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“Sarah,” he says, softly, almost hesitantly, and my hati, tengah-tengah slam bangs, beating hard, and this is what it’s like to want someone anda can’t have. To want someone anda shouldn’t even be looking at.
Sarah is in quite the predicament. She’s riding that rollercoaster of first Cinta – the pain, the exhilaration, the ups and downs. Only problem is, she’s doing it solo – unrequited style. She’s been in Cinta with Ryan since the eighth grade, but now he’s dating her emotionally stunted best friend, Brianna, and Sarah is forced to stumble through each day, the pain of seeing them together pulling at her insides with every saat that passes.
Brianna has crappy parents who clearly don’t want her around, and Ryan seems to make Brianna feel like she matters to someone. At least, that’s how it looks to Sarah, which is why Sarah is so hell bent on keeping her feelings completely and totally to herself. How could she take Ryan away from Brianna, when she has so little to start with?
Besides, there’s no way Sarah could compete with the sassy, sexiness that is Brianna – and Brianna makes sure Sarah knows it every single day. Brianna might have crappy parents, but that’s no excuse for the way she treats those around her. Its obvious to the reader that Ryan is nothing lebih than a self-esteem booster for Brianna, and while she might actually Cinta Sarah, she doesn’t know how to tunjuk it. I couldn’t help but wonder if Brianna only kept Sarah around to make herself feel better.
But then, it seems, Ryan sees through Brianna’s dance, and decides to take his affections elsewhere – right into the garden of Sarah! Turns out, Ryan has kind of been in Cinta with Sarah for ages, but got all caught up in the whirlwind that is Brianna and time just got away. But he wont stand for that anymore. He wants Sarah, and nothing – nothing – will stand in his way.
Not even Brianna, when she walks in on Ryan and Sarah lying curled up together in Sarah’s bed.
The Unwritten Rule is interesting exploration through the rules of dating and friendship. Were Ryan and Sarah wrong to pursue each other when Brianna was still so clearly caught in the middle. Did they consider her feelings enough? With the way Brianna was treating the pair of them, should they have considered her feelings at all? When is it okay to break the rules of friendship for matters of the heart? These are all soalan I asked myself repeatedly throughout this story.
Sarah and Ryan are both likable characters, but I found Brianna to be shallow, callous and difficult to read. She’s clearly got some emotional issues, but the way she treats those around her makes my stomach squirm. You’d think, with her utama life being so terrible and all, she’d value the Cinta of her Friends a little more.
The Unwritten Rule is a utama run for Elizabeth Scott. This is a great, contemporary chick lit read!
Publication date: 2010
Teaser Quote: “I wasn’t happy with you? Brianna says. “Almost eight weeks, Ryan. And then anda go and – ” she glares at me. “Is this my anniversary present? anda could have at least picked someone decent. Someone I’d believe anda want and not just who anda used to make yourself feel better.”
Forever Young, Forever in Love: Interview with Mark Z Danielewski On His New Book "Only Revolutions"
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"Only Revolutions" tells the tale of two teenagers whose youth and whose Cinta are the only constants in a world in perpetual flux. This book has garnered a fair share of controversy. Some herald it as genius, others as nonsensical and gimmicky.