Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill

Book Summary(via Goodreads):

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.

Many thanks to Net Galley and Random House Children's for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

This novel will be published in December of 2015.

This insomniac's opinion: 

I'm gonna take a moment here to admit that I am not the core audience for this novel. I'm likely about twenty years older than the reader that they are targeting. So that will definitely be a factor in this review. 

I found the writing to great, if simple, and the characters were mostly likable, although also a bit simplified. What I really struggled with was that the plot was very thin. It truly could have been wrapped up in a short story. I was rather glad to turn the final page. 

However, I think that pre-teens/early teens would likely enjoy the dynamics between characters. 


2 stars

Worth staying up all not to read?

Not for me. 

Find this novel on Amazon: The Trouble with Destiny

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