Friday, February 13, 2015

The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill Review

"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."

Another book from Netgalley. Thanks, guys!

Think of the biggest mess (or problem) you ever had. (So right now, I'm thinking of a crazy night when I realized I had a science project due the next day and I finished two months of work in a single night. And yes, I was so tired that I could barely keep my eyes open while writing the very long conclusion. Got a B-, but it is pretty good considering the fact that I could had gotten a F, if I forgot about it). Then times it by two. Times the problem, the troubles, the very, very woes by two. 

And that is The Trouble with Destiny. Seriously. In this two hundred and twenty-something page of messy, messy troubles, Liza gets dumped by all the troubles. And it is crazy. It gets hilarious. It gets wild. And there is so much... insanity in these pages.

The plot goes by really fast. Things just build up on Liza's list of crazy problems. There is boy troubles. The band troubles. Ex-friendship problems. Friendship problems. And just... wow. Nearly every aspect of Liza's life falls apart. And the problems with the ship... might had been caused by Liza. So... Darn, girl. You are just seriously unlucky.

But The Trouble with Destiny is a very light book. Sometimes, every problem doesn't have a solution. And I think that is a very pretty lesson. (Maybe that is a spoiler, but it is a very minor one). Sometimes, things are just out of your control. Sometimes, you just got to close your eyes and take a leap. [Insert "Let it go" gif]. 

Liza is definitely a control freak. She is obsessed with winning and finding the solution to her problems (aren't we all? Aren't we all?). She is a bit thick in the head, but she is really, really stressful. I don't hate her. But I don't like her. She is a neutral part of the book, but sometimes I do have that little feeling of "Let's bang the Main Character's Head on a tuba." So my feelings towards Liza is a bit negative, but mostly because of how dense she is sometimes. 

But overall, The Trouble with Destiny is not a bad book. It is actually good (but not good enough for four stars). There are some parts that need a bit tweaking, and the delivery of some plot points are sketchy, but it does entertain me very much.

Rating: Three out of Five

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