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Rules of Engagement

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  710 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
Paperback; laugh-out-loud funny, exciting and romantic
Paperback, 266 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Covenant Communications
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Sep 03, 2007 HRH rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: very few people
My brain may have been slightly entertained and turned to mush as I read this book.
It's the story of a 25 year-old BYU student, Samantha, who doesn't know what she is doing in life or love. Of course, chaos ensues and she finds this great guy and things end well.
My complaints -- First, it would be embarrassing for anyone to flirt as much as the people in this book do. Second, BYU is not like this at all. I read another review of the book and some little graduating high schooler said that after
Nov 07, 2012 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love this book. Every page made me giggle because it was totally relatable. Some of the characters were over the top, but that's what I loved about them. I had roommates like them!

While sitting on the kitchen table, standing on chairs, and late at night all piled into bedrooms, I read several parts of this book out loud to my college roommates. We ALL laughed.

This book is meant to be a romantic comedy and it is just that, there's not really any seriousness to speak of, so if you're
Jan 25, 2010 Kent rated it did not like it
I have a rule when I read books. If I can't get into it by 100 pages, I will give up and move on. I figure there are plenty of interesting and imaginative books out there and I don't need to be wasting my time anymore. I rarely give up on a book. But this book met my rule.

After 100 pages I was inundated by a number of ridiculous conversations and premises. I overlooked the fact it was set at BYU but it was just too much for me. Time to move on to something interesting.
Feb 16, 2015 Jennie rated it really liked it
I recently reread this book for the first time as an adult, and while I still enjoyed reading it, it was more of an enjoyment of the familiar rather than an enjoyment of a great, literary masterpiece. I think what this book lacks mostly is a good editor. The writing style is very stream-of-consciousness and jumps around awkwardly at points. There were several adjectives and phrases that were used more often than was probably necessary-- there's only so many times a character can "toss her blonde ...more
Kyle Wright
Apr 09, 2009 Kyle Wright rated it liked it
While occasionally funny, the characters felt more like caricatures and less like real people. Everyone in this story is beautiful and apparently unemployed (as nobody ever has to go to a job). The only person who isn't ridiculously attractive is the creepy stalker guy and his creepy stalker girl. Where are all the normal people? You know, the kind that aren't models and have jobs? My other complaint is that the book is pretty predictable. I knew about a third of the way in how (and with who) Sa ...more
Jul 14, 2008 Alicia rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
I HATED this book. From page 2, I was irritated with the flat characters, predictable plot, cheesy dialogue, and immaturity. How on earth is this girl 25? I've been at BYU, I dated a lot at BYU. It wasn't like that--or maybe I just had more classy friends. The humor disappeared after the first few lines because the author is incapable of finding the line between funny and outlandishly overdone. Each character is based on such extreme stereotypes of BYU students, that they're hardly recognizable. ...more
Jul 14, 2008 Danielle rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
Okay, I was pretty much annoyed the entire time I was reading this book. It was pretty obvious the main character was just the author with a different hair color (seriously? Why all the discussion about her blonde hair? Once is enough). Anyway, she just came across as, "Hey! I'm lovably neurotic! Don't you love me?!" Short answer? No. You're obnoxious.
Also, I know it's LDS chick-lit and all, so we're expecting it's going to be all about getting married, but it really bugged me that every single
Apr 07, 2016 Tausha rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book...and it drove me crazy at the same time. There were way to many things that seemed to come straight out of my journal from my experience at college! They seriously made me laugh out loud and have some major flashbacks! At the same time I hope I wasn't as immature as some of these characters (I'm sure I was which is really embarrassing). The author did a great job at capturing the apartment wars and games played, but I also came away feeling like it went overboard at making f ...more
Dec 08, 2010 Brooke rated it it was ok
So, this book was cute. The love story was okay. The main character was annoying, but likable. The plot was bland.
I like a love story as much as the next girl. but an entire book devoted to a desperate girl going after and then losing guy after guy... it got old.
This book is set in a BYU girls' apartment. Brought back god memories, so that was fun.
It is a fun read, though longer than it probably needed to be. It does promise at the beginning that there's not much of a plot.. so that's good.
It is
Mar 01, 2009 Jessie rated it did not like it
Shelves: loveydovey
You will be suprised to see that I actually did read this entire book but only gave it one star. I am not saying that others will not like this book, I have a few friends that I know would love it. However, it just wasn't up my alley. I had absolutly no connection with the main character at all. I also found it very slow. Sometimes there were three chapters that all took place in one day. The whole book is over only a month. The comparision of dating to being on a mission was very clever, but it ...more
Jun 17, 2009 Libby rated it liked it
Shelves: other-novels
This was just fun. I liked it, but that doesn't mean I would recommend it to anybody. It's basically the life of a girl at BYU and theories about how to snag the perfect man. Entertaining for sure. I think it's very funny for a Mormon, but probably if you weren't Mormon, you wouldn't get a lot of the jokes. It would still be very revealing though- you would learn a lot about Mormon life at the Y. I think it's pretty accurate (from my impressions, of course. I honestly don't have first hand exper ...more
Jun 15, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
This is a must read that causes laughter at every page. Bringing to mind college experiences of BYU back to the forefront of ones mind. Steph is 25 and still unmarried. She just broke up with Marcus because he was being a "jerk" and gave her the "I still want to be friends line." She flirts with everyone and seems desperate for a husband or so says Harrison and he has the instructions to trap any man that herself and her roommates may want. Let the hunting begin.
Jan 02, 2009 Courtney rated it liked it
A light romantic comedy which would only be fully appreciated by those in the Provo/LDS community. It seemed to have fairly low quality writing in the first couple chapters, but I was glad I stuck with it in the end, because the character development proved loveable. Additionally, some of the dialogue was scarily accurate. (I have heard the characters and happenings are all based on real associations of the author?)
Aug 21, 2009 Kristyn rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish-it
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Oct 20, 2009 Jamie rated it really liked it
This book I think can only be fully appreciated by those who have gone to BYU (or BYU-I) and experienced the whole dating atmosphere that exists there. The reason why it is so funny is because it's true. It really does give a good insight into how the dating world at BYU works. The writing itself isn't that spectacular. It is similar to dessert. Yummy, but not that substantial. But the content is true at least to my life, and I love it.
Mar 15, 2016 Mallory rated it it was ok
This book was SO CHEESY! I like cheesy rom-coms, but this was to the point of being ridiculous. It is about a BYU singles ward who uses mission stats (BRT, OYM, etc) to try and find their "eternal companion. One chapter they talked almost entirely in acronyms. But I kept listening to it (book on cd), but that might have been because I needed something to entertain me while I was sitting in traffic.
Aug 15, 2008 Thais rated it did not like it
I only finished this book because I can't stand to stop reading a book half way through it. It took me 3 days to get through the last 2 chapters that are about 10 pages long! I thought it was terrible. Unless you've been a single BYU co-ed that can never get any dates you won't like this book. The story line was just so boring, and made no sense, the characters weren't well developed. It was like reading a poorly written journal from a BYU student whose only desire is to get married.
Feb 21, 2010 Andrea rated it really liked it
This was surprisingly enjoyable. It's about a BYU old maid (25 and single at BYU is old you know), and her dating situation. It was just laughable, and parts sounded familiar (liking a guy until they started liking you back and then running away). The main character's strange word choice got to me a bit, but overall it was a fun story and a fast read.
Feb 26, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: lds-romance
This book was hilariously BYU. It could have been set in my apartment complex, what am I saying, it could have been set in my apartment! From quote walls, to the Manavu chapel, to walking down the hill from campus it nailed college life. Four stars out of five because I was slightly disappointed with the ending. Now I'm just wondering if the author was someone in my stake....
May 08, 2008 Marci rated it liked it
Shelves: lds, romance
New Review Jan. 11, 2013 - I re-read this book this week and I think I would give it 3 stars instead of my initial 5. I guess taste changes over time yeah? But it was witty and I liked the main character. A lot of parts reminded me of the dating games during college and in my student ward. It's just sort of a cheesy LDS romance novel. :)
Sep 05, 2008 Anita rated it liked it
"It isn't just about fun, it's about marriage!" A quote from the book! This is a fun read that really makes me glad I'm out of the mind numbing dating game, and especially glad I didn't go to BYU.
Harrison Bean teaches the chicks of 6C the rules of finding and capturing a man. Unfortunately for Samantha an old flame is trying to sabotage all of her efforts.
Feb 15, 2009 Linnae rated it liked it
Recommends it for: all my old roommates
Shelves: lds-fiction, romance
Hoo boy. This one brought it all back: life focused on boys, studies, and church; roommates at the Y, the quote wall, ward prayer, the testing center, and all the rest. Plus all the crazy things we did for fun. I'm surprised one of us didn't invent "kick the hook." Any of my roomies remember "window tricks?" Fast read; good for a chuckle and a sigh for days gone by.
Hollie Robb
Apr 30, 2008 Hollie Robb rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
This is for both of this book and meet your match. All I could say is this author stuck in high school? Come on grow up already, how old is she. Her books based on college people. I could understand if it was about high school kids. I mean they have love triangles all over the place, and high school kids act the same way as she wrote in her books. Dull boring and not worth the time.
Oct 19, 2010 Prudence rated it really liked it
I loved this book even it it wasn't very deep. It was filled with lots of humor and funny episodes of life as a BYU colledge student looking for that perfect eternal companion. I would especially reccomend it for you seekers out their who haven't yet found Mr./Mrs. right. It's just the antidote to all that stress so you can relax and laugh out loud for a while.
Sep 26, 2009 Samantha rated it it was ok
This book completely plays off of Mormon stereotypes and it kind of irritated me because there are so many not-true stereotypes. For example, she was entirely self-conscious because a Coke can rolled out of her car. Whatever. At the same time, it's based at BYU and I could totally relate to some of the typical happenings that occur only at BYU.
Jan 13, 2010 Audrey rated it really liked it
I read this while an old roommate (from my days in Provo) was visiting. We ended up reading it out load to each other cause we were laughing so hard at it. It was so funny because parts are so true. We all know people like the characters in this book which makes them easy to related to. It was a fun book that brought back, and created, fun memories.
Jan 18, 2016 Nissanmama rated it liked it
Cute. Fluffy. Only truly funny (and slightly painful) to those who have been a single student at BYU in need of a date for Saturday night. It would have been a four-star read, but the ending is lacking an obvious kiss.
Feb 24, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
I would call this a funny, light hearted romantic comedy. Some of the stories and situations made me laugh out loud! Maybe because I could relate and it made me remember some of the roommates I had at BYU. It definitely brought back some fun memories!
Mar 04, 2008 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
If you have ever been in the LDS singles scene, especially in Provo, you will laugh out loud at this book. So, so realistic and the characters are so fun. You may recognize some of these characters . . .
Kelsie Barnes
Nov 11, 2012 Kelsie Barnes rated it it was ok
It was infuriating, weird, and interesting all in one. I wasn't sure how I felt throughout the whole thing, but I did connect with the main character. But it was a little hard to get through because of the infuriating factor.
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