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Review: The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill

the trouble with destiny

Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: December 8, 2015
Formats AvailableHardcover, Kindle


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 to 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 RATING: 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚

I picked The Trouble With Destiny up because of the cover and not much else, and I’m really glad I did. I connected with Liza almost immediately–choir nerds and band geeks have a lot in common, after all, and I was definitely the former in high school. While at times the writing felt amateurish and I think the manuscript could have benefitted from another round of editing, ultimately I loved it. Reading it made me happy, and the ending put a smile on my face!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Lauren Morrill

Lauren Morrill grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was a short-term Girl Scout, a (not so) proud member of the marching band, and a trouble-making editor for the school newspaper. She graduated from Indiana University with a major in history and a minor in rock & roll, and now lives in Macon, Georgia with her husband, their son, and their dog. When she’s not writing, she spends a lot of hours getting knocked around playing roller derby.

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Olivia Ard is the author of women's fiction trilogy The Bennett Series and Readers' Favorite 5-Star recipient 'Tis the Season. She is pursuing a second degree in sociology. She and her husband JD live in Central Alabama, where they await their miracle baby's arrival this November with joyful expectation.

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