- Publisher: Simon Pulse
- Format: Hardback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 142mm x 211mm x 23mm | 318g
- Publication date: 6 April 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1416978917
- ISBN 13: 9781416978916
- Sales rank: 208,795
Another sweet and funny coming-of-age novel by the author of "bloom; Perfect You; Something, Maybe; "and" Living Dead Girl."
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By Sandy 27 May 2011
Chosen as the April book for my friend's and my two person book club The Unwritten Rule was a simple story. The main character Sara has liked Ryan ever since the eighth grade but Ryan is dating Sara's best friend Brianna and has been for almost two months. However, now it turns out Ryan likes Sara and he liked her before he and Brianna had started dating. Sara of course doesn't know this until one night in Ryan's car when he kisses her. Then of course her heart and mind are torn for the majority of the book. Sara's been put in an awful position, she really likes Ryan but Brianna has been her best friend forever and although Sara liked Ryan first Brianna went after him and got him, besides she didn't know Sara had feelings for Ryan so Sara can't really hate her can she?
The whole story is really nothing but a back and forth inner struggle of Sara constantly telling herself that her feelings for Ryan are wrong versus her feelings for Ryan that she can't get rid of. Her thoughts are repetitive and get pretty rambly at times which make me feel like I'm being taken on a roller-coaster. I also wondered why didn't she have other things to think about or do besides the whole Ryan/Brianna/her situation? Sure the story is about her breaking The Unwritten Rule- You don't like your best friend's boyfriend but I think the story would have benefited from a little more character depth for everyone.
Sara's a nice girl and she has a cool talent that I haven't seen another character have before which is sneaker design. She also has a mom who is obsessed with cook-offs and a dad with rheumatoid arthritis and other than constantly feeling like her best friend's supportive shadow there isn't really much to Sara.
Ryan also isn't much to drool over personality wise. He's an artist which I think is cool and he's nice guy but other than being a pretty laid back person who liked art I couldn't see why both girls wanted him so badly.
And then there is Brianna. Before I read this story I thought or hoped that the best friend would be a good best friend, that it would be harder for Sara to betray her not just because she has the title of being the best friend but because she was the best friend for a reason. But honestly I couldn't really see why Brianna and Sara were so close, Brianna's the main lead to Sara's supportive role, she's gorgeous and all the guys drool over her while settling for Sara when Brianna doesn't want them. That wouldn't be a problem if Brianna didn't treat Sarah like she was below average. She puts her down with constant advice that comes across as insults and Sara just keeps quiet and takes it. I can sympathize with Brianna's behavior because of the way her parents treat her but I can't see why she would treat her best friend in such an awful way.
This is an emotionally based book told completely from Sara's point of view and I read this book in less than two days because I desperately wanted to find out how it would end. Would Sara get with Ryan or would she give him up for her best friend or would she end up with neither? Could she possibly end up with both? Its certainly a good story if you want a dramatic read about friendship and loyalty but I can't see myself liking it enough to reread it in the future.
By shmee burger 11 Jan 2011
You have got to love a girl meet boy romance. Who would not?
The main charater Sarah has a crush on her best friends boyfriend. And,
I have to admit, my best friends boy is quite a hunk too... So, of course,
everybody has these moments sometimes. But, when Sarah gets into a
sticky situation, Her guilt and emotion start building up in the end. And will
Sarahs best friend, Brianna, have a boyfriend in the middle of a love
Scott (the reigning mistress of smart yet classically heart-wrenching romance) expands...a vivid study of character and growth that's deliciously festooned with yearning and possibilities...readers looking for tender stolen moments and the flowering of forbidden love will want to curl up with this one. -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, May 2010