Publisher: Simon Pulse
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.