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The Trouble With Destiny
Source: Netgalley, e-ARC
*I was provided with this ARC by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.*
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.
Overall, this book is cute. It definitely wasn’t the worst realistic YA I’ve ever read, I just think it seemed a little young. Even with the mention of drinking and drugs, I had a hard time picturing Liza as a 17 year old. She came off more like a middle schooler.
Like I said, this book was cute and I would have enjoyed it a hell of a lot more if there hadn’t been so much drama. Not just between people, but just in general. Everything was too dramatic. Maybe it was Liza’s character, who was very neurotic. It was almost painful being in her head. I am a pretty anxious person and she was driving me nuts with her constant worrying. And the worst part is she did it too herself. If she had just been honest with the band then she wouldn’t have had to carry the weight all by herself.
The romance aspect was ok. It was some sort of love square thing between Liza, Demi, Russ and Lenny. It was totally predictable, which of course I don’t always have a problem with, but it was just annoying to watch all the drama unfold when I know how it is going to end.
And this is just totally a side track because it’s not that I really think band kids are nerds. I actually don’t think anything about them because I’m almost 26 years old but when I was in high school I don’t think I thought about them at all either. But I feel like Morrill was trying really, really hard to disprove the stereotype that band kids are nerds. Band kids are cool. They drink. They get high. They have tattoos. THEY ARE JUST LIKE US. It went a tad far.
Ok, back to the review. The secondary characters besides Demi and Huck were pretty flat. Even both the male counterparts of the love square were somewhat bland. Huck might have been my favorite part of the book.
It probably seems like I hated the book, but I didn’t. It was a fast, easy read. It wasn’t the most fun I’ve had while reading a book, but it was certainly better then the last ARC I read. I’m not quite sure if I would recommend this because I know there is better quality easy reads out there, but I wouldn’t discourage anyone from reading it.
I’ve never read anything by Lauren Morrill, but both Meant To Be and Being Sloane Jacobs are on my TBR list. While I don’t think this book was for me, I am still totally going to check out her other work.