Friday, May 14, 2010

Review: The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

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...

Plot: 4/5
Sarah liked Ryan first. None of that matters, though, because Brianna's the one that gets him. Of course, she can't say anything, nothing at all, because Brianna's her best friend, and she loves her, and no guy should come between friends... Right? The Unwritten Rule tells the story of Sarah, the nice, sweet girl who secretly pines for her best friend's boyfriend. She tries hard to stay away and be loyal to Brianna, who's been like a sister to her since kindergarten, but her attraction to Ryan is just too strong. Should she break the unwritten rule? The Unwritten Rule is a realistic story with instances wherein readers will find themselves trying to figure out which outweighs the other- love or friendship.

Creativity: 3/5
The Unwritten Rule explores the anatomy of girlhood, love and friendship. Is it okay to date your friend's ex? Will it still be right to be with your soulmate, even if it might hurt someone else's feelings? The answers to these questions are the focal points of the entire novel. It's not the rarest topic, but it's still one readers are bound to enjoy reading about.

Characters: 4/5
Readers will find the characters of the story easy to identify with and concrete. They're believable, and they're just the types of characters readers will find parallel to some people in their lives. The topic is something that could happen to anyone, and the fact that the characters are so well-developed amplifies the plot. There are times that readers will love the characters, like when Sarah's being her kind, understanding self, and when Brianna sticks up for Sarah; and there are times that readers will feel a very strong dislike towards them (like when Sarah acts like a pushover and Brianna becomes too self-absorbed). It all works, though, since in reality, there's never a person that is liked by another all the time. The ups and downs of relationships are shown, which lends even more strength to the story.

Writing: 5/5
When it comes to portraying raw emotions, Elizabeth Scott excels. She has a way with her words- they come out poetic. In The Unwritten Rule's case, the longing of Sarah for Ryan is so evident, it almost painful, and the reader feels every ounce of want she has for Ryan, but at the same time they feel the gravity of the situation, just how wrong it is to want the one person who really, truly connects with her. Readers are in for a treat with her magnificent writing.

Impact: 4/5
How could something so wrong feel so, amazingly right? It's not an uncommon question, but it's one that could change the life of a person. Sarah's moral dilemma could put her friendship on the line, and readers will find themselves wrapped up in this story that stretches the boundaries of love.

Overall: 4/5
I was a huge, huge fan of Bloom, and since reading it, I've been a fan of Elizabeth Scott's. I've read a handful of her books, and none were quite as good as Bloom,which was magnificent, but they were great, nonetheless. It's the same case with the Unwritten Rule. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I would have liked. It was still a wonderful read, don't get me wrong. The writing was exceptional, like in Elizabeth's other novels, and the story was nice. I just didn't feel it as much as I did Bloom, I guess. I also wasn't the biggest fan of Brianna's character. There were times when I totally sympathized with her because of her family issues, but they were overshadowed by the times she was selfish and condescending. It's part of her role, but I wasn't all that happy about it. I still really liked the book, though, and I strongly suggest getting yourself a copy.


  1. Wonderful review! I love Elizabeth Scott, so I think I'll definitely check this one out. I really liked Bloom too, if you haven't read Living Dead Girl by her yet, you should :)

  2. I enjoyed this one very much. It was my first by Elizabeth Scott, but it won't be my last!

  3. Hi. Just found your blog and am following you. I've enjoyed looking around. I really like Elizabeth Scott's books. I can't wait to read this one.

  4. Great review! :)

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