May 15, 2010

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

The Unwritten Rule
Author:  Elizabeth Scott
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
224 pages

From Goodreads

Everyone knows the unwritten rule: You don't like your best friend's boyfriend.

Sarah has had a crush on Ryan for years. He's easy to talk to, supersmart, and totally gets her. Lately it even seems like he's paying extra attention to her. Everything would be perfect except for two things: Ryan is Brianna's boyfriend, and Brianna is Sarah's best friend.

Sarah forces herself to avoid Ryan and tries to convince herself not to like him. She feels so guilty for wanting him, and the last thing she wants is to hurt her best friend. But when she's thrown together with Ryan one night, something happens. It's wonderful...and awful.

Sarah is torn apart by guilt, but what she feels is nothing short of addiction, and she can't stop herself from wanting more...


I was really excited about reading The Unwritten Rule especially since I’ve been seeing it all over the blogosphere. At 224 pages The Unwritten Rule was a really quick, enjoyable read.

The subject of the book is about the boundaries between best friends when it comes to boys. Sarah has had a crush on Ryan for long time, but Sarah's best friend Brianna is the one who ends up dating him.  Now of course we all know it’s not a good thing when you are crushing on one of your friends boyfriends, but the way Elizabeth Scott wrote the characters I actually didn’t feel bad for Brianna. I was rooting for Sarah to take Ryan away from Brianna throughout the whole book. My feelings about this came from my dislike of Brianna. In no way did I consider Brianna a real friend to Sarah. She was just a horrible person, using other people’s insecurities to make her feel better. We are given a background of Brianna, so we as readers kind of get an idea of why Brianna is the way she is, but it still didn’t make her likeable. I did like Sarah and Ryan, they were both unique characters in that they weren’t trying to be anything other than themselves, and that is quite a accomplishment during your teenage years.

Like I mentioned earlier, The Unwritten Rule is a short book, so it had somewhat of a rushed feeling to it. Everything seemed to come about and happen so quickly. I’m starting to believe that it’s becoming a trend in YA books. Could it be because they think young adults have short attention spans, which by the way I think is ridiculous. My daughter prefers really thick, fat books that she rarely picks up books that are short.

The Unwritten Rule is a decent book with some clear cut characters, you know who you should be rooting for.

Rating: 3.5

Thanks to Around The World Tours for the opportunity to review this book.

1 comment:

  1. I feel ya. I love short books but some stories seem to require more length.



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