Emily Giffin's 5 Things I'd tell the Teen Me

Today's guest: Emily Giffin Why we love her: She will always have a special place in our heart. Her first novel, Something Borrowed inspired us to get off our booties and start writing.

Her latest: Where We Belong (July 24)

The scoop on it: Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world—and her very identity—will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.

For the precocious and determined Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to re-evaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.

Our thoughts: Loved the dual narrative and hearing from both women about how they were affected by adoption. Also loved and appreciated the unexpected ending!

Giveaway:FIVE copies. Just leave a comment and be entered to win. We'll randomly select the winners on Sunday, July 29 after 3PM PST.

Fun fact: Check out this fun video Emily made. (She reveals 12 things we didn't know about her.)

Where you can read more about Emily: Twitter, Facebook and her website.


1. Drop your cash on one great pair of jeans or jacket instead of 15 tops at Forever 21. I finally figured this one out at about age thirty, and I swear I’ve saved so much money with the philosophy.

2. Don’t wear too much makeup, but if you must, don’t pull so hard on your skin when you remove it. Especially your under eye area. And appreciate your taut, perfect neck every single day!

3. When you know a relationship is over, move on and move on fast. You can waste years trying to make something work that isn’t meant to be.

4. You can quit the band, but don’t quit playing your instrument. You’ll wish you knew how later. Ditto to your foreign language!

5. The girl who is being mean to you? You won’t remember her name. And if you do, it’s because she now comes to your book signings!

Thanks, Emily!


Liz & Lisa