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Review: The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

Thursday, September 1, 2011

3 Stars: A Good Read
Hardback: 210 Pages
Publication: March 16, 2010 by Simon Pulse

Sarah and Brianna have always been friends, and it's always gone like this: guys talk to Sarah in order to get closer to Brianna. So even though Sarah met Ryan first, she's not surprised that he ends up with Brianna (even though Sarah has a massive crush on him). The three of them hang out, and Sarah and Ryan's friendship grows until one night an innocent exchange between them leads to a moment that makes Sarah realize that Ryan might be interested in her after all. But if there's one unwritten rule, it's this: you don't mess around with a friend's boyfriend. So Sarah tries to resist temptation. But with the three of them thrown together more and more, tension builds between Sarah and Ryan, and when they find themselves alone together at one point, they realize they just can't fight how they feel anymore....

The Unwritten Rule follows Sara as she struggles with her attraction to Ryan, the boyfriend of her best friend. It doesn’t matter that she liked Ryan first (when they were in the eighth grade and he was still a bit of a dork). Brianna gets whomever she wants, and it stays that way until she’s tired of him. Besides, there is an unwritten rule that you can’t like your best friend’s boyfriend.

While the characters are still a bit stereotypical—Sara is the sidekick best friend, Brianna is the gorgeous best friend, and Ryan is the sweet guy—their relationships are complex. I appreciate the realistic approach that Elizabeth Scott took with the story, fleshing out the parts of the characters that explain why they act the way they do with each other.

You can see why Brianna has become the way she has, and I alternated between pitying her for her family situation and hating the way she treats Sara: like Sara is the one who needs her, not the other way around. Sara… I like how she gets along so well with her family and actually likes spending time with them. As for Ryan, he’s real and human. He has reasons for not approaching Sara earlier—very guy reasons. Sure, I’m angry with him for putting up with Brianna for so long, but I can see why he wanted to stay with the girl he was sure of.

Still, I wish Elizabeth Scott had developed more of Sara’s life than that with Ryan and Brianna. We completely understand their relationships with each other, but what about other areas of their lives? I would have liked to see more of Sara with her family and other aspects of her life than just being jerked around by Briana (as much as it has been a part of her life thus far).

It was interesting watching the development of Sara and Ryan’s relationship with each other. I can empathize with her fears of losing her best friend over her feelings for Ryan. As quick as the read was, it’s great chick lit, the romance was sweet and heartwarming. Overall, The Unwritten Rule is a great for passing the afternoon curled up on the couch.

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1 comment on "Review: The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott"
  1. I just read the book, I enjoyed reading your review, here's mine: http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-unwritten-rule-by-elizabeth-scott.html

    Have a nice day! :)

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