Saturday, 13 March 2010
Sarah has had a crush on Ryan for years. He's easy to talk to, supersmart, and totally gets her. Lately it even seems like he's paying extra attention to her. Everything would be perfect except for two things: Ryan is Brianna's boyfriend, and Brianna is Sarah's best friend.
Sarah forces herself to avoid Ryan and tries to convince herself not to like him. She feels so guilty for wanting him, and the last thing she wants is to hurt her best friend. But when she's thrown together with Ryan one night, something happens. It's wonderful...and awful.
Sarah is torn apart by guilt, but what she feels is nothing short of addiction, and she can't stop herself from wanting more.
If you're already an Elizabeth Scott fan, you will just adore this book. If you're not an Elizabeth Scott fan. Wait! Why aren't you an Elizabeth Scott fan? Go and buy one of her books, immediately, and I guarantee you will be.
The Unwritten Rule has, a main character you can relate to and to root for. It has a friendship that seems very real, in both it's good elements and it's toxic ones. It has a toe curling romance. And it has kissing, lots of kissing, which is never a bad thing.
This book is adorable. Underneath the adorableness, there are the themes of what it means to be a good friend, learning to recognizing your own worth, standing up for yourself, and being brave about what you really want. There were many lines that just floored me, in how brilliantly they expressed truths, that we rarely acknowledge. There is a lot of introspection and soul searching from Sarah in this book, but she never tips over into being annoying, and the story moves at a quick pace.
I also wanted to mention Sarah's parents. They aren't in the novel a lot, but when they were I loved them. I loved that they were different. Parents are hard to write, and Elizabeth always nails them perfectly. Whether they are distant and unloving, worried but distracted, or just lovely, as with Sarah's parents. I also liked that Sarah's Dad is old, he was 50 when she was born because parents are getting older, and it was nice to see it reflected in a novel.
And because I love this book so much, I'm giving away a copy.
Edit: Contest Closed. Rose won! Congratulations and thanks so much to all who entered.