I was so excited to find my long lost friend Emily Giffin on Facebook a few months ago. I remember her as the naturally beautiful, athletic, highly intelligent, hard-working, fun girl across the hall from me, who managed our basketball team and tutored the basketball players in our hall lounge. One thing that stands out in my memory of Emily was the night of the Rodney King riots when we stayed up to all hours of the night having a very candid and heartfelt discussion on race relations with some of our african-american friends in our hall lounge. We definitely went to college at an interesting time – the Berlin Wall came down, the First Gulf War, Nelson Mandela being released from prison, Rodney King, etc.
I saw from Emily’s Facebook page that she was a best-selling author. I don’t know how I missed her books, because several of my Washington friends were big fans of hers. So I rushed out and got her books. I messaged Emily to tell her that I had started reading Something Blue, and she was like “Stop! You have to read Something Borrowed first! I had no idea that there was an order to them.
I’ll be honest, I couldn’t put these books down! She is such a great writer! Knowing Emily from Wake Forest, I could tell that Rachel’s character is in large part based on Emily’s life. Since I had been out of touch with Emily since our college days, I was intrigued reading about Rachel and wondered if Rachel’s life at law school at Duke was like Emily’s life in law school at UVA. And whether Rachel’s life working for a big New York City law firm mirrored Emily’s own life.
I highly recommend Emily Giffin’s books, and would love to hear your thoughts on them! I’m still quite flattered that she told me that I was one of the “coolest people she met at Wake”. She was definitely one of the coolest I met there!
- Miss A