begging me to lie down and grab a good novel. This laziness extends to my book choices, and there is no season like summer for encouraging me to simply re-read my favorites rather than brave a brand-new book.
One of my summer standards for a long time has been Emily Giffin's Something Borrowed - I've already talked about it in an earlier Top Ten Tuesday list for its absolutely abysmal 2011 film adaptation.
|"Maybe something interesting is happening over there."|
|And it's not all beers and booth banter, either! ... Ladies.|
|And what about dancing superiority?|
More John Krasinski!
The primary reason I go back to Something Borrowed again and again, despite knowing the ending, is it forces me to ask these questions of myself as well: are my relationships healthy? Are my friendships healthy? The mirror of Darcy and Rachel's friendship forces the reader to face truths about her own friendships, and wonder whether, given the chance, she would make the same choice Rachel did.
The other reason I go back? The summer setting, the hot nights, and the legal references - Rachel is an attorney, and there are flashbacks to law school. It is in every sense of the word a summer read, and the emotional drama so powerfully fleshed out, so consuming, that in reading it I am immediately transported to a summer in New York, anxiety in my stomach as I face down my thirtieth birthday with my best friend, who has always outshone me and is doing it again tonight ... and just like that I fall into to Giffin's world.
If you manage to become hooked on Something Borrowed, her other books often link up to the same universe, including Something Blue and The Heart of the Matter.