Review & Giveaway: The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill

SYNOPSIS:Trouble with Destiny

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.


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This book was a whimsical, playful, slightly overly complicated read. I found Liza to be an extremely relate-able character, she is of a take on the world mindset. I love that in a character but I also hate it because I see so much of that reflected in myself. Try to take away my band, she will win money and save the day, Liza is the hero of her own story. She is a planner and perfectionist, and I think most of us know one these kind of people…or we are one.

Obviously, this story takes place in high school so it is filled with your typical teenage drama. Oh that is my ex-best friend who is now both my arch-nemesis and rival. Oh I have a crush on a boy, of course my ex-best friend does too. There is your typical drama there and what is the start of a love triangle but it is really just a lack of communication among the characters…oh to be in high school again…NOT!

The secondary-characters were phenomenal and I wished we would have got to see more of them and really see them develop as characters. I would have also loved to have more of a background and seen the development of Liza’s parents. Basically, some parts of the story left me wanting more. Maybe remove some teen angst and add some of these awesome secondary characters? While the book wasn’t terribly emotional, it was a nice and relatively quick read.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 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.


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One response to “Review & Giveaway: The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill”

  1. danielle hammelef says:

    Based on your review, I’m thinking this would be a great read for a time when I don’t want to delve too deep into a story, but need to lighten up. Thanks for the honest and detailed comments.