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Monday, September 19, 2011

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

Publication Date: 3/16/2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

Goodreads Summary:
He's looking at me like—well, like he wants to look at me.
Like he likes what hes sees, and he's smiling and his eyes are so blue, even in the faint flow of the porch light they shine, and I nod dumbly, blindly, and then grope for the door handle, telling myself to look away and yet not able to do it. "Sara," he says, softly, almost hesitantly, and my heart slam-bangs, beating hard, and this is what it's like to want someone you can't have. To want someone you shouldn't even be looking at.


Sara and Brianna have been best friends since kindergarten.  Brianna is a beautiful young girl who has a bad habit of putting her best friend down with her comments.  Sara is used to giving Brianna everything she wants and watching Brianna get it all.  One day Sara is talking to a boy and Brianna comes over...she takes him from Sara and starts to date him.  They've been dating for almost two months and Sara can't stop thinking about him.  Sara is obsessed with this boy and can't stop wanting him to be hers.  When they share not one kiss, but two together, how will Sara react?  Will she tell Brianna or will everything stay the same?

Oh the difficulty of friendship.  Haven't you ever like a boy and watched your best friend get him?  Don't you feel jealousy towards her for a bit?  What if that friend always takes the boys you're interested in, now do you feel jealous or angry?  I give credit to Sara for trying so hard to think of her best friend.  It really is the unwritten rule, you don't take your best friend's boyfriend.  You don't flirt with him or keep thinking of him as yours.  

Sara does her best to be the good friend, but the attraction between the two of them is unbearable.  Brianna and him aren't matched well together, but Sara is perfect for him.  Unfortunately, the circumstances aren't in Sara's favor.  Brianna has a lot going on, and throughout this book we begin to see why Brianna treats Sara the way she does.  We see her hardship and feel for her, but whose side will you be on?  Elizabeth Scott writes with a lot of soul and knowledge.  She paints a perfect picture of the struggle in high school best friends often face.  It's tough on both ends, but Scott shows us the particular side of the girl who never seems to get the guy. 

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