Samara O'Shea

Emily Giffin’s Diary

I read the first chapter of Emily Giffin’s Love the One You’re With last week. It was one of three books that I read the first chapters of (the other two will remain nameless) to determine which one I wanted to read first. Ms. Giffin’s lime green novel won by a charming landslide. A few days later, my sister asked if she could borrow one of my books to read on the beach. I handed over Love the One You’re With because I had decided it was the most likeable of the three—keep in mind this is based only on the first chapter, and many books don’t come through for you until the middle. While waiting patiently for this book to make its way back to me, I stopped by Emily’s Web site to see what I could see. I found a gem of a hyperlink! Under 1983 on her timeline of a bio page, Emily reveals two pages of her elementary school diary and admits to writing in her diary daily for two decades. Now, I’m a diarist, but I don’t write everyday. Perhaps if I did I’d be a bestselling author by now, too. It’s something to consider . . .