Wednesday, December 9, 2015

ARC Review : The Trouble With Destiny by Lauren Morrill

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Title : The Trouble With Destiny
Author : Lauren Morrill
Genre : YA contemporary
Release Date : December 8th, 2015
Publisher : Delacorte Press


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.

*I received an eARC via Netgalley in exchange of honest review. Thank you Delacorte Press for the book!

Before this, I've already read a book by Lauren Morrill, Meant to Be (you can read my review of it here). Compared to it, I'm glad to say that this book is better than Meant to Be, though there's still some things that bother me.

 To make things more clear, I'll write this review in lists :

1. The Characters
The MC, Liza, is a drum major. Personally, I don't hate her, though I kinda hate easily she is affected by boys. I mean, she kept messing up her band just because she's too busy made an impression in front of her crush. On the other hand, her love interests (it's a love triangle), were great (at least, one of them). I can't say much because I'm afraid I'll spoil something, though.

2. The Plot
The plot wasn't that different from the other contemporary. Basically, Liza and the band enter a competition because they need the money to fund their band. Unfortunately, the Athenas--their rival, whose leader is Liza's ex-bestfriend--enter the competition too. You know, the typical. There's also some mystery in it, though I feel it's kinda unimportant.

3. The Romance
Okay, I have a lot to say about the romance. At first, it was okay. Eventhough it's a love-triangle, I don't have any problem with it. Both guys are great. In fact, the romance is the thing that hooked me up since I'm curious about who she end up with. But, after it's obvious that she's going to end up with guy B, I start to hate it. Morrill does the whole "[Guy A] Oh, I only kiss you and show you my pictures and tell you stories because I'm trying to get the attention of your ex-best friend. Also, the picture of you sleeping with Guy B? I'm the one who spread it" thingy to resolve the romance. She made it like the Guy A is the bad guy all of sudden, and I didn't like it. Not only that, after Guy A tell Liza that, she realize that she actually like Guy B, whom she hate for most of the books. Although Guy B is really sweet and really like her, I personally think he deserve better.

So, in conclusion, this book is perfect if you want to read a funny and light book, but if it's not your type of books, then I suggest you to read something else.


  1. Sounds like a miss. Thanks for this review but I think I better pass.

  2. not a fan of triangles; good to know


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