Rummanah Aasi
  There are some rules that are unspoken yet understood, especially when it comes to relationships. You don't date your brother or sister's best friend. You don't date your best friend's boyfriend/girlfriend. This may be easier said than done. Once you fall for someone, who they belong too doesn't really seem to matter because even if your head knows it's wrong, your heart doesn't. So which do you listen you: your head or your heart? Logic or love? This is the dilemma that Sarah gets caught in The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott.

Description: Sarah has always liked Ryan ever since 8th grade. Once Sarah found out that her best friend since kindergarten, Brianna, also liked Ryan she stood aside while Brianna and Ryan got together. Sarah has tried to forget about Ryan, but her feelings for him keeps getting stronger and her guilt keeps getting larger. Now Ryan seems to be giving Sarah mixed signals. Does he really like her instead of Brianna?

Review: I really enjoyed this book. While there is not much plot, this book is largely a character driven novel. Sarah and Brianna's relationship unfolds. You have to read in between the lines in order to really figure out their true relationship. Brianna's parents are going through an ugly divorce and have been verbally abusive. She turns to Sarah as her support network. From Sarah's perspective, she has always been loyal to her friend but there are times where her friendship is a one way street. As Sarah observes Brianna and Ryan's relationship, she slowly begins to realize and see the true Brianna.
  Scott does a remarkable job in creating a roller coaster of emotions ranging from guilt to joy to self assurance. It's a quick read and Sarah's emotions were so palpable. I have read that many readers were frustrated with Sarah and wanted her to grow a spine. I didn't find Sarah frustrating. I saw a girl who knew what roles was expected of her and didn't know anything else. Her loyal and niceness were seen as flaws instead of strengths. I also really liked the abrupt ending, which is very realistic and does not offer a tidy ending. I found The Unwritten Rule to be a well written, thought provoking, and realistic romance novel.

Rating: 4 stars

Words of Caution: There is some mild language in the book, including a few f-bombs.

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1 Response
  1. Jenny Says:

    I love the books that are really character-driven, they always leave me thinking:) I'm not familiar with this book, but I'm always looking for fun, quick read. Thanks for the review!

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