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Review: Rule #1: You Can’t Date the Coach’s Daughter by Anna Marie Meyer

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Although an interesting concept, Rule #1: You Can’t Date the Coach’s Daughter felt rushed, overly dramatic and under developed.

The premise of the story is that Destiny “Tiny” Davis’ father is the football coach at her high school and has a very strict rule about her not dating, especially the boys on the football team. One day, Destiny is paired with football player Tyson Blake in class and eventually him and Destiny begin to spend time together.

I went into this book a little unaware of what it was about. I had not read the summary or any reviews for it. I was looking for a cute contemporary YA romance. I had assumed it was going to be about a light forbidden love story. Unfortunately, I got more than I bargained for with this book.

The rule about the football players not being able to date Destiny was reasonable. It was odd that a father was that obsessed with his daughter’s dating life that he would enforce a rule about them not dating his daughter. But I thought it would be more like a playful joke or even a misunderstanding. However, it was not. Destiny’s father was extremely serious about them not dating her. Serious to the point that he would make them run until they puked or even kicking them off the team. That aspect of it all is a little extreme.

There was major pacing issue within this book. There were several instances were it felt rushed and even uncomplete.


I had a few problems with Destiny. There were times she was a little to hypercritical, especially when it came to her father. And she also would react in the most juvenile way. If she would have just stopped and actually listened, the majority of her problems would have been solved.

The characters in this book were extremely underdeveloped and a tad little cliché. There were not depths to them and it was hard to believe any relationship that they had with each. For example, Destiny and Tyson. Their relationship was not believable at all. It relied heavily on insta-love and heart eyes. And the amount of times Tyson pushed Destiny away was ridiculous.

Final Analysis

Rule #1: You Can’t Date the Coach’s Daughter is not a ground breaking YA novel to write home about.

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