Overall: 93/100 or A
Sarah has always had a crush on Ryan. He is easy to talk to, super smart, and he totally gets her. Recently, it seems like he is paying more attention to her. Everything would be perfect, if Ryan wasn't Brianna's boyfriend and Brianna is Sarah's best friend. She tries to avoid Ryan and tries to not to like him. She feels so guilty for wanting him and she would never want to hurt her best friend. One night, when she is thrown together with Ryan one and something happens. It feels wonderful, but awful at the same time. Sarah is torn apart by guilt for betraying her best friend and the fact that she wants more from Ryan.
Elizabeth Scott writes amazing books that both teens and adults can relate to, and The Unwritten Rule is no different. Sarah was an amazing character. She was so selfless with her best friend that she lost experiences and even the boy that she really liked. She was also treated like wasn't good enough by Brianna, which made me sad. It wasn't a healthy friendship and I could really relate to that, because I have had horrible friends and I am very passive like Sarah was. Sarah's nickname was Sarahbear, which made me laugh, because I could already relate to this character so much. Brianna was so manipulative and mean at times. I want to punch her in the face at times. I understand that she had a hard family life, but she didn't need to take it out on someone else. She used Sarah to make herself feel better, which is just so wrong. I found Ryan to be cute and funny at times. The plot unravels in a predictable matter. Scott makes sure that you know how the characters feel, while they deal with misunderstandings that they had about what happened. The plot also moves really quickly and brings an amazing and fantastic read. I found it to be original in the way that Sarah and Brianna's friendship dynamic was portrayed and also how Sarah felt guilty about she did. Scott is an amazing writer that create a world full of depth and realism. Her writing is easy to get into and wonderfully written. I would recommend The Unwritten Rule to fans of Sarah Dessan and Susane Colasanti.