Review: The Unwritten Rule

The Unwritten Rule
The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From the information on the jacket, I should have loved this story because it sounded like something I could have identified with when I was a teenager…liking a guy that your best friend is dating. While I understood that aspect and felt that it was a sort of cute story, I didn’t really like it. It wasn’t horrible, but it definitely wasn’t good.

I could kind of identify with Sarah wanting to stay true to Brianna. She’s been her best friend for years, but I don’t really understand why they’ve been friends. Maybe Brianna was nice when they were little. Maybe Sarah really did feel indebted to her for rescuing her in kindergarten. Whatever the reason, I cannot understand why she would want to stay friends with someone like that or why she didn’t understand just how selfish, inconsiderate, and manipulative Brianna was before the drama over Ryan. I get that you can have blinders up when it comes to friends–I’ve had them up with various friends in my own life. What I don’t get is why her parents didn’t try sooner to get Sarah to see how downright abusive Brianna was. Maybe they were afraid of her rebelling or something, but it seems like their daughter would have had much better self-esteem and more friends to hang around with if they had gotten her to see that Brianna used Sarah as an emotional punching bag. Sarah could see Brianna’s mom’s behavior as being offensive, so it is a little shocking that she couldn’t see her own best friend basically copying that woman’s tirades. And when she went back a few months later and is basically begging to have her best friend back in her life in some way, I wanted to scream at her and throw things.

I felt bad about how Brianna’s parents treated her, but when it came to the relationship between Ryan and Sarah, I felt that Brianna was too whiny and hypocritical over the whole thing. After all, Brianna was cheating, too. And Brianna knew that Sarah liked Ryan. I even have a sneaking suspicion that Sam, Sarah’s date to a dance once, wasn’t completely to blame for the flirting session during the date. Brianna probably had a role in that. She just comes off as the kind of character who has to keep her best friend down in order to feel superior, and will sabotage anything good that happens in her best friend’s life to do that. As the story unfolded, I felt less and less sorry for her until I almost wished that the reveal had been more devastating for her.

I’m glad that this book was so short because I have a feeling that I would have eventually given up on it. I probably would have given this book 2 stars instead of three except that I wanted to give it “props” for having a purple cover. I know that’s probably shallow, but after reading this book, I deserve to be shallow.

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I'm from Huntsville, Alabama. I've got as many college credits as a doctorate candidate, and the GPA of some of them, too. I have a boss by the name of Amy Pond. She's a dachshund. My parents both grew up in Alabama.