Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

Grade: C


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...


Character Development: 5/10
Originality: 2/10
Overall Enjoyment: 5/10
Ending: 6/10
Voice: 7/10
Plot: 6/10
Setting: 8/10
Total Score: 39/70

Obtained: Borrowed from a friend. 

Age Appropriate? PG-13ish

Cursing: Some, not very much, but a few f-bombs. 
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Maybe a few vague references to teen drinking...?
Sexual Content: Vague references, one almost-scene.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Child neglect. 


Maybe it was the fact that this book has the exact same plot as Flawless (down to the main character's name), maybe it was that I've seen Elizabeth Scott do so much better (see Grace, below). Or maybe it's just that something about the whole I'm-in-love-with-my-best-friend's-boyfriend-but-I'm-too-"nice"-of-a-friend-to-do-anything-about-it thing that peeves me. Either way, this book was a letdown. 

Through the whole thing, through every single page of miserable, self-pitying rants about how beautiful and awesome Ryan is and how horrible the narrator is for loving this boy and how awful her best friend is to her (boo hoo!), I was wondering why the heck nothing was happening. Just rants. For pages and pages. And then--oh, was that--? Could it be...plot development?! ...Oh, wait, no. False alarm. back to the rants. And the whole time this girl is pining for Ryan (Ryan this and Ryan that), the idiot boy is leading on two girls at once and neither of them notices or cares. What?

I shouldn't be so harsh. My friend loved the book, and she's a reasonable, good reader. I'm sure it has redeeming qualities. My problem was that I read the same book with a different cover a week ago and it wasn't fantastic then. So...I don't recommend it. But if you absolutely love Elizabeth Scott and stories like this...I guess give it a try.  


1 comment:

  1. I loved this books too, one of my favorites! But not as good as Living Dead Girl.


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