Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Grade 9 Up—The unwritten rule is plain: "You don't like your best friend's boyfriend." But Sarah does. She likes. The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott - Sarah and Brianna have always been friends, and it's always gone like this: guys talk to Sarah in order to get closer to. It's free to register here toget The Unwritten Rule Book file PDF. file The Unwritten Rule site, epub, ebook, paperbook, and another formats.
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For Keeps by Natasha Friend. Josie's never met her dad, and that's fine with her. To Josie, Paul Tucci is just a guy who got her mom pregnant and then moved away. But he is dating my best friend Brianna. She's been my best friend since the kindergarten. But Ryan likes me more than Brianna. But Brianna loves Ryan too.
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But their relationship isn't working. But Brianna's parents are so horrible, I can's take Ryan from her too. But I like Ryan so much Main characters are also very hard to get attached to.
They are not interesting or compelling, they lack complexity - Sarah is a goody motherly type of girl, Brianna is an outright mean girl, and Ryan is a doormat-ish stud. This assortment of cliche characters doesn't leave much room for moral dilemma, it is very easy to discount bad girl Brianna's feelings and forgive good girl Sarah's deceit. IMO this subject has been portrayed infinitely better in E. Lockhart 's Ruby Oliver books. View all 11 comments. Apr 20, jesse rated it did not like it.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. BOTH books can be summarised as follows: View 2 comments. She writes both accessibly and perceptively about the teenage experience and its accompanying emotions. Not to mince matters, 2. Not to mince matters, yes, this book contains a love triangle of sorts, and cheating.
However, I feel it would be doing Scott a disservice to reduce this book down to merely its romantic aspects.
There is a lot of inner dialogue as Sarah examines and turns over her secret feelings, and ruminates over her guilt and pent up anger. Beyond this, however, Scott examines the nature and effects of a toxic friendship. The dynamic between Sarah and Brianna is subtly drawn - Scott uses her light touch here effectively — and this is a much more nuanced portrayal of a destructive friendship than is often found in two-tone mean-girl storylines.
The antagonism in this situation is much more veiled and complicated. Mar 18, Janina rated it liked it Shelves: One thing right at the beginning: So this rating might be influenced a tiny bit by that ;.
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What I liked: It was nice to see a teenaged heroine who got along well with her family and whose family made up a huge aspect of her life. It was a change to see a girl who sometimes preferred to hang out at home instead of going out with her friends. The chemistry Sara and Ryan had was great as well. Lots of swoon-worthy scenes between the two. I think this story would have had much more to it if Brianna had been a better friend.
Then I as the reader would actually have had the possibility to sympathise with her.
Or why did they become a couple in the first place? Still, I enjoyed the read while it lasted, therefore the three stars. Jan 15, Nomes rated it liked it Shelves: Her prose is easy to slip into.
There's a gentle humour that lift 2. Despite all the things I could admire about this book, it ultimately didn't really work for me. Beyond the actual premise, there did not seem to be any plot. There was no raising of stakes or tension. I grew a little tired of reading so much internal conflict as Sarah relentlessly tried to sort through her feelings. I am not really a fan of dragging out tension via staged scene interruptions. It's firmly a high school kind of read, very PG some of Scott's other books have an older YA vibe but this one's for the teens.
I read this book in just a few short hours. I literally couldn't stop reading. You will definitely want to read this book. First off, it's very easy to connect with Sarah. We have probably all been in similar situations, whether we were the friend who had the crush on the spoken for boyfriend or the girl who had the boyfriend.
It was, for me, also very easy to relate to Brianna. She had problems with her parents that just made her cry and wonder who loved her. But Brianna, I just didn't like towards the end. She sort of showed her true self and then again she was only trying to protect herself. I really liked this book because it could've actually happened. It was so realistic that it could've been a story that happened to any one of us. I loved that about the book.
It was realistic from beginning to end. And even though, there is that unwritten rule, you can't help but secretly and quietly yell, "YES! Addict's Last Words: Great book. Great details. Great characters.
A book that you need to read. May 04, Heather rated it liked it Shelves: Sarah is 17 and lives in the shadow of her beautiful, shallow best frienemy Brianna. Best friends since they were five, Sarah couldn't imagine life without Brianna, but lately, Sarah has been having some decidedly un-friendly thoughts about Ryan, Brianna's current boyfriend.
Sarah has wanted Ryan before Brianna was willing to acknowledge his existence, but now, Brianna's got him, or does she? And did she ever? The Unwritten Rule makes for a cutesy love story, but more than anything, its a comin Sarah is 17 and lives in the shadow of her beautiful, shallow best frienemy Brianna.
The Unwritten Rule makes for a cutesy love story, but more than anything, its a coming of age tale about the guises and dependency of friendship, standing your ground, and finding enough worth in yourself to be who you are.
View 1 comment. Jan 14, Katie babs rated it did not like it Shelves: Unfortunately, The Written Rule was a major disappointment for me. It had no real depth and the main characters annoyed me immensely. Carrie Jones has the blurb on the cover where she says this is brilliant, touching and true.
I beg to differ. Sara has an all-consuming crush on Ryan. Sara fades into the background all because of her beautiful and vivacious best friend, Brianna. Sara comes from a well-rounded family, with a loving mother and father and loves wearing bright colorful sneakers to show off her lacking personality she feels she has.
One day at a party, Ryan starts talking to her and they have a moment where he may kiss her. Ryan goes off with Brianna and they next thing that happens is that Ryan and Brianna are a couple.
But wherever they go, Sara is there and soon something horrible happens. Ryan drives Sara home one night and they end up kissing. And then Ryan says he wants to be with Sara and will find a way to tell Brianna. Sara is torn because friends should come before boys, but she wants Ryan so much.
The Unwritten Rule has a great premise but the exposition fails big time. Elizabeth tries her best to explain why Sara is to torn up about her and Ryan kissing. The big problem I had is with Ryan, this wishy-washy character, who with one word right from the start could have solved everything. We never get the full story on why he decides to be with Brianna even after she kisses him as her way to manipulate him into being her boyfriend.
She claims him just because she wants to. Inserting that word and the insults Brianna is supposed to bring forth an emotional reaction from the reader.
This is a major pass. View all 3 comments. Jun 20, Nancy rated it did not like it Shelves: Sarah liked Ryan first. But it's her best friend Brianna that's dating Ryan.
Sarah should be the good friend and back off, but she just can't stop liking Ryan. Whatever shall she do?! Yes, my tone is slightly mocking. The story is simple enough. In fact, too simple. It's another one of those books where it's just a love story and that's it. Nothing else happens. There's nothing deep about family or even friendship. In fact, the crazy friendship was what kept me going because it was the only dra Sarah liked Ryan first.
In fact, the crazy friendship was what kept me going because it was the only dramatic parts. Otherwise, it was just a very tortured love story. Girl can't be with guy, but wants him badly, so they end up sneaking around and becoming very guilty.
Lots of: It was boring as hell. I'm surprised I got through this. I just really wish, for once, that Scott's protagonists would do something, anything. Take action. If Sarah likes Ryan so much, just tell Brianna. Screw Brianna, who's always been such a bitch and constantly putting down Sarah with her nonchalant comments. And Ryan, too.
What, it takes him nearly two months to get the courage to tell everyone the truth about who he likes? I hate indecisive guys who can't make up their minds. All Ryan does is tell Brianna, "We gotta talk" for the last few weeks. Couldn't he have been more adamnant and persistent?
Seriously, it takes this couple pages to finally confess? Wait, no, they didn't even tell Brianna; she walked in on them. Can you imagine how many more pages it would take for them to own up to their mistakes? Sarah would continue feeling guilty and backing out of it, out of Ryan, and this endless circle of thoughts and events will continue. I really didn't like the story. If I wrote this, I would go in a different direction. I would actually give Sarah a life beyond Brianna. Sarah would find friendship in people outside Brianna's life and this wouldn't happen at the very end, either , Sarah would actually stand up to B and maybe even slap her if she'd done that, I would have certainly applauded Sarah for her guts more , and Sarah would definitely be less annoying with her "I wish things were different.
I wish this, I wish that, I want this, I want that. They're just not people I really resonate with or see role models as. Also, I absolutely abhorred Brianna, and thought it pitiful trying to give her this background story to explain to readers why she is the way she is. Just because she has all this trouble with parents doesn't mean she can be a total bitch.
Stop sugarcoating people's actions like that! Overall, just not impressed. View all 4 comments. The Unwritten Rule is a classic story of girl likes best friends boyfriend and he likes her. To be honest I wasn't sure what I was expecting before I got into this one, thinking that the girl just betrayed her best friend and hooked up with her boyfriend. Okay, I know that what Sarah did wasn't right and I don't think cheating is okay, at all, but I think this was the first time I actually applauded it.
I can't find myself cari The Unwritten Rule is a classic story of girl likes best friends boyfriend and he likes her. I can't find myself caring about her wrong, not while having a so called friend like Brianna.
I don't like her. At All. I understand that she has issues and can even sympathies with that, but I can't stand girls who make others feel crappy just so they can make themselves feel inferior. I don't care that she has daddy issues and doesn't feel loved, the way she talks to Sarah and how she makes her feel so teeny-tiny is really crappy.
It felt like she was just keeping Sarah around just so she could feel better about the way she looks and being looked at. If I had a friend say that to me? I swear I'd She was most likely written to be hated, so well done Elizabeth Scott, she was definitely hated. What I did like about the story was Sarah's parents for one, they were too awesome and I also liked the awkward moments between Ryan and Sarah, they rang extremely realistic and incredibly sweet.
I think maybe it dragged on a little to long though and I was constantly screaming for him to just spit it out already, but in the end I'm glad that things worked out the way they did cause Brianna didn't deserve either of them. I was a bit annoyed at the ending when Sarah practically begged Brianna to be friends again. I mean she missed her?
I never really understood why she even liked Brianna, they are polar-opposites and there friendship didn't make any sense to me. Overall I like the book, the characters pissed me off and made me smile and I was entertained enough to read this in one sitting. It's a great story about that moment where you will have to ultimately choose where you want your life to go. First love and questioning true friendship.
Book Review: The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
Mar 29, Erin K rated it it was amazing Shelves: The toxic friendship between Sarah and Brianna is made obvious several times, especially at the times when Brianna acts as though she's really helping Sarah while putting down her physic The Unwritten Rule should be a requirement for girls all throughout high school to read. Jan 22, Arlene rated it liked it Shelves: Rating Clarification: I was amazed at how this author could seamlessly pen a novel that is on such a different spectrum than her daunting book Living Dead Girl.
The Unwritten Rule carries a pleasant tone and refreshing theme that YA romance readers can enjoy with ease. In this book, Sarah is head over heels for Ryan and has been since the eight grade.
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Unfortunately, they get eaten by dinosaurs he is dating her best frien Rating Clarification: Unfortunately, they get eaten by dinosaurs he is dating her best friend Brianna, and as the story progresses, Sarah is faced with a difficult choice that will either cause her to lose her best friend or sacrafice a chance at experiencing true love.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It did have a few events at the end that did seem a bit convenient for the storyline and contrived, but not enough to annoy me like Barney's singing. The ending was perfect IMO and I liked how Sarah grew from her experiences and learned some valuable dinosaur survival skills life lessons. I feel comfortable rec'ing this book to my fellow readers that enjoy light YA romance.
Fun read! View all 23 comments. Mar 02, Morgan F rated it liked it Shelves: When I first saw this book, it looked charming. Nothing earth-shattering, of course, but charming. This book is about Sarah, the shy best friend of the beautiful Brianna. Sarah has always done her best to be the perfect friend for Brianna, whether its being there when Brianna's parents screw up again or just making Brianna feel needed. But one thing is threatening their friendship: Sarah seriously likes Brianna's boyfriend, Ryan, and that feeling is only magnified when Ryan and her kiss.
Now Sara When I first saw this book, it looked charming. Now Sarah must make a decision. Who's more important in her life? The cute artistic guy she's liked since eighth grade? I liked this book. My favorite thing about it was Sarah's parents. They were adorable, quirky, and caring. YA fiction seriouly needs more parents like these. I even liked Brianna's depth. It would be one thing if she was just a bitchy mean girl, but she's a bitchy mean girl with reasons for her bitchiness.
I also liked all the little awkward moments between the characters, because they were all too realistic. Now there were things I didn't like. Amongst them the writing style. It was a little too informal and conversational, like it was straight out of the thought-process of a teen. I wasn't too big a fan of the narrator either. She was a little too meek and her constant fretting about the kiss could get annoying.
I wanted to shake her sometimes, and yell at her to stand up for herself. And I still have one question left at the end of the book. Why did Ryan go out with Brianna in the first place if he liked Sarah so much?
If the answer is in there, and I missed it, please let me know. I also found the character roles a little bit of a cliche. I think I've had enough shy-girl-with-beautiful-best-friend-discovers-herself stories for a while.
I did like the ending. It surprised me. Overall, a cute little book. It reads quickly and there is a little message wrapped up in it.
Feb 24, Sarah Ahmed rated it liked it. It was a slow read and i didnt really like the way they dealt with things but you can skip a couple pages and go through it Jul 21, Liza Gilbert rated it did not like it Shelves: This is an example of a book that should be thrown across the room with great force. It started out fairly well. Scott's writing flows easily enough and the voice is true to the teen years.
I was able to put up with Sarah's angst throughout the book, because many teens are in that or similar situation s in high school. I could put up with Brianna because of her crappy home life.
She was bound to be damaged beyond all measure. Ryan, however, was despicable because he knew what needed to be don This is an example of a book that should be thrown across the room with great force. Ryan, however, was despicable because he knew what needed to be done and he was too much of a coward to do it. In fact, as a collective group, they were all intelligent enough to see the situation for what it was but too cowardly to act.
While the fear of dealing with such a situation can come from being young, youth also leads to grabbing what you want out of life, which none of these teens did. The book as a whole left me frustrated, angry, cheesed off, and disappointed. That Scott structured the novel in such a way that both girls STILL wanted Ryan after his cowardice forced them to deal with his lack of cajones was one step too far. Yes, the girls were responsible for their own fates and choices, but I would have preferred it if Scott had SHOWN that, and shown that the cowardly male should not have his choice of a mate.
While we may fall for our friends' partners in life, nature has proven that the cowardly lion doesn't get to pick first from among all the lovely ladies of the savanna.
Jun 13, Mitashi rated it really liked it.
This is just the book I needed to remind me why I read YA. I give this book a giant YES!! It's a common trope, girl is in love with boy, but boy is dating girl's best friend. I felt every single thing that Sarah felt. I cried. My robot heart short circuited a little because Sarah was in so much pain-- and I felt that. It helped that Brianna wasn't all that likable.
She overlooks Sarah and Ryan's feelings time and time again because she's so into herself. Her redeeming quality is that she's going through some pretty horrific family stuff, so at times it's understandable that she be self-centered.
My favorite part of this whole book is the reminder that sometimes toxic friendships exist no matter how much you love the person. I had a friendship that I loved the person like a sister, but had to let her go-- and I think about her all the time, but I can't be friends with her and it sucks.
I think that's what is really at the heart of this book, and for that, I'm thankful. I think we all need to read books that touch our hearts, and I'm so happy I found this at a time when I needed it.
So many of Elizabeth Scott's books have been at the right place and the right time for me over the years my fave is: Tropey, but in all the best ways. If you want to read an "I'm in love with my best friend's boyfriend" book, go no further. This book had the trope but did it in the exact right way. Plus, any book that can make me cry these days is pretty special. My Blog: Pink Polka Dot Books Nov 13, The BookWhisperer rated it it was amazing.
First reading the book description I was anticipating a love story of sorts with the best friend falling in love with the her friends boyfriend. What I found in reading this novel was so much more. The main character of Briana is a holy terror; who would even want a friend like this. She is a character that coins the phrase looks better at twenty yards than at five yards. She may appear to be beautiful and wonderful, but upon closer inspection she is rude and conceited beyond your wildest dreams First reading the book description I was anticipating a love story of sorts with the best friend falling in love with the her friends boyfriend.
She may appear to be beautiful and wonderful, but upon closer inspection she is rude and conceited beyond your wildest dreams. Also noting that the only reason that Brianna has a relationship with him is due to her one night of breezing into a room, and taking over his attention that he had been giving to Sarah.
Although, I am fully aware that her past has taught her the life that she is living.The story is simple enough. How to Run a Resort: Perhaps my enjoyment of this was dulled by how short it was, and the lack of greater character development.
Eventually, Ryan and Sarah kiss and get a better understanding of their feelings for one another. Dec 02, Abby Johnson rated it really liked it Shelves: