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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 2014-05-17 06:53
Anna and the French Kiss (Review)
Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins

Who am I, and why in the world did I wait so long to read this book?

 

Almost immediately, I fell in love with Stephanie Perkins’ writing and the world she created. Anna was funny and spunky—exactly the heroine perfect for this type of cutesy and adorable novel. This is almost a perfect chick-lit book. It makes you laugh, it makes your heart squeeze like a tight coil has been wrapped around it a thousand times, and it makes you wish, more than anything, that these sorts of fairytales really did come true.

 

Anna and the French Kiss was a quirky and sweet book, full of the best kind of love—the kind that develops over an entire friendship and is only strengthened by ups and downs. St. Clair, Anna’s new English/French/American best friend, ended up being a completely swoon-worthy love interest, and right from the get-go, I fell in love with their story. I was so close to giving this one five stars—so ridiculously close that it pains me that there were parts that prevented it from reaching perfection in my eyes. However, despite those flaws, I would recommend this book in a heartbeat—it was almost everything I could have asked for from this genre, and I will most definitely be reading more of Perkins’ work in the future. I’ve found a new author to fall in love with!

 

What I Liked: Spoilers!

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text 2014-05-14 09:27
Finished!
Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins

Not going to lie, I REALLY enjoyed this book. And I wanted so badly to give it a glowing five stars. But...

 

Well, to be honest, for a good while there, Anna bugged the crap out of me. I think it all begins with her drunken tirade when she gets mad at St. Clair (or do we call him Etienne? I hated the constant name-changing, too) for wanting to make up with Ellie. She yells at him for staying with her, even though Anna has been there. And after that, Anna is just...ugh.

 

She assumes that St. Clair feels the same way. And I know that we know he feels the same way, but her immature reaction to him wanting to stay with his girlfriend and not getting with her, coupled with her even more immature reaction by dating Dave-the-idiot to get back at him is just...UGH. That's the only word. Honestly. I hate when in books or films like these, the main couple just starts fighting and arguing and pissing each other off, because it's only extra drama that doesn't need to be there. There was no reason for any of it to be there. Watching St. Clair and Anna fall in love was enough of a story without the extra crap on the side. In my experience, that's not generally how real life works, and it made it difficult to connect to or empathize with the characters.

 

On the plus side, I was in love again by the end, though I can't ignore how angry and irritated I was during the portion of the novel where they just refused to get along. And like I said, constantly switching between St. Clair and Etienne really got on my nerves. I'm going to call him St. Clair because you can't just have a solid character for two hundred pages in a novel and suddenly decide to call him something different. Noooope.

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text 2014-05-12 11:10
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Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins

Curses! I'm totally in love. Augh, I'm in such a chick-lit-y mood, and this is seriously hitting the spot. I love when I read a book in this genre and everything in me looks forward to the next time the main characters will be just in the same scene together. One of my best friends here just finished reading this book (borrowed from me) and she really liked it--so I'm jumping on board to finally see what I think about this long-hyped novel.

 

I definitely haven't been disappointed so far. I'll jump on the train.

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