The Trouble With Destiny by Lauren Morrill
Published by Delacorte Press
Published on December 8, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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 book was pitched as “Pitch Perfect meets The Breakfast Club”. So, with those being two things I insanely adore, I jumped on the chance to read this. Another thing I love? Cruises. So much fun. So much FOOD.
This story follows band leader, or as she would correct, “drum major” Liza Sanders. She knew that her school was cutting funding for band, and signed them up for this competition onboard a cruise ship to win $25,000 to save their band from going bye-bye.
Of course, when you shove a bunch of teenagers who are competing against each other onto a cruise ship, there is bound to be drama. The ex-bestie, the guy from childhood, the desperate desire to be completely in control of every situation, the unexpected love….
This is completely classic, typical, fluffy contemporary romance. It has all the elements. It doesn’t even have the darker backstory that we experience with some contemporaries. Her biggest issues were what guy she likes, a rivalry with an ex best friend, and winning a band competition. I have yet to figure out why so many contemporary MC’s are these girls who desperately need to be in control of everything. I think I am really over that type of girl. Outside of that, Liza seemed pretty average, which can be good or bad, depending on what type of heroine you like.
As for the other characters, her best friends seemed funny, but we didn’t know them super well. Honestly, I would have loved the chance to get to know Russ much better. I feel like we barely saw him, and he had the potential to be such a great character.
There were a few times I laughed out loud, which is always refreshing. But is this Pitch Perfect meets The Breakfast Club? No. Definitely not. Maybe had it been more Pitch Perfect and less Disney channel, made for TV movie, I would have enjoyed it more. I have never been interested in band, and it turns out that carries through to reading about it in books as well. As for the whole Breakfast Club comparison, well the characters in the book don’t have nearly as much depth as John Hughes beloved characters.
None of that means that this book is not enjoyable. I read it in one sitting. It is perfect for contemporary lovers, especially if they are on the younger side. I just personally look for more in my contemporaries. But if light, fluffy contemporary is your thing, then this book should be an easy, fun read for you!
because I had too….. <3