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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-22 20:35
The Unwritten Rule (Review)
The Unwritten Rule - Elizabeth Scott

(I would like to add that um, ANY book that has two people playing barefoot footsie on it repulses me immediately, and honestly, I couldn't expect anything more than two stars with that image in my head every time I picked it up.)

 

This is yet another book I read almost two years ago, and I don’t remember it incredibly well. However, I do remember that this was cliché and used a dreadful stream-of-consciousness style narration that made Sarah, the main character, seem immature and incompetent.  (Yet another reason I despise present tense writing.)

 

The vast majority of this book is actually painful. Sarah is obsessed with Ryan, and her inner mind theatre is just a compilation of everything she loves most about him. She’s constantly thinking about him, obsessing over him, and wondering what it would be like to be with him. She is absolutely convinced he feels the same way for her (and because it’s a good ole stereotypical YA novel, he does), but they tiptoe around for stupid reasons. Ryan is actually the one I dislike the most in all this because his confession to Sarah is that he’s always had feelings for her, but decided to date Brianna anyway. I absolutely don’t understand that logic, and I have no sympathy for his “dilemma.”

 

The above encompasses about 95% of the plot; however, I decided to give this a two-star rating because The Unwritten Rule focused quite a bit on the actual friendship between Brianna and Sarah, and how destructive it really was. I have been in hurtful friendships before, and while I never had friends quite as cruel as Brianna, I sympathized with Sarah’s situation (outside of her whole trying to steal Brianna’s boyfriend thing). At the end of the novel, I felt like the story’s ending, while happily-ever-after in that Sarah and Ryan end up together, still has the friendship at the forefront. Sarah gets Ryan, yes, but the bigger thing she gets is freedom from a toxic friendship, and the realization that just because you’ve been best friends with someone for a long time doesn’t mean you need to stay friends with them forever. This was a lesson I had to learn in high school, and I felt like Scott could have been really successful if this story was about Brianna and Sarah, with Ryan floating somewhere in the background.

 

Overall: This wasn’t really a good book, although it ended up with a pretty good lesson in the end. I definitely wouldn’t recommend it because Sarah’s narration will make you want to stab something, but it definitely wasn’t as bad as it could have been. I have all of Elizabeth Scott’s books on my to-read list, and this one doesn’t make me excited to get to another one anytime soon. However, I think there’s potential, and maybe I just need one with a less cliché plot in order for it to really click for me.

 

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text 2015-07-27 20:08
Finished!
The Unwritten Rule - Elizabeth Scott

I ordered this from Amazon from my "to read ASAP" list because a used copy was on sale for about $3. I'm waiting for my copy of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to get here, so I wanted to read something in the same genre I've been in lately, but also kind of short so I could finish it by the time my book got here.

 

So I read this yesterday and today, and I'm pretty disappointed. I mean, the narration, for what's supposed to be a seventeen-year-old girl was so...juvenile. It had that stream of consciousness "this is how I feel as I feel it" vibe, and I kind of hate that. So Sarah just came across as young, immature, and somewhat incompetent for most of the novel. I can relate to her having a gorgeous, "every guy wants her and never you" sort of thing (although my prettier best friends have never been as cruel as Brianna is to Sarah, and for that I'm grateful), and some of her descriptions of Ryan were realistic in the feeling they conveyed. I also gave it some points for the positive ending, where, yeah, she gets Ryan, but it's about her moving on from someone as destructive as Brianna. Knowing that sometimes you can't save everyone, and even the people you've loved for years aren't the best for you and you have to let go. That's a lesson I had to learn when I was seventeen, too, and I'm grateful for it.

 

So, eh, it was a two star read, but certainly not something I'd recommend. I appreciated that it focused on the friendship quite a bit, but the majority of the novel was "RYAN RYAN OMG RYAN HE MAKES ME FEEEEEL THINGS RYAN RYAN RYAN."

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review 2014-09-28 04:21
The Unwritten Rule - Elizabeth Scott

This book strikes the perfect note between a fun, easy read and a story with serious depth. The toxic relationship between the girls was one of the most interesting elements, and can be so true in friendship. I really had no idea how this one was going to end, but loved getting there. Definitely one to read.

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review 2014-05-19 15:08
The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
The Unwritten Rule - Elizabeth Scott
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.


What to say about The Unwritten Rule? It's a story both sour and sweet. About weighing the options and consequences when there shouldn't be an option. Because the thing is, you do not like your best friend's boyfriend. You don't have a thing for him. You don't look at him and wish he'd been with you instead. That's just the way it is, isn't it? It's in this position our MC Sarah finds herself. Her long-time crush Ryan is together with her best friend Brianna. For the time – almost eight weeks - Brianna and Ryan have been dating, Sarah's been keeping her feelings to herself. But when hints starts to fly that Ryan might feel something for her too, what can she do: betray her best friend or stay loyal?

While the story is good, there's little to it. Sarah's character is easy to sympathize with in her inner struggles when it comes to her feelings for Ryan and Brianna. However, her thoughts are repetitive throughout the entire novel, which became boring to follow after getting about 60% through. It's should I do this or that, and then the same arguments for and against. All the while she's spending time with Brianna and Ryan, getting to know the ups and downs in their relationship which makes her feelings even harder to ignore. Then we have Brianna's struggles with her divorced parents who's letting their anger out on her. With the short length of this one, there's little space to give the characters any bigger depth, and they remain a bit stereotypical. I would've loved for this novel to be longer to give every character more time to develop, and some bigger subplots to give the reader a break from Sarah's inner monologues on her situation.

Over all, it's a decent story many people will enjoy. Perhaps my enjoyment of this was dulled by how short it was, and the lack of greater character development. I did like both Sarah and Ryan though, but at the same time I also thought each of these three had their worse moment when they should just get over themselves. But on the whole, not a bad story, just not quite enough to make me fully like it.

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review 2013-12-26 00:00
The Unwritten Rule
The Unwritten Rule - Elizabeth Scott I always count on Elizabeth Scott to get me out of my reading slumps.

It's a great book for a short sweet read!
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