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Title: The Unwritten Rule

Author: Elizabeth Scott

Release date: March 16, 2010

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genres: Chick Lit

Pages: 210

ISBN: 1416978917

Summary (from Goodreads):

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…

My Summary:

Sarah has had a crush on Ryan for years. He’s easy to talk to, super smart, and totally gets her. Lately it even seems like he’s paying extra attention to her. Everything would be perfect except for two tiny details: 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 to do is hurt her best friend. But when was thrown together with Ryan one night, something happened between them. It’s wonderful… and awful. They kissed. Sarah is torn apart by guilt, but what she feels is nothing short of addiction, and she can’t stop herself for wanting more… Sarah still keeps avoiding him after the kissed but still is thinking of having more of Ryan. Eventually, Ryan can’t keep up with the relationship between him and Brianna and had been dying to break up with her. He really wanted Sarah in the first place. And so they broke up and went on to confessed to Sarah what he was dying to do for a long time. Sarah and Ryan eventually got together and Brianna – not knowing what happened between them – went to Sarah’s house to console but all she spotted was a Sarah and Ryan sleeping together inside Sarah’s room.  She went ballistic and got mad at the both of them saying that Sarah is mean slut, whore, bitch and backstabbing jerk, saying that she isn’t worthy of their friendship and she did nothing all her life but to lie to her. She eventually ended their friendship – which lasted for years – and her relationship with Ryan which is hurting her for real. They didn’t talk for five months but still Sarah wanted Brianna back to her life, being her best friend ever. So she talked to her personally, making her go to Brianna’s house – even if she really didn’t want to go back but she obviously got no choice – but she didn’t successfully talked to her and she ignored her apology but before she has gone home, she told Brianna that she never really intended to do what had happened to them and that she only kept her feelings for Ryan to herself – and vice versa – because she never really wanted to hurt her. Brianna didn’t get the point and wanted to never really have anything to do with Sarah and told her that she never wanted anything to do with a liar like her, so she had shut her door and made her go home to where she belongs, to where Ryan is. And so, they never really stayed friends but Sarah ended up having the love of her life. Ryan.

My Review:

Well, for me, I didn’t really like the ending of this. Of course, who would right? All of us are waiting for a happy ending. Although Ryan and Sarah ended up being together, her friendship with Brianna was never saved. In reality, you wouldn’t really let a boy end you friendship with a friend, especially if this friend is your best friend, right? But if we are talking about Ryan and Sarah’s relationship, I must say that yes, it is sweet and true. Knowing that Sarah might end her relationship with Brianna, she still followed her heart and made sure that she and Ryan will be happy together. She chose to be with him, risking her friendship with the best girl she had have met her entire life. That wasn’t a very easy decision. She felt hurt and unworthy of everything but of course, in the end it’s all worth the risk. In reality, this happens. You fall for your best friend’s boyfriend and choose between them. You only have to have a sharp mind to discuss this with yourself. Think before you act, not act before you think. You must know which weighed more to your heart, if it is your friend or the boyfriend of your friend. Of course, it is not bad to choose the boy, especially if he feels totally the same way as you do. You have the power to think over things but you don’t have the power to extend till when you can think about it. These kinds of decisions are given enough time. Enough time to think what makes you happy and content. All you have to remember is to never be afraid to take risks because sometimes, these circumstances can make your whole life different. If you fail, who cares? You can start all over. J

The Unwritten Rule is:

You don’t like your best friend’s boyfriend. But most importantly, you don’t love him.

(You don’t want what you know you shouldn’t.)