Book Review: The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

Rating: StarStarStar

Sarah and Brianna have always been friends, and it’s always gone like this: guys talk to Sarah in order to get closer to Brianna. So even though Sarah met Ryan first, she’s not surprised that he ends up with Brianna (even though Sarah has a massive crush on him).

The three of them hang out, and Sarah and Ryan’s friendship grows until one night an innocent exchange between them leads to a moment that makes Sarah realize that Ryan might be interested in her after all. But if there’s one unwritten rule, it’s this: you don’t mess around with a friend’s boyfriend.

So Sarah tries to resist temptation. But with the three of them thrown together more and more, tension builds between Sarah and Ryan, and when they find themselves alone together at one point, they realize they just can’t fight how they feel anymore….


I know who I want to be with, and it isn’t her.

I liked how the story started out, but halfway through I was getting riled up over Sarah and her constant inner turmoil. It has a good premise, considering the cliche of the plot, but the abrupt ending irked the little patience left in me.

Sarah and Ryan had a (kind of) history. And i really liked this part because it goes to show that Sarah didn’t just like Ryan on-the-spot, when he started going out with Brianna. It further validates Sarah’s feelings as something built on easy conversations, silent touches, and delicate friendship. Ryan is adorable, what with the tension with Sarah while being with Brianna. I wished he had the guts enough to break it off with Brianna earlier when he felt his strong feelings with Sarah. Still, Ryan is a very, very sought-after-worthy guy. Brianna is a best-friend-cum-mean-girl and that makes her dangerous. If it weren’t for Sarah’s mom pointing that out indirectly, I wouldn’t have noticed. But yes, she’s toxic in a subtle kind of way.

Those heart-thumping scenes with Ryan and Sarah are memorable and suspenseful. If it wasn’t for these moments, I would’ve slammed this book outright. Not because the rush it give, but for the conflict it gave to both Ryan and Sarah. Ooh, it is wrong, you bet they know it, but (just like Sarah said) STILL, I WANT.

To date, this by far has the most sucky ending i’ve read in a contemporary setting. I was just left hanging… without tying up all loose ends. Ugh.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

  1. I’m reading this right now. In fact, I just put it down five minutes ago. It has flaws, and I was sort of willing to overlook them, because I love Elizabeth Scott, but your review has me thinking.

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