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Destined to Fail

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  147 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Jasmine Jones is ready to begin her new life as a college student, and is ecstatic to have best friend Abby by her side. But weeks into their new college life, Abby drops the bomb- she is pregnant, and dropping out of college. Jasmine can't handle the fact that Abby is wasting her opportunity to get an education, and going back to her cheating, abusive boyfriend. She strug ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Marching Ink LLC
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Meredith Schorr
Oct 23, 2011 Meredith Schorr rated it really liked it
I thought this was a very well written debut novel from Samantha March and I think it took guts to tackle such weighty issues! I typically like to read light, fun books and was afraid this book would be a bit depressing. Although the book did cover seem depressing topics and the main character, JJ, and her friends all dealt with significant hardship in their lives, the story itself was not depressing at all. In fact, it was very uplifting and the ending left me pretty choked up! Additionally, th ...more
Jan 01, 2012 Courtney rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved reading this! Samantha March had me interested the whole time. This book tackled so many issues that people face but are too ashamed to talk about. Jasmine is afraid at first to tell her new college roommates about her past but when it will help someone else she faces her fears and shares. Samantha did a good job of not just brushing over these tough topics but also going into enough detail to make the story believable. The ending took me by surprise! I had no idea how she was ...more
Feb 07, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
Destined to Fail was a book that I could not put down. It dealt with Jasmine and her friends and the ups and downs that they faced their first year of college. I loved that Jasmine helped her friends deal with their issues as well as her own. I loved that Nate helped supoort Jasmine. The end of the book was perfect in every way.
Jackie Pilossoph
Dec 23, 2011 Jackie Pilossoph rated it really liked it
I have to believe there were thousands of readers, (just like me,) who were and are curious to pick up Samantha March’s debut novel, Destined to Fail. Why? Samantha has spent years reading and reviewing other people’s work. She’s the founder of Chick Lit Plus, a website that reviews books and other products, a site that has a huge following and just keeps continuing to grow. So, I think we all want to see what “the reviewer” is capable of.

I met Samantha (actually have never met her, but starting
S.E. Babin
Feb 27, 2012 S.E. Babin rated it really liked it
This was a strong debut and is likely a foreshadowing of better things to come from Samantha March. As with most debut books, there were a few problems. For me, I thought this book could use a heavier hand with editing. Several areas in the book had typos. I thought the plot was a little heavy on emotional conflict (normally nothing wrong with that), but the conflict involved several supporting characters who were all caught up in their drama. Most of the characters in this book are struggling w ...more
Judah Davis
Jan 20, 2012 Judah Davis rated it it was amazing
There are several things that I really liked about this book. First of all, just taking on the first-person point of view is admirable. I know that this is not an easy perspective to write from because it limits an author's flexibility and insight into the emotions of the other characters, but it adds a personable quality to the writing that is endearing. I feel as if I know the character on a first-name basis.

The main character, Jasmine, was very believable for me because I've had friends in th
Autumn Review
Feb 21, 2012 Autumn Review rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, review
Jasmine Jones is headed off to college and will be rooming with her best friend. She also has a great new boyfriend at home. Life is good. Then it isn’t. Jasmine’s best friend finds out she’s pregnant and decides to move home to be with her abusive boyfriend. JJ is left feeling angry and frustrated by her friend’s decision. In the meantime, she’s made some good friends and fortunately has a place to stay with them. As the girls get to know each other better, they all reveal their own sec
Ashley Byland
Oct 24, 2011 Ashley Byland rated it it was amazing
I was introduced to Samantha March through an author friend of mine, Sarah Bella. I have worked a lot with Sarah, with making banners, wallpapers and book covers for her. So she gave Samantha my info and we hooked up and I created the cover for her up and coming novel, Destined to fail. Samantha was so kind to send me a signed copy for working with her on her book cover. I can now understand how authors must feel when they get their books in their hands because seeing a book cover that I helped ...more
Feb 27, 2012 Alexa rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Originally reviewed on Alexa Loves Books

Reading the synopsis, I was aware that this story was bound to be an emotional sucker punch. What I didn't realize was how much of an impact it would have on me, though my experience in life is vastly different from that of Jasmine Jones. Destined to Fail managed to leave me feeling positive, inspired and strong.

The Character

Jasmine Jones is a young woman who has been through so much in her nineteen years. When faced with all of the stuff she has to handle
Oct 27, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
"The blood was too much for me to handle. I couldn’t stomach the rusty smell. I couldn’t figure out what was happening to me. Why was this happening to me?"

Samantha March's debut novel packs quite the punch, beginning right there in the first line. And it is with that first line that I was immediately intrigued. Jasmine Jones thought she was going to be getting her life back in order when she left for college. Even with leaving family and boyfriend, Nate, behind, she would have her best friend,
Oct 22, 2011 Kaley rated it really liked it
Put quite simply, I loved Destined to Fail. I read it in one afternoon because I could not put it down. Jasmine's story grabbed hold of me and would not let go even after I finished reading the book. A sign of a good book is when you continue to think about it once you've stopped reading and that was the case for me with this novel. Everyone's stories were wrapped up nicely (without it being too "picture perfect") at the end of the novel but I still found myself thinking about how the characters ...more
Jenn (Booksessed)
Nov 02, 2011 Jenn (Booksessed) rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel and I had no idea what it was going to be about; I was hooked as soon as I read the prologue. I knew that the book was going to be something that I was going to be invested in emotionally and enjoy reading.

For part of the novel, I couldn’t figure out why JJ was so hung up on appearance and clothing, but was very impression later in the novel when you find out that her supposed materialism is a defense mechanism. That idea was brilliant and what it’s
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
Life is not a fairy tale and bad things happen to good people. Destined to Fail is a coming of age story where happy endings are not everyone's destiny. March forces us to confront a world of trauma and tragedy which is uncomfortable and unsettling. Lighthearted books are fun to read, however March forces us to address and contemplate what a life of tragedy would feel like. Destined to Fail has depth and a strong message. Life's obstacles can be overcome, but it will take hard work and a persona ...more
Step Into Fiction
May 01, 2012 Step Into Fiction rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ashley
Chick Lit isn’t one of my normal genres that I read, but I liked the synopsis of this book, so I was looking forward to checking it out. I did have someone tell me they didn’t think it was believable for all this bad stuff to happen to one person, but I know first-hand that it can and does. One thing that I loved that Samantha did in this book is she made the character very realistic and it feels like you are reading a story about someone close to you.

Review originally posted at Step Into Fictio
Dec 24, 2011 Jill rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Adolescent girls and their moms.
If I was a high school English teacher this book would be on my classroom reading list. What a great book for girls to learn the trappings of abusive relationships, how to protect their self-worth and how to keep going and even thrive when things never seem to go your way. Great debut Ms. March!
Denise Grover Swank
Nov 04, 2011 Denise Grover Swank rated it really liked it
Very touching story. Full review to come.
Lindsay (Turning the Pages)
What an amazing story of a strong woman. I can see this book changing lives of women who have been through struggles in their lives.

Very powerful!
Tara  Niland
Nov 13, 2011 Tara Niland rated it really liked it
Great read really enjoyed this boook x
Mar 28, 2012 K. rated it it was amazing
Amazed. Author had the courage to write about abuse that is hidden away and seldom discussed. What I especially enjoyed was the passion behind the words.
Sara Palacios
Nov 16, 2011 Sara Palacios rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book! Honest and heartfelt, Samantha covers some very serious issues but does so with grace and courage. An absolute life changer!
Mar 26, 2012 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-in-2012
What a motivating novel. a great novel for any girl to read. truly hits home and gives a positive message, you can succeed and come out of a bad situation if you just believe in your own strength.
Lydia Laceby
Jul 17, 2012 Lydia Laceby rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

Destined to Fail grabbed me to the point where I couldn't stop thinking about the main character and her plight. I don't normally read YA, but made an exception in this case as Samantha and I had exchanged some writing a little over a year ago and I was eager to read and review her work and see how Jasmine's story developed. And this is an honest review - I do have some (hopefully helpful) comments below, but overall I really enjoyed this novel!

Destined to Fai
Josie Ann
May 25, 2012 Josie Ann rated it it was amazing
I'm so happy that I was finally able to read this book; I've been wanting this book since before Christmas, bought it in February, and I finally got the chance to read it. The prologue of this novel immediately draws you in because of its intensity; the action literally begins as soon as you read the prologue. Jasmine Jones is 19-years-old, getting ready to leave for college, and has been dealt a really bad hand in life. When Jasmine attends a college that is four hours away from home, she leave ...more
Lisa (Lost in Lit)
Nov 16, 2011 Lisa (Lost in Lit) rated it it was amazing

* This review was originally posted on Lost in Literature*

I've been dying to read this book for quite some time now... and with the release of her second book, The Green Ticket, just a couple weeks ago, I felt now was the perfect time to read it. I "met" Samantha (not personally, but online) through her blog, Chick Lit Plus, where she posts reviews on chick lit books, celebrity gossip, and fashion advice. I really love her blog and I love working with her on her sister venture, CLP Blog Tours. S
Oct 02, 2012 Jencey/ rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
The first novel by Ms. March is a hit! It has a wonderful quality of personality and character. Thank you Samantha for the opportunity to share this novel.


Jasmine Jones is excited to leave for college with her best friend Abby. She is more than ready to leave the town of Julien where she has lived and gone to school. The women have been accepted to a college in Des Moines Iowa. Will college turn out to be everything that Jasmine has dreamed of? Or will her plans have to change? Jasmine
Minty McBunny
Jul 05, 2013 Minty McBunny rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014, november-2014
This book. Was. Horrible.

All I can figure is that all these glowing reviews are from followers of the author's blog, her friends and family. Otherwise, I am stumped.

The writing is terrible, and I can only assume there was no editor. "Are your parent's home?" she asks...she buys her boyfriend some new polo's. She says another character is always "dressed impeccable" not impeccably. She drugs her suitcase up the stairs, she describes her own eyes as "green jewels, shaped like almonds"....and all
Kim Justice
Jun 08, 2012 Kim Justice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adult and Older
Shelves: reviewed
This was one of the first young adult books that I had read the beginning of last year. Yeah I know why so long to do the review? First, I never was able to get completely caught up but second this one some how did not get onto my review coming soon list. So, I apologize not only to all of you out there that follow and to most especially the author Samantha March.

I did some what enjoy reading the book. It touches on a lot of hard, tuff and some would say controversial. But in this day and time,
Klaudyna Z.
This book was pretty good, although I thought it was a bit cheesy at times.

I also had to keep reminding myself that this girl was a teenager who had been through a lot, but I was kind of appalled at how she reacted to her best friend's pregnancy. It also didn't sit with me well when she kept pushing her friends to "Do the right thing" and tell someone about their past and present abuse. You can't push people into doing that. They have to be ready to do that themselves, otherwise they will just
Erica Bernal
May 04, 2012 Erica Bernal rated it liked it
this book could definitely be w lifetime movie I could have done without the numerous descriptions of clothing and girlyness but the message was good overall I just find it too unrelatsble but i am way past those years. it is a good read for teenagers. I especially liked the fact that the main character was such a strong.girl but I feel that her issue could have been explored further she seemed more concerned w her friends issues and her issue was always on the backburner personally if I was pre ...more
Oct 08, 2012 Janice rated it liked it
good read. probably better suited for college age. but was a free book and very well written. enjoyed it.

Dealt with abuse which I never dealt with. but.. today there is so much of it going on. would highly recommend for a pre- college-college student.

hate to be negative but lots of typos. Isn't that the editors job?

would recommend this book to high school librarians when they see a troubled teen.
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Samantha March fell in love with books at a young age. Thanks to her mother and grandmother, both avid readers, Samantha followed in their footsteps. Field trips to the library highlighted her week, and she went on to do volunteer work at her local library while in middle school. Her early works closely resembled characters from The Baby-Sitters Club and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen movies. In high ...more
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