Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

Title: The Unwritten Rule
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Pages: 224
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: March 16, 2010

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...

All's fair in love and war. That is and isn't the case here. Sarah liked Ryan first...ever since the eighth grade actually. But that doesn't matter to Brianna, Sarah's best friend. Brianna siddles up to Ryan, works her charm, and captures his least until he gets a taste of Sarah. But Sara is rational and is all too aware of the unwritten rule; you aren't supposed to like your best friend's boyfriend. As she struggles to deal with her feelings for Ryan, guilt and fear for Brianna's friendship consumes her. What's more is that Brianna's emotionally breaking down because of family-related problems and Sarah is her only lifeboat. When Sarah is given the chance to be with Ryan, will she take that leap of faith? And if she does, what will Sarah think?

Elizabeth Scott weaves a contemporary tale of family, friendship, and romance. The Unwritten Rule is set in such a normal and real environment that readers cannot help but feel empathy towards the characters and their different situations. With such an indifferent topic, Scott evokes so many emotions in the reader and at the same time, forges a connection between the reader and the book.

Sarah is a conflicted over-thinker that teenagers will definitely be able to relate to. She's lost and depends on Brianna as her only source of friendship. Sarah stands behind Brianna's shadow; doing whatever Brianna wants and always putting Brianna first, before herself. But as The Unwritten Rule goes on, her personality becomes more solid and her growth as a person is evident in her strong narration.

The Unwritten Rule revolves around a pretty complex concept that shows the hardships of a teenager in four very important aspects; family, friendship, finding yourself, and love. Elizabeth Scott's pure and simple writing is perfectly blended to mold this beautiful story. The Unwritten Rule is a book that focuses on the drama, heartache, and confusion that is bonded with a teenager's experience. A =)

The Bottom Line: There are exceptions to every rule.

---Report Card---
Originality: 6/10
Ending: 9/10
Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
My reaction/enjoyment: 9/10
Theme: 10/10
Imagery: 10/10
Setting: 5/5
Voice: 5/5
Style: 5/5
Tone: 5/5
Cover: 10/10
Total Score: 94/100 (A)
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Anonymous,  March 26, 2010 at 9:57 PM  

I agree Reggie. I really enjoyed this book. Elizabeth has the gift of making her character's feelings just jump off of the pages.

Nice review as per usual! :D

Jennifer March 26, 2010 at 10:10 PM  

I am reading this now and am almost finished. I love it so far!! I'm really connecting with Sarah and can't wait to see how this story ends!!

Dwayne March 27, 2010 at 1:55 AM  

'Overthinker' - I seem to have wiped out the word in my vocabulary, but funny how at one point in our teenage life we all were like that. I like how this book seems to focus on friendship, which in reality will really be too huge a risk - looking forward to picking up this one. Thanks for the review Reggie!

j March 27, 2010 at 1:59 AM  

Great review Reggie! This one looks really good.

Unknown March 27, 2010 at 3:46 AM  

Okay I'm really darn curious. Lovely review BTW :)

Karen March 27, 2010 at 5:52 AM  

I'll have to check it out. Looks interesting

Robby March 27, 2010 at 8:14 AM  

I love Elizabeth's writing, so I definately need to read this book. :]

ReaganStar March 28, 2010 at 2:33 AM  

Just wanted to let you know there is an award fro you over at my blog.

Noella March 28, 2010 at 4:33 PM  

Great bottom line^^ I've read good things about Elizabeth Scott's books. This sounds like a good one to start reading!

Precious March 28, 2010 at 5:09 PM  

Great review Reggie! This sounds like a great read. I'm really interested in Elizabeth's books since everybody's saying that she writes good. :)

bianca_riot March 28, 2010 at 6:00 PM  

i really want to read this book, not because you gave a great review-it does help though-but i've heard alot about this author and really wanna read her books, so thanks for a great review!

Allison March 28, 2010 at 6:11 PM  

I've seen this one around on Goodreads, and you have definitely made me want to pick it up :)


YellowBanana March 28, 2010 at 6:33 PM  

Great review! I really want to read this because I've loved all of Elizabeth Scott's other books- she's such an amazing writer!

Spellboundbybooks Mel March 28, 2010 at 8:41 PM  

Great Review. I'd really like to read this book

Diana Dang March 28, 2010 at 8:43 PM  

I want to read this one so bad! :)

Namasté March 28, 2010 at 9:14 PM  

Characters: 10/10? Really?
Wow, it sounds really good Reggie.
I should go to Goodreads NOW!

Cate March 28, 2010 at 9:19 PM  

I've heard so many great things about this one :) Can't wait to read it!

Anne March 28, 2010 at 10:02 PM  

That looks like such a great book! There's been so many great reviews about it! Not something I would normally read, but I really want to now!

Unknown March 28, 2010 at 10:36 PM  

I really cant wait to read this book - wonderful review...

Lena1xoxo March 28, 2010 at 10:52 PM  

I need to read this. It's been on my shelf since the release. Because of your review, I need to read it NOW! lol :D Great review!

Υess Mendoza =] March 29, 2010 at 12:42 AM  

Nice review as usual! i really like to read this book...

Anonymous,  March 29, 2010 at 1:05 AM  

I dont really like this book pero its respetable xD! also great review!

Giada M. March 29, 2010 at 1:37 AM  

Thanks foe the review! This author is new to me, but the book seems very interesting.

Unknown March 29, 2010 at 1:57 AM  

Sounds great! Thanks for the review. I've been wanting to read this for a while now. :)

Bianca March 29, 2010 at 2:26 AM  

Great review, Reggie! The Elizabeth Scott books I've read so far have been FABULOUS! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one!

Vicky B March 29, 2010 at 2:28 AM  

I saw this book on the shelf the other day and was seriously intrigued. Now I am even more anxious to read it!

Unknown March 29, 2010 at 2:48 AM  

I need to get this book, heard great things about it and I can totally relate to Sarah. Sounds awesome!

DeNiSe March 29, 2010 at 2:57 AM  

YAY another good review I love ES book I'm happy that you enjoyed it


Anonymous,  March 29, 2010 at 3:30 AM  

great review! looks like a awesome read. :)

Christa March 29, 2010 at 5:08 AM  

This is one of those premises that I'm never interested in... I mean, you just don't date your best friend's (ex) boyfriend... except I really want to read this book in particular. : ) I think a huge part of that is because the cover art is wonderful... but I've also seen a bunch of good reviews of it... so now I'm super curious... (Hope I can win it in the Publisher Contest... I requested Simon & Schuster, lol).

The Library Lurker March 29, 2010 at 6:10 AM  

I really want to read this! Great review!

RebekahC March 29, 2010 at 7:19 AM  

Thanks for this great review. I think I'll add this book to my list of ones to look for. Sounds like a really cute read.


Dances with Books March 29, 2010 at 7:30 AM  

I've been pining for this book for sooo long, and I'm extremely happy that it should stand up against my standards. Great review!

Jill of The O.W.L. March 29, 2010 at 10:50 AM  

I love the cover for this book. And I like that it sounds like it has a little more depth than I thought it would. I always like it when I can watch the main character grow and strength who he/she is.

Cherry March 29, 2010 at 11:34 PM  

How's your new background? Very YA :)

Your review? Lovely! The cover could do better though :( It just not very attractive to my reader's eyes...

Flo March 30, 2010 at 2:01 AM  

i've read many good reviews about this one and it sounds so good that i might add it to my list to read very soon

Jessy March 30, 2010 at 4:21 AM  

Glad to see you enjoyed this. I have heard so many wonderful things about Elizabeth Scott's writing. Unfortunately, I haven't read anything of hers yet.

melissa @ 1lbr March 30, 2010 at 5:59 AM  

I have yet to read anything by Elizabeth Scott. But, it sounds like she can write just about anything! I really like the cover of this one, too.

Chelsea B.,  March 30, 2010 at 5:59 AM  

I've never read a Elizabeth Scott book but I've heard such great things! I'll definitely think about picking up one of her books!

ally March 30, 2010 at 1:09 PM  


i have to admit i'm a girly-girl at heart so this book just pulls me over =)!

can't wait to read it!~

Jenn-ay March 30, 2010 at 3:20 PM  

I don't know why I haven't read any of her books yet. She seems like my kind of author. It's a good thing I bought one of her books recently. Now it's just a matter of time for me to read it (stop growing TBR pile *sigh*)

Bookish in a Box March 31, 2010 at 12:19 AM  

The Unwritten Rule sounds more complex than I thought (and in a good way). I haven't read any of Elizabeth Scott's books, but I can't wait to try one out.

Hannah S. March 31, 2010 at 7:16 AM  

Ooh, I loved this book!
Love, Hannah

bookaholic March 31, 2010 at 10:56 AM  

Seems like a nice book. Great review Reggie :)

Jenny N. April 1, 2010 at 12:42 PM  

I havent read any of Elizabeth's books yet and this one sounds really good.

Holly April 1, 2010 at 3:14 PM  

I'm glad you liked this book, there have been so many bad reviews of this book. I have been waiting for this one to come out for quite some time.

Aina Yasmin April 1, 2010 at 9:50 PM  

This book is in my wishlist!
I reallllly wanna get my hands on this book!

Chioma April 4, 2010 at 10:02 AM  

I've been reading nothing but mixed reviews on this one, but it sounds really good. And you can't go wrong with a Elizabeth Scott!!! Thanks for the review, it was helpful!!!

Tere1494 April 8, 2010 at 8:53 AM  

Well...I loved your review. I haven´t read the book but I read another one from Elizabeth that´s Love you, Hate you, Miss You...that´s pretty cool and it seems that She continues for the form of her writting talking about stuff that are related to teenage troubles and that´s a great help and sometimes you can relate so well to her characters.

A wonderful Author...Thanks I´d add this book on my list

Anonymous,  April 8, 2010 at 9:48 PM  

Nice review, Ive been wanting to red it for ages, havent been able to find it in my city yet.
I cant wait to read it :D

Sara April 12, 2010 at 11:11 AM  

I see that many people chose to comment on this review for extra entries!! :D

I loved THE UNWRITTEN RULE! I just wish that Scott's novels were LONGER! But I thought that she did a great job of writing Sarah's emotions; I could really relate.

Ashley April 13, 2010 at 5:11 AM  

Oh wow you gave this one an awesome review. I've been dying to read this book and you made me want to read it even more! I love this cover, too. (:

Anonymous,  April 14, 2010 at 7:38 AM  

I so cannot wait to read this book! Elizabeth Scott is one of my favorite authors. Love her.

Ezzy April 21, 2010 at 3:31 AM  

this book sounds good have been wanting to read this for quite some time

Anonymous,  April 22, 2010 at 10:06 AM  

This brings back sooo many memories. Ah high school. So long ago yet feels like just yesterday. Great review!

Anonymous,  June 25, 2010 at 2:14 PM  

Oh, this looks really good! I'll have to go see if I can find it.

Anonymous,  July 12, 2010 at 4:11 PM  

The Unwritten Rule was awesome!

I have to agree with your perfect score for the characters. Without spoiling the story, I have to say that it was SO HARD for me to hate certain people because they were written very realistically.

Plus, there's Ryan. UGH. I want a Ryan.

Awesome review. I agree wholeheartedly. ;)

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