The Trouble With Destiny by Lauren Morrill
Release Date: December 8, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey...
With her trusty baton and six insanely organized clipboards, drum major Liza Sanders is about to take Destiny by storm—the boat, that is. When Liza discovered that her beloved band was losing funding, she found Destiny, a luxury cruise ship complete with pools, midnight chocolate buffets, and a $25,000 spring break talent show prize.
Liza can’t imagine senior year without the band, and nothing will distract her from achieving victory. She’s therefore not interested when her old camp crush, Lenny, shows up on board, looking shockingly hipster-hot. And she’s especially not interested in Russ, the probably-as-dumb-as-he-is-cute prankster jock whose ex, Demi, happens be Liza’s ex–best friend and leader of the Athenas, a show choir that’s the band’s greatest competition.
But it’s not going to be smooth sailing. After the Destiny breaks down, all of Liza’s best-laid plans start to go awry. Liza likes to think of herself as an expert at almost everything, but when it comes to love, she’s about to find herself lost at sea.
My Thoughts: What a cute fun read! As I started The Trouble With Destiny, I thought it felt kind of young compared to Morrill’s previous books. But honestly, once I got absorbed into it, it really didn’t anymore. It was just a fun light read, with some deeper meanings thrown throughout the novel!
We are introduced to Liza who is in charge of the band. They are all on a cruise ship entered in a contest. A contest they must win. Except she’s the only one who knows they must win. She doesn’t want the stress added onto all the band member’s shoulders. She was brave, fierce, and a great leader.
Liza also meets a boy named Lenny. Actually she already knows him but she gets to know him again. She has a huge crush on him and hopes the feeling is mutual. I could tell from the get go, there was more to Lenny than meets the eye, and I always liked the other guy. A football player named Russ. I don’t know. I just liked him. He seems kind of dense at first but once we got to know him, we realize there is sooooo much more to him. He’s a good sweet guy.
I loved watching all Liza’s schemes. Her way of doing things. Her way of handling Lenny and Russ. Her way of handling her friends and the competition. This one was full of a lot of drama. But I loved every minute of it!
I don’t want to say too much but it was a quick fun little read. Perfect read for the beach. But don't be surprised if you find yourself starting to fall for one of the guys!
Overall: I just love Lauren Morrill’s books. I always know when she has a new one out, I must read it! These are such perfect cute little books! They are fun yet always have important lessons in the end. I just loved Russ!!!!!
Cover: I love it! Love the little stars and moon hanging. Love how they are holding each other. So cute!
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