The Compulsive Reader: The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

Sarah liked Ryan first, but that doesn't matter because he is now her best friend Brianna's boyfriend. And even though Sarah is well aware of the unwritten rule of friendship--you aren't supposed to like your best friend's boyfriend—it still hurts to see Ryan with Brianna. But then one night, at a party, things change for the three of them, and even as Sarah desperately attempts to be a good friend and do the right thing, she can't stop imagining what it would be like if Ryan were dating her.

The Unwritten Rule is one of Elizabeth Scott's most simple yet achingly realistic books. Though the issue at the heart of the book, liking your best friend's boyfriend, isn't exactly special or unique, Scott works her magic, making this book about so much more than messy love, but about friendship, how far loyalty extends, and familial relationships and their own set of complexities. Though for the most part The Unwritten Rule has the feel of a light, romantic book with its occasional predictability, Scott packs in plenty of emotion, and the reader can't help but feel more conflicted and empathetic with Sarah as she is drawn farther into Brianna's drama and a few things about herself and that friendship, true friendship, goes both ways. As always, Scott's magnetism will enthrall many, and her style is simple and convincing. This book is an open and excellent look at the drama and heartache involved in love and friendship.

Cover Comments: I always like how cute and bright Elizabeth's covers are, and this one is no exception! I do wonder though, if feet are becoming a bit of a trend in her covers...this is the fourth book by her with feet on the cover. Otherwise, very nice, simple, clean. I like it a lot.

The Unwritten Rule will be released by Simon Pulse on March 16th, 2010.

ARC received from publisher.


Christina T said...

Great review! I am really looking forward to this one. Elizabeth Scott is such an amazing writer. She can write books like this one with a lighter tone or heavy reads like Living Dead Girl and the result is a fantastic book. I have to admit though I like her lighter books better. Living Dead Girl was hard to get through for me.

Thanks for sharing your review!

Mizzunderstood385 said...

this book is so similar to something like fate especially the part about the parents difference in age