ARC Review: The Trouble With Destiny by Lauren Morrill

18982137Edition: eARC
Published by: Delacorte Press, 8th December 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Music, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Rating: 3 stars

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 foundDestiny, 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.


Many thanks to the publisher via Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book to review.

Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone is one of my favourites of 2015 and she praised this book. If it’s good enough for her, then it’s good enough for me. The Trouble With Destiny is Pitch Perfect meets a Midsummer’s Night Dream. I loved Pitch Perfect. It has definitely become one of my favourite films.

The main character is sixteen-year-old Liza, who is a drumming major in the High School Marchers. She finds out about the Destiny luxury cruise ship are holding a talent competition to win $25,000, so she decides to enter her band (I don’t even remember the band’s name) into the contest. What a coincidence! She finds out that her childhood crush Lenny is also on the cruise. Unfortunately for Liza, her arch-nemesis is competitive ex-best friend Demi is also abroad the cruise! Not only that, Demi’s the leader is the Athenas and is competing to win as well. Continue reading “ARC Review: The Trouble With Destiny by Lauren Morrill”

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