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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 Delacorte Press on December 8, 2015
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(Last Updated On: June 11, 2022)
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.
I’ve been absolutely loving contemporaries lately, and I’ve heard such good things about Lauren Morrill’s past books, so I knew that The Trouble With Destiny was going to be a marvelous read.
The story follows a girl named Liza who is going on a cruise ship with a band from her school in order to compete and win a prize of $25,000. The thing is, she’s pretty much in charge of the band and knows one thing that everyone else in the band doesn’t: funding may be cut, so they really need to win, or else the band is over forever.
Liza was a great main character. I loved learning about her, and I really felt for her when I found out that she was keeping all the knowledge about the band possibly being cut to herself. I also felt terrible for her because of Demi, who used to be her best friend. Demi is such a mean person now!
I think that Lenny was my favorite character; he and Liza shared their first kiss when they were twelve at a summer camp, which I found super adorable. Lenny was just so sweet to Liza, which I loved. I shipped the two of them from the very beginning! (Get it? Since they’re on a ship? No?)
After finishing this book, I definitely know that I’m going to have to pick up Lauren’s past novels. In the meantime, I think you should give this book a go!