Title: The Trouble With Destiny
Author: Lauren Morrill
Publication Date: December 8, 2015
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 received this book for free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks to the publisher and The Irish Banana Review.
Liza will do anything to save the band she so desperately loves. That includes taking a cruise that allows bands and choirs to compete and even the chance to win $25,000. If the band wins the competition, they will have the funding they need to continue the band. With the pressure of the competition on her shoulders, Liza can’t function properly and is failing to lead the band like she should. On top of everything, there are two boys that are sending mixed and very confusing signals.
I’ll admit it, I was not the biggest fan of Liza in the beginning. She would try too hard, became frustrated easily, and pushed the band to be “perfect.” With stress of winning the competition, Liza quickly loses sight over the fact that she should be enjoying her time on a cruise with her best friends.
Although it took most of the book for Liza to realize the error of her ways and her thinking, her development was wonderful. Not only does Liza realize that she should have been open and honest with her friends and the band, she realizes that she should have been open and honest with herself. The Trouble With Destiny has some of the best character development I have read to date.
Oh my, oh my. I was not sure what I was going to expect going into this book. For the most part I have read some positive reviews, but I did not expect this book to be such a lovely read. The Trouble With Destiny is a lovely contemporary with a very unique setting. I flew through this book and was not bored for a second. I will definitely be reading more books by Morrill very soon!
4 out of 5 stars
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