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The Trouble with Destiny by [Morrill, Lauren]
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Length: 274 pages Word Wise: Enabled Age Level: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up

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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.”—SLJ

"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."--PW

"Contemporary romance packed with comical implausibilities and the stuff of band-geek daydreams."--Booklist

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About the Author

Lauren Morrill grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was a short-term Girl Scout, a (not so) proud member of the marching band, and a trouble-making editor for the school newspaper. She graduated from Indiana University with a major in history and a minor in rock and roll and lives in Macon, Georgia, with her husband and their dog, Lucy. She is also the author of Meant to Be. When she’s not writing, she spends a lot of hours on the track getting knocked around playing roller derby. Visit her at and follow @laurenemorrill on Twitter.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 2383 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553497979
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (December 8, 2015)
  • Publication Date: December 8, 2015
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed Lauren Morrill’s two previous YA novels. Her writing doesn’t push the envelope, but those books were both fun, quick reads with likeable lead characters. Unfortunately, this book doesn’t quite work, and it left me disappointed.

The story here centers around drum major Liza Sanders, a control freak who has good reason to be freaked out—her beloved band is about to be cut by her high school, and the only way she can save it is by winning the grand prize in a talent show for high school groups. This talent show just happens to take place on a spring break cruise, upping the chances for distraction. The more Liza tries to hold everything and everyone together, though, the more out of control everything gets. It doesn’t help that Liza herself is distracted by her band teacher’s very attractive son and by the very annoying football player sent along to help the band as a punishment by the school. Can Liza win the contest and save the band—and win the boy, too?

On the face of it, the story seems like it should be good escapist fun. But I found Liza to be an annoying character; she’s uptight and at times outright unkind to others, which makes it difficult to connect to her. She learns her lesson by the end of the book, but it wasn’t soon enough to redeem the character for me.

Morrill tends to include a lot of coincidences and improbable occurrences in her books, but in this one she goes a little too far, in my opinion. For example, the action is centered around a talent show on a cruise ship that would presumably be open to groups from across the United States, so how do two groups from her high school wind up on the ship? (Except it was necessary for the plot to include Liza’s ex-best friend in the mix.
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What a sweet story! Morrill's newest novel centers around Liza, a drum major trying to save her band from budget cuts. They've won a spot in a talent competition aboard the cruise ship Destiny. When Liza arrives, she finds out that her longterm crush is also aboard, which sets a particularly funny set of events into motion. Mischief ensues and Liza isn't sure she can actually pull this off, but with some perseverance and some great advice from a fellow ship passenger, Liza may just find a way.

This is a great story about teamwork, friendship, and learning to see what is right in front of you instead of longing for what you don't have. Perfect for teens or adults, this book will have you grinning and laughing while tugging at your heartstrings.
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Format: Hardcover
Grade: B
An e-galley was provided by Random House Delacorte via NetGalley in exchange for review consideration.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: I was so absorbed in reading The Trouble with Destiny that I didn't take many notes. Those 272 pages absolutely flew by in the best way possible. Lauren Morrill excels at writing books with misunderstandings and characters thrown out of their elements. Liza, the protagonist, loves control and organization - and she also really wants her band to win. She's doing everything within her control to make sure they don't lose funding. I appreciated that she was a flawed person; she's over-controlling and obsessive and bossy. But her heart is in the right place, and that's what matters. I wish her friendship with Hilary could've gotten a little more spotlight and I wanted to know just a little bit more of what made Liza and Huck friends.
Romance-wise, I was hesitant at first. I could tell there was going to be a mini love triangle of sorts. At first, I was definitely Team Lenny because Russ definitely seemed to be that annoying typical jock. Thankfully, I was wrong. Lenny's side of the love triangle is built entirely on misunderstandings, and while all of that was happening, Lauren developed Russ's character and I was rooting for him and Liza by the end.
Plot-wise, there are a lot of obstacles standing in the way of the marching band winning the competition. My main concern about the plot is that I never got the sense myself that the band was good - I just got Liza telling me they were. I did like her descriptions of their final program. And while there's a big misunderstanding in about chapter nineteen where I think Liza could've tried to clear it up better, I could see why she couldn't for the sake of the plot.
Mild language, kissing, no violence.

The Verdict: Fun and cute with a few flaws, but I definitely enjoyed it as much as Being Sloane Jacobs.
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Format: Hardcover
I've read both Meant To Be and Being Salone Jacobs by Lauren Morrill, both of which I loved and The Trouble With Destiny will not disappoint any fans of this author. Like her other books, The Trouble With Destiny is a fun fluff book that will make you laugh and cringe simultaneously.

Liza Sanders is a bit of a control freak and her life revolves around her school band. So, when she finds out they're running out of funding she knows she'll do anything to save the band. Enter the spring break cruise where they'll be competing to win the money that could save them. Only, Liza doesn't want anyone else to know why it's so important to win and while she's trying to make sure everyone else stays focused she ends up distracted herself.

I know this doesn't have the best reviews and I can see why. A lot of this books points are cliche, right down to the popular ex-best friend and liking the guy who's a jerk and hating the guy who appears to be a jerk but is actually nice. Even Liza, our mc, she's the girl who over plans everything and is too high strung and yadda yadda yadda. Yes. Those are all downsides and at moments a lot of this book is predictable but I mean, it's not supposed be some big mystery. It's supposed to be fun, make you laugh and maybe swoon a little on the way out. So while it's not the best fluffy contemporary I've ever read and while a good chunk isn't very original it still achieved its ultimate goal of being a fun book to sit down and read real quickly while avoiding real life.

I loved the side characters and the writing. I liked how it was set on a cruise ship though some parts were a little too...convenient, when it came to the ship breaking down. I didn't love the romance... It wasn't bad but I didn't ship it either.
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