I bought this book for my daughter about two years ago because it was the Teen Book Club selection at Books A Million at that time, and it sounded like it would be a good book to read. She actually never read it, and when I saw it on her book shelf I decided to give it a shot. I’m glad I did. This ended up being a story about friendship and loyalty that I’m sure many girls can relate to. After all, it really is an unwritten rule: you’re not supposed to like your best friend’s boyfriend! Yet, I’m pretty sure everyone has dealt with something similar at one point or another.
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…
There are just certain things that you don’t do, even though it’s not written down anywhere, you just don’t do them. In the world of teens, I suspect there are even more dos and don’ts. There are rules like, don’t cheat on tests, don’t tell your best friend’s secrets, and of course, the premise for this book, don’t like your best friend’s boyfriend.
Elizabeth Scott has given us a story that teenaged girls can truly relate to. Protagonist Sarah has to endure being with her best friend and her boyfriend all the time, and can’t tell anyone that she really likes Ryan. I suspect that many girls have had similar situations.
What also made this book enjoyable was the fact that Sarah learns a lot about herself and her friendship with Brianna. Sarah and Brianna have been friends for so long that Sarah accepts Brianna’s faults, often to her own detriment. Again, something that I think resounds with many young girls. In addition, Sarah and Brianna’s relationships with their parents are also examined in this book. I really liked the contrast between the two sets of parents and the effect that they had on the respective girls. It was enjoyable to read about the impact that Sarah’s positive parents had on her life.
Overall, “The Unwritten Rule” was an enjoyable book with some positive life lessons included. I highly recommend it as a summer read.
“There are a million rules for being a girl. There are a million things you have to do to get through each day. High school has things that can trip you up, ruin you, people say one thing and mean another, and you have to know all the rules, you have to know what you can and can’t do.”
“ I’ve been taught that love is beautiful and kind, but it isn’t like that at all. It is beautiful, but it’s a terrible beauty, a ruthless one, and you fall-you fall, and the thing is-
The thing is you want to. You don’t care what’s coming you just want who your heart beats for.”
“I liked him first, but it doesn’t matter. I still like him. That doesn’t matter either. Or at least, it’s not supposed to.”