Review: The Unwritten Rule – Elizabeth Scott

December 18, 2013 3 Stars, Reviews 0

Title: The Unwritten Rule
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, YA
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 210
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 3 Stars
"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..."

This Monday starts the book tour for Elizabeth Scott’s upcoming novel, Heartbeat, so I thought it was the perfect time to post my review of The Unwritten Rule, which I recently re-read. (P.S. I will be hosting Heartbeat’s Promo Blitz this Friday.)

My Thoughts

There’s quite a bit about this book that I didn’t like. But don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy reading it.

Firstly, there’s Ryan. He’s with Sarah’s bestfriend, Brianna, but Sarah likes him, and has liked him long before Brianna was willing to even look at him. We then find out that Ryan likes Sarah back, but he’s still with Brianna. It’s choice is simple, right? NO. He apparently thinks it’s not, because he drags out breaking up with Brianna for forever (it was really only like two months or something, but FOREVER) which is my main reason for not really liking him. But overall, he’s much more likable than Brianna, who, despite being Sarah’s best friend, treats Sarah like crap.

I liked him first, but it doesn’t matter. I still like him. That doesn’t matter either. Or at least, it’s not supposed to.” 

I didn’t find this book to be as good as Bloom or Perfect You, which are probably my two favorites by Elizabeth Scott, but that probably has more to do with my connection to the characters. Which, with The Unwritten Rule, I didn’t seem to have one. Sarah was interesting, I liked her relationship with her parents and her shoe quirk, but the fact that she puts up with Brianna angered me, along with the fact that she allows Ryan to drag things out with Brianna, even though clearly having feelings for her. Both are things happen all the time, especially in high school, where you’re still trying to figure things out, but I just couldn’t wrap my head around it.

I wasn’t very fond of the ending. I think that if Brianna had been a better friend/girlfriend, it would have made the plot more complex and I would have understood Sarah’s actions more. It seemed like Sarah justified her relationship with Ryan with the fact that Brianna was a terrible friend and didn’t appreciate Ryan, which bothered me, because it made Sarah just as terrible in my eyes.

And what if—what are you if the people who are supposed to love you can leave you like you’re nothing?” 

Overall: If you’re a fan of romance (especially the forbidden kind) you should give The Unwritten Rule a chance. This book has its faults, but it’s still enjoyable. My favorite thing about this book, though, was how even though Brianna was beautiful and seemingly perfect, she still had problems at home and issues with herself. In many books, usually only the main character deals with problems, but in The Unwritten Rule, it was flipped a little.


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He’s looking at me– well, like he wants to be looking at me, like he likes what he sees, and he’s smiling and his are so blue, even in the faint glow of the porch light they shine, and I nod dumbly, blindly, and then grope for the door handle, telling myself to look away and yet not able to do it.

“Sarah, he says, softly, almost hesitantly, and my heart slam-bangs, beating hard, and this is what it’s like to want someone you can’t have. To want someone you shouldn’t even be looking at.”


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Jessica is an twenty year old blogger who lives in Michigan. She's currently a junior in college. She's a full-time student and part-time employee. She loves to read young adult fiction, especially contemporary, romance, and dystopian. Feel free to drop by and say hi by leaving a comment on one of her blog posts- she'll be sure to reply!

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