THE TROUBLE WITH DESTINY by Lauren Morrill
Pub. Date: December 8, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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.
This is a fun read. Not only is it a contemporary, but it takes place on a cruise ship (which if you didn’t know, I love ships). It makes me so happy visualizing the book on a cruise ship, and the writing does a good job at describing it. Liza is a character unlike any other I’ve met in YA; she’s very responsible and prepared and does her job as a drum major so well. This cover is super neat too; I love how it combines people with sort of a stage element. The title is clever because the ship is called Destiny and destiny and I think you get it ;). If a competition-centered cruise with a romance sounds awesome to you, I’d definitely suggest this book.
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About Lauren Morrill:
Lauren Elizabeth Morrill is many things, including, but not limited to, a writer, an educator, a badass roller derby skater, a former band nerd, an aggressive driver, and a die-hard Mac person. She also watches a lot of TV, eats a lot of junk food, and drinks a lot of Coke. It’s a wonder her brain and teeth haven’t rotted out of her head.
Lauren is the author of Meant to Be, Being Sloane Jacobs, The Trouble With Destiny, and the forthcoming My Unscripted Life (October 2016), all from Random House.