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I received this book for free from Publisher, NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

REVIEW: the trouble with destiny, by lauren morrilThe Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill
on December 8th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Love & Romance, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, NetGalley
Amazon // The Book Depository

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.

note: quotes are from eARC and may differ from the final copy.

this book was like THE SUITE LIFE ON DECK in book form

have you ever watched that disney channel show THE SUIT LIFE ON DECK? with dylan and cole sprouse? well, THE TROUBLE WITH DESTINY was basically that in book form. it was filled with ridiculous things happening that you know probably would never happen in real life, but you can’t help laughing anyway. honestly, i’m not sure how i feel about it. at first it seemed too childish, forced, and scripted, but i grew to like it.

after i learned to embrace the juvenile actions and reactions, this book was really fun! i’ll admit that some parts of the plot were a bit over the top and seemed artificial – the drama seemed unnecessary and dramatic – but it certainly made things more interesting. there were sections that were predictable, but the details were shocking. the beginning was a bit slow, but once i got invested into the story i couldn’t put it down. i’d roll my eyes at the clichés then continue to turn the page even though it was 2 am and i definitely should’ve been asleep. it was a strange relationship.

“…metaphor for my life: a slowly sinking ship.” (ARC)

my biggest complaint is probably the lack of connection i had with our narrator. the side characters were alright, but our MC, liza, was the worst. she’s stable throughout and well-written, but i just didn’t find her likable. yeah, i know not everyone is going to be “likable” but she was so oblivious to everyone and everything! also she was incredibly rude! it was such a shame i couldn’t connect with her because i feel like i would’ve like this book 10x more if i could relate to our MC. she goes through some development, but i felt like it was really rushed at the end and forced. (but that might’ve been because i already had a grudge against her so…) (ohmyGOD she was so annoying i couldn’t even breathe)

overall, it was a really fun story to read. a little predictable and a little childish, but it gotten to the point when it became laughable. in a way, i feel like it made the story more enjoyable! except for when i wanted to stab was rolling my eyes at liza, this book was very entertaining and fun to read. seriously, it was like watching a disney channel movie; although it may not be the BEST in quality, it’s still worth the watch (or in this case, read) and enjoyable. with this type of book, i feel like you’ll really like it or really not like it.

i’d recommend if you like…

  • fun reads!
  • books that are super cliché
  • plots that have a lot of drama going on
Rating Report
Overall: 3.1
December 8, 2015

Alexandra Ling

alexandra is a twenty-year-old content creator and avid reader. when she's not on the internet or hiding behind pages, you can find her training to be a professional ballet dancer or practicing yoga. she currently resides in los angeles, california.