Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Review: The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

Title: The Unwritten Rule
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Release Date: March 16th 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Links: GoodReads / The Book Depository
NZ Retailers: Paper Plus / Whitcoulls 

Snyopsis (from GoodReads)

Sarah and Brianna have always been friends, and it's always gone like this: guys talk to Sarah in order to get closer to Brianna. So even though Sarah met Ryan first, she's not surprised that he ends up with Brianna (even though Sarah has a massive crush on him).

The three of them hang out, and Sarah and Ryan's friendship grows until one night an innocent exchange between them leads to a moment that makes Sarah realize that Ryan might be interested in her after all. But if there's one unwritten rule, it's this: you don't mess around with a friend's boyfriend.

So Sarah tries to resist temptation. But with the three of them thrown together more and more, tension builds between Sarah and Ryan, and when they find themselves alone together at one point, they realize they just can't fight how they feel anymore....

My Thoughts

This story has a very simple story-line. Sarah likes her best friend's boyfriend. As you read more of the story it is very clear that... Sarah likes her best friend's boyfriend. What I'm saying here, is that this story is super basic. Sarah has had a crush on a boy named Ryan for years but before anything manages to happen between them, Ryan becomes the boyfriend of Sarah's best friend Briana. In the beginning I sympathize with Sarah. She seems like a real nice girl and I really want everything to work out for her. What her and Ryan has is nice. Through flash backs we get to see a lot about how Ryan and Sarah's relationship developed, how Ryan and Briana's relationship came together and also how Sarah and Briana became friends. This helped me to get to know the characters a bit better and it made me feel like I had known the characters for much longer than I really had, which made the story more enjoyable to follow. As the story goes on though it becomes obvious that all it's really going to be about is how much Sarah wants Ryan and how she cannot have him! Ryan is Brianna's boyfriend and 'you don't kiss your best friends boyfriend'. This is pretty much the basis of most of the story. You see Sarah struggling with her feelings for Ryan. Deciding that she doesn't want anything with him because he's with Briana, and then changing her mind again. This is pretty much all that happens... and then there are some small events leading to the ending. When we come to the ending, I am fine with the outcome. I just have one major problem that makes me want to punch one of the characters in the gut... *MINI SPOILER - Skim ahead if you don't want to know* There is one part where Briana is simply being a complete bitc cow and saying horrible things to Sarah. It was sort of like the author was like, Hmmm okay now let's make everyone hate Briana! Anyways, despite all this... Sarah feels bad about making Briana angry! She misses her! She feels bad and goes to Brianna to apologize and ask her forgiveness and I though, WH-WHAT?? She says all that stuff about you and you act like you're the only big bad guy?? *shakes head* But that's just the way Sarah is... *SPOILER END*

The protagonist, Sarah, who is quite likable and relatable at first has one major flaw... she is a complete push-over! Sorry if I'm being harsh, but I don't know if the author realized how much off a pansy she made Sarah appear to be. I totally understand that Briana 'saved' Sarah from a girl she was friends with when they were younger, but that is no reason for her to continuously accept crap from Briana. Her 'friend' is constantly telling her what to do, putting her down, making her do things she doesn't want and she just accepts it! She never ever stands up for herself and it's so frustrating to read it happening over and over again. Then there is Briana the 'best friend'. I'm a bit confused about what the author was trying to do with her character. She is annoying in many ways, yet there are times when the author talks her up and tries to make her look like a good person. I know she has issues with her family, but she's really is not a nice person. Apart from being a mean person and bad friend in general, something that annoys me about Briana also is how she can never be alone with Ryan. Whenever her or Ryan had plans, Sarah gets dragged along... I understand she needs to be there for us to follow what's going on but I wish the author had found a less obnoxious way to do it. As for Ryan, there's not much to say about him. Even though we don't learn a lot about him, he is somewhat likable... Oh except for when he's being stupid and tries to kiss Sarah at his girlfriend's house, when she is in the next room and will probably come walking in soon. Oh and also when him and Sarah always talk about their relationship when Briana is around and only about 10 meters away... The only characters in this book who are completely likable are Sarah's parents. They're just good people (:

So I pretty much just told you guys the cast are annoying as heck. For once though, it sort of adds to the story. I suppose it gives all the characters a personality in a way and with so much lacking in the story, the annoying characters give you something to be passionate about. hahah. I think this is a book I would have enjoyed when I was younger. I think the characters are supposed to be around my age but the way they act sort of put me off. While the story is pretty basic, the author did a pretty good job writing a book with such little to write about. I mean, it wasn't slow at all so that's always a plus! It isn't a bad book, but I definitely expected more. It sounded interesting when I read the synopsis little did I know, it was just that. I would recommend this book if you're bored and looking for something to pass time. While I may be wrong (as I know a few older people who enjoyed this), I think this book would be more enjoyable for slightly younger audiences. My sister really wants to read it so once she's done I'll let you guys know what she thinks!

3 Stars!


  1. Hmmm... I know what you mean. Sometimes Ill read a book and I feel like it was aimed at a MUCH younger audience.
    And though Im no longer "YA" and most of the books I read are YA, I still feel like some of them are... TOO young.
    Anyways, great review

  2. You know, I saw this at Whitcoulls in the bargain area as well, but I didn't know much about it and I remembered that you were reading it at the moment! So I've literally been waiting to hear what you think haha :P I'm kind of glad that I didn't just buy it that day because the characters sound like the type that I don't usually like to read about. For one, I really dislike push-overs, I hate how they just let other people step all over them! Not to mention the fact that I also dislike characters that act younger than their years. And Brianna really does sound like a... cow :S Which is a shame because I love contemporaries and the synopsis sounded really sweet! But I guess, since I'm younger than you, I might enjoy it more? Anyway, thanks so much for the review, Kim x)

    Oh and you have a sister? I'm so jealous! Is she younger? It must be nice to share similar tastes in books! My brother only reads all this boring stuff haha :3

    1. When I saw the book I picked it up right away because it was already on my to-read list (as was many of the other authors books). From what I know of your tastes, I don't know if I could say that you will dislike it as much as I seemed to, but I think I can say you won't think it's a great book either. lol.

      Yup I have 4 siblings (: This sister is younger. She's not a big reader though. She LOVED the Hunger Games too and ever since she's tried to start reading a bit. haha.

  3. Hi!
    This is a great review, love how you stated your honest opinion and could name exactly the things that bothered you. I've read Bloom - another Elisabeth Scott novel - a few months ago and I actually liked it - but it seems to be very similar to this book of hers. You don't get more than the synopsis, either but then again combined with the short length of the book I found that was a quick read that made me think but not too much :)
    Anyway, I get your point here and this book doesn't really sound like I'd like it all that much...Happy Sunday (I feel like I'm quite a bit late with this comment...)

    1. Bloom is also on my To-Read list but I think I'll just borrow that one from the library one day. As long as the characters aren't annoying, I think I can deal with the storyline being just the synopsis. Lol.

      You're not late at all! (: hahah.

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