Thursday, March 4, 2010

Book Review- The Unwritten Rule

I finished reading The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott last night.

From Goodreads:

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...
After reading this summary, I knew immediately whose side I was on--Brianna's.  I mean, one of my biggest rules is that you don't date a friend's ex-boyfriend, much less go after her current boyfriend.  But after a couple of chapters in, I quickly changed my mind. 
Brianna was so stuck up!  Yes, there were times that I felt bad for her, during the scenes with her mom and talking about her dad.  But she obviously felt that she was better than Sarah, and treated her that way, and she felt that she had a right to all of these guys.  Ugh!
And poor Sarah.  She seemed like such a doormat.  I mean, Brianna didn't treat her right at all.  All of her "compliments" and helpful advice were really insults.  And Sarah took them and justified them.  I wanted her to stand up for herself!  Get rid of the negative, girl!
Ryan seemed cute and sweet.  I liked the chemistry that he and Sarah had together, and I found myself thinking "just end things with Brianna already!". 
I liked the ending.  While it wasn't a complete Happily-Ever-After ending, I think it was the correct one.  I mean, there is no way that the end could turn out happy and in everyone's favor.
This was a cute, quick read, and while my first read by Elizabeth Scott, I look forward to reading more by her!
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.

The Unwritten Rule will be released on March 16.
This book fullfills items for the following challenges:
A to Z Challenge: S
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 29
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 20
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 20
*FTC Disclosure:  I received this book for free from the author/publisher for an honest review.

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