I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill
Published by Random House Children's Books on December 8th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance
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"I absolutely loved this book. I never wanted this journey to end!" says Morgan Matson, author of Since You've Been Gone, of this fun and irresistible contemporary YA about high school romance & mischief on the high seas. 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.
“All aboard for hijinks, crushes, and a sweet story of banding together.”—Emery Lord, author of Open Road Summer"I adored this fun and heartfelt book. It's a pleasure cruise from start to finish, with plenty of waves along the way!"--Leila Howland, author of Nantucket Blue
From the Hardcover edition.
I really enjoyed The Trouble with Destiny. It’s fun, awkward, and shows that you don’t have to have control over every little thing.
The control aspect is what Liza, our main character, has trouble with most. She is trying to make sure the band program is saved, and turns into a scary person to her friends because of it. And there is a boy who likes her. She just can’t figure out how to tell him she likes him as well. And don’t forget the ex best friend that has it out for her, and is competing with the dance group. Demi can be pretty scary sometimes with how she makes Liza feel.
I love that this takes place on a cruise ship. Not only because they are traveling, but because no matter the situations you get yourself into, you can’t escape them. They have to be dealt with since there is nowhere to run. And the fact that music is such a big theme in this book. I love music, and my son is in band. I have a feeling he might get up to some shenanigans with his bandmates.
If you want to read something fun, this is definitely the book to pick up.
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