Title: The Trouble with Destiny
Author: Lauren Morrill
Publication Date: December 8, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
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.
3.5 / 5 Stars
The Trouble with Destiny is the story of high school drum major Liza. Liza knows a secret: her school band is in jeopardy. They need to raise some money quickly in order to keep the program going, so Liza signed them up for a Spring Break talent show aboard the Destiny cruise ship.
Liza knows her band has what it takes to win the $25,000 prize, if she can keep them on track. That’s easier said than done when her ex-best friend/rival show choir leader Demi is trying to sabotage the band. It doesn’t help that Demi’s ex-boyfriend, Russ, has been sent along to help out the band. It just means more of Demi’s rath and a dumb jock to keep track of. Add in a crush on her band teacher’s son, Lenny, and Liza has as much on her plate as she can handle.
When everything Liza planned begins spinning out of control, she quickly learns that she is in over her head and not everything is always as it seems.
I’ve read several Young Adult books lately where the main character is the girl who sees herself as the good person who has to control everything and keep everything/one afloat. While they’re the “good” person in the story, they are always kind of unlikable to the reader. They are unlikable because they are usually pretty self-centered. They have the best of intentions but always falls short because their motives are always coming from the wrong place.
Liza was one of those unlikable characters for me. I didn’t like her at all. She was trying so hard to save something she loved for the people she loved, but every decision she made would make me cringe. I wanted to shout at her that boys were nowhere as important as her friends and the band. I wanted to tell her to get over herself. No one’s perfect. This made The Trouble with Destiny frustrating for me to read at times.
The weird thing was that even though I didn’t like Liza, I connected with her character. When you’re young, it’s easy to get caught up in your own thoughts and not realize that everyone sees things differently. My favorite parts of The Trouble with Destiny were actually the parts where Liza messed up badly because it showed her exactly that.
So while I didn’t love Liza, I loved the message of The Trouble with Destiny. It’s a good book with a great message for teens.
**I received a copy of The Trouble with Destiny from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.