Monday, 19 April 2010

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

From Goodreads:
Everyone knows the unwritten rule: You don't like you 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...


I'm not completely sure what it is about Elizabeth Scott novels that I love,  but love them I do! I knew as soon as I started this I would enjoy it – I find her style of writing so easy to get in to and I just adore her characters. I love the way they feel real – how she allows them to have flaws but still manages to make them likeable and believable. I took to Sarah straight away and you could feel how torn she was over her feelings for Ryan and her friendship with Brianna. I don’t necessary agree that she made the right choices and I spent most of the book wishing she would stand up for herself and not let Brianna treat her in the way she sometimes did – but I understood that it’s not always that simple. I felt sorry for Brianna – her home life isn’t the best and I got the impression that she’s constantly looking for something she will never find which is really sad. I did not like the way she treated Sarah though, even if it did seem to echo the way she was treated by her mother. Ryan was really sweet and I loved the connection he had with Sarah – it felt real and one based on friendship. I did want to kick him a few times though for not being honest in the beginning.

I liked how the story was really about Sarah - her perception of herself and how the choices she makes shapes her as a person. I liked how her character grew and got stronger and I liked how no-one in this situation was completely innocent or completely to blame. They were all victims in one way or another – either by their own doing or by the actions of others – and the story showed that the choices we make do have consequences.

Overall this was another great Scott book. I don’t think it quite knocks Perfect You and Stealing Heaven off the top spot as my favourites but it gave them a good run for their money. Really good!


7 comments:

Michelle said...

I agree with your review. Perfect You is still my favourite as well, along with Bloom. :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Great review :)

LovesSam said...

I agree with you, it was a fabulous book, but it wasn;t my favourite book by Scott. I thought the development of the characters wasn't as good as she normally is. great review

Becky said...

Wow, Elizabeth Scott sure is a popular author. I think I am going to start with Stealing Heaven when I finally get around to buying one of her books. I still remember your review of that. It totally intrigues me. I like the way you say that they are all victims and sometimes of their own making. It sounds interesting but as you say it isn't her best. I shall leave this one until I find out if I like her writing.

Luisa at Chicklish said...

I really want to read this! Thanks for the review, which has made me want to read it even more.

prophecygirl said...

I liked this one too, though I didn't think it was her best. Great review!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I've heard mixed things about this so I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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