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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Elizabeth Scott: The Unwritten Rule

I've recently become a fan of Elizabeth Scott's writing, so I'm reading as many of her books as I can. I just finished The Unwritten Rule.

Sarah and Brianna are best friends. They've known each other forever.

Brianna is dating Ryan. Sarah has had a crush on him forever.

But Sarah knows the unwritten rule. Every girl does: "You don't like your best friend's boyfriend."

So Sarah keeps her feelings to herself until something unexpected happens with Ryan. Now she's riddled with guilt. She doesn't want to betray her best friend. She doesn't want to break up Brianna and Ryan. But she doesn't want to miss her chance at love.

Ordinarily, I'm not a fan of stories like this, but Elizabeth Scott created a genuine, likeable character. Sarah's inner dialogue of longing mixed with guilt and loyalty to her friend was authentic.

But this isn't just a story fraught with high school boy-girl drama. There's also an exploration of Brianna's home life, which is mentally abusive and spills into her friendship with Sarah. Despite a close friendship and fun times, it's often hurtful and manipulative.

More than anything, the story is about a girl discovering her independence and deciding to take her own path and find her way.

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