Published by Delacorte on December 8th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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 a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Having read one of Morrill’s previous books, Being Sloan Jacobs, which I thoroughly enjoyed, I was excited to have the opportunity to read an early copy of her latest upcoming book, The Trouble with Destiny. And with it taking place on a cruise ship, I felt that reading it during my summer vacation would be the perfect time.
I wish I could say I enjoyed this one just as much, if not more, than her previous book. Unfortunately, this one didn’t have that “wow” factor for me. That’s not to say I didn’t like it, I just didn’t find myself upset to finish it or left curious for more from these characters. I struggled to like the main character and sometimes even found myself frustrated with her for her behavior and overall attitude throughout the book. In fact, the secondary characters were more enjoyable to me and brought more spunk to the story…in my opinion.
I did, however, like the premise of the story. A high school band on a cruise to win a competition and save their band program at school. It was a fun premise and something that intrigued me. After all, a group of high schoolers on a cruise ship for a week could certainly mean a lot of mischief and adventure.
As for the romantic aspect of the story, it felt somewhat predictable to me and also very light hearted. While I am glad it didn’t overwhelm the story itself, it still felt feather light and nothing to swoon over. Having said that, if you’re a fan of contemporary reads with a light romance, this book may be on you want to try out.
Even though this Morrill book wasn’t my favorite, I definitely won’t hold it against her. I still enjoy her writing style and her unique take on contemporary young adult novels. In fact, I am looking forward to what she has in store for her readers moving forward.