The Trouble With Destiny by Lauren MorrillThe Trouble With Destiny by Lauren Morrill

The Trouble With Destiny

byLauren Morrill

Hardcover | December 8, 2015

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"I absolutely loved this book. I never wanted this journey to end!" says Morgan Matson, New York Times bestselling author of The Unexpected Everything, of this fun and irresistible contemporary YA about high school romance & mischief on the high seas.
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.


“All aboard for hijinks, crushes, and a sweet story of banding together.” —Emery Lord, author of Open Road Summer

"I adored this fun and heartfelt book. It's a pleasure cruise from start to finish, with plenty of waves along the way!" --Leila Howland, author of Nantucket Blue

Lauren Morrill is the author of MEANT TO BE, BEING SLOANE JACOBS, THE TROUBLE WITH DESTINY, and MY UNSCRIPTED LIFE. She grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was a short-term Girl Scout, a (not-so) proud member of the marching band, and a troublemaking editor for the school newspaper. She lives in Macon, Georgia, with her family, ...
Title:The Trouble With DestinyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.56 × 5.87 × 0.87 inPublished:December 8, 2015Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0553497979

ISBN - 13:9780553497977


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Morrill's Best... It’s rare that I finish a novel and ask myself what on earth just happened, but that’s what I did upon finishing this. The Trouble with Destiny lacks the charm of Morrill’s Meant to Be and is a severe let-down in terms of plot, character building, and writing style. Let me start off by saying that the opening was good but very long; there is not much action until about a quarter of the way in. That being said, the plot is predictable, and the writing and pace are both flat. There is way too much going on and not enough space devoted to properly developing relationships or the varying storylines in order to make the outcomes believable. For example, there was zero chemistry established between Liza and Russ. Therefore the shift in Liza’s characterization and tone, particularly towards Russ, is so sudden that I was experiencing whiplash. It takes about a paragraph for Liza’s entire personality to change, with no decent reason or warning. Additionally, as someone with seven years of concert band experience, the band setup seemed very unrealistic to me. For example, the sheet music for Pirates of the Caribbean or Star Wars isn’t that difficult for a band with experience and skill (I’ve played both pieces in band at the senior level), so it seems unlikely that they would win a competition using such simple music. With this in mind, it is quizzical to me why someone headed for Juilliard would be wasting their time with a band that plays such lower-calibre pieces. Overall, The Trouble with Destiny is incredibly, incredibly disappointing. Definitely steer clear of this one, but bear in mind that Morrill has done better. I look forward to seeing her next novel and hope it demonstrates the quirky skill that I know she has. #plumreview #laurenmorrill #ya
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Overall this was a silly and fun read about a bunch of high school band geeks competing in a competition on a cruise ship. Being pretty short, also made it a few hour read. But it was really hard to like the MC. I felt like she would have really shrill voice to go along with her bossy personality. The whole romance was way to cheesy and silly. Nothing about the outcome was surprising(bit of a love triangle), but also the "I knew him when we were young so even though I haven't seen him in years I know I love him" crap was exactly that; crap. The difference between being twelve and eighteen brings so many changes, so obviously you're in love with a memory not this person. Ugh. Not my favourite bit, obviously. Still some side characters and the setting helped in making this an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2015-12-08

Editorial Reviews

“[A] romantic adventure for fans of Stephanie Perkins’s Anna and the French Kiss . . . readers looking for a light, romantic adventure will eat up Morrill’s fast-paced plot and fun writing style.”—School Library Journal"Enjoyable . . .  a cotton-candy read." --Kirkus Reviews"An upbeat story about underdogs, saving something worthwhile, mending fences with old friends, and finding love in unexpected places." --Publishers Weekly "Contemporary romance packed with comical implausibilities and the stuff of band-geek daydreams." --Booklist