Saturday, 10 April 2010

Review: The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott


Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Hardcover
Released: March 16th, 2010
Grade rating: B/B+


Summary from author site:

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...

Review:

Elizabeth Scott has a knack when it comes to writing teenagers. She knows how they think and how they talk, and she creates incredibly realistic characters and situations from that. I've never read one of her books and thought "that would never happen", which is testament to just how spot-on her portrayals of high school life are.

I'm sure a large percentage of readers can easily identify with The Unwritten Rule. How many of us have ever had a thing for our best friend's boyfriend? Probably more of us than we think -- it is one of life's cruel jokes, after all. Lusting after your BFF's boy is never good, but it's even worse when the feelings could be mutual. Then what do you do? In Sarah's case, you try to ignore it and be a good friend. Does that work? Very rarely.

Sarah, Brianna and Ryan make for one interesting love triangle, and Scott does a great job of making each character likeable and relatable. I could easily imagine actually knowing these people; they're so well written and engaging, though not without their flaws. There were a few times when I wanted to have stern words with Brianna, to tell her to open her eyes and look at what's right in front of her nose. I wanted Ryan to man up and speak out, and I wanted Sarah to stand up to Brianna when she talked to her like she was nothing. Sarah just seemed too passive for the whole situation -- I mean, if she can have a thing with her best friend's boyfriend, she can confront said best friend about her behaviour, right?

The Unwritten Rule is about friendship, love and doing what's right for you. It's sweet and serious, and is another must-read teen romance to add to the 'to read' list. I admit, I didn't think the writing was as strong this time, though I do have high expectations for every new Elizabeth Scott release. I look forward to every one of her books, and somehow she manages to deliver a good read every time.

11 comments:

Becky said...

I agree I think falling for your friend's guy is a rite of passage. Not the easiest experience but you get over it. I do want to try a novel by this author but I'm not sure about this one as you're the second person who has said it is not her best.

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Interesting review - thank you! I'm really looking forward to reading this one.

Kate Evangelista said...

I don't know why, but I have a feeling that the love triangle between best friend and boyfriend have already been done. But, then again, vampires have been done over and over as well. I'm intrigued.

Book Monster said...

I agree with your first line about the author. She really is a intriguing author. I've only read one of her books, but I'm wanting to read more and this may be the next book I read from her. Great review!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'm SO behind with Elizabeth Scott's books. I've only read Bloom and Perfect You!

Great review as always!

Lauren said...

Interesting review. I like the sound of sweet and serious in one book, and I definitely like the sound of Elizabeth Scott as a writer.

Sab H. said...

Awesome review!! I loved this book so much! I did love the writing but I get what you mean. :D

Khy said...

Isn't Elizabeth Scott amazing? I loved this book, so realistic.

YA Vampire Books said...

Great review! I can't wait to read this book, Scott does know how to write teenagers!

Dwayne said...

Fab review - I like that the characters have their own merits and become endearing. Hence by that the decision is given weight. Interesting, thank you for your review!

Ladybug said...

I haven't read a single one of Scott's novel but I do think I have to.

I also feel that this is a subject lots of teenagers can relate to. Great review!