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Review: The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

The Unwritten Rule
By: Elizabeth Scott
Publication Date March 16th 2010
Published By Simon Pulse
224 Pages, Hardcover
(won from ChicaReader)

Summary 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..."

My Review: *** = 3 Stars
(spoilers included)

I really, really wanted to love this, and parts of it I did love, but overall it was just blehh. I read it in one sitting because it was written well enough for me to want to know what happened next, but I didn't like the characters all too much. Brianna is a terrible friend. She may have a crappy home life, but that doesn't mean you have to put your friend down, which she actually does a lot throughout the book. Sarah is somewhat stupid. I'm sorry but if a guy is willing to cheat on a girl to be with you, then you have to at least think that one day he might be willing to cheat on you to be with another girl. Ryan is just, well he's just a guy. He should have grown a set and simply dumped Brianna if he wanted to be with Sarah, but he didn't. What I did like about the book: Scott does an EXCELLENT job at writing the emotions in this book. When Sarah longed to be with Ryan, so did I. The confusion, the hurt, all of it was so well written. If it wasn't for the great writing I would have hated this book. I also liked that in the end, everything wasn't perfect. I actually expected for things to get bad before they got better for the two BFF's but I was happy that it didn't end well for them. I honestly don't think they should have been best friends anyways, so I'm glad that Ryan and Brianna hit splitsville and Ryan and Sarah ended up the happy couple. 

This is the first book by Elizabeth Scott that I've read, and while it wasn't my favorite book, it won't be the last one I read by her. I might not have liked the story itself but I liked the writing and I look forward to reading some other work by her.

Have you read The Unwritten Rule? What's your opinion on the best friends/boyfriends subject??

Sherry <3


BookFreak said...

Hmmm, I still want to read this one. I going to be sad if its one of those books i want to punch while reading it. From your review, I think it may be.

InABox said...

I've been wanting to read this one; thanks for the honest review. It's good to hear what people *don't* like about certain novels, as well as what they love.

And I agree with you 100% on this: "If a guy is willing to cheat on a girl to be with you, then you have to at least think that one day he might be willing to cheat on you to be with another girl." Um, hello, yes!

Felicia S. said...

Thank you for the review. I totally agree that this is probably one of those books that make you want to scream what are you thinking to the girl but I think I will recommend it to some of my younger cousins so maybe they will get some insight into boys!

Robby said...

I didn't read the review, to avoid the spoilers, but I'm really looking forward to reading this book! I love Elizabeth. :]

Natasa said...

I totally agree with most of the bashing you gave the book, but Elizabeth Scott's writing isn't that good, imho - it was rather too simplistic and vague, especially when the clear-cut style of Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols comes to mind.

Oh, well. I'm still new at this thing; I'm a midget when it comes to how many books I've read in comparison to other booky bloggers. What do I know, right? :D

Thanks for this great review though. I'm planning to read more of Elizabeth Scotts' in the hope that my opinion will change. :)

Loraine said...

I just read the book, I enjoyed reading your review, here's mine:

Have a nice day! :)

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