Friday, December 07, 2012
The Unwritten Rule, by Elizabeth Scott
On its face, the love triangle ought to be a pretty tired genre, but Scott livens up the story by introducing a mild sense of evil (in the form of Brianna). This is not done simply to make Sarah's betrayal of her BFF acceptable to the reader, but rather to add another dimension to it.
The story is also given legs by the way that Scott breathes real life into her characters. Sarah is often wiser and more articulate than her years, but this gives her a chance to send the reader on a guided tour of the dysfunctions of her peers and their parents (Brianna's mother is a particularly formidible character). So, while the action of the story doesn't surprise, the interactions of the characters do tread new ground -- particularly the complicated relationship between Sarah and Brianna.