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Destiny, Rewritten

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Eleven-year-old Emily Elizabeth Davis has been told for her entire life that her destiny is to become a poet, just like her famous namesake, Emily Dickinson. But Emily doesn't even really like poetry, and she has a secret career ambition that she suspects her English-professor mother will frown on. Then, just after discovering that it contains an important family secret, s ...more
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
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I knew I loved this book by page 8, where Emily and her best friend Wavey have a hilarious conversation about Princess Leia "waiting around to be rescued by Luke and Han Solo, and all she can do is wait because she's a girl" in response to their teacher asking a couple of boys to carry some boxes and asking the girls to pour water into a beaker. The conversations between these two characters are some of my favorite parts of the book--the way one of them starts, and the other builds on what the f ...more
Barb Middleton
Historically, the romance novel has had a bad rap. I've seen a few English teachers use the genre for target practice; a bullseye of their derision. My mom used to hide her Danielle Steele book behind a handmade quilted cloth cover sheepishly showing me the cover when I'd ask what book she was reading. Her eyebrows arched in surprise when I said that this billion dollar industry is the most popular genre in modern literature. When I worked at a public library the book with the highest circulatio ...more
Emily has been growing up under some major expectations--her mother, a poet, has decided that it is Emily is going to be a great poet (she came upon this when a first edition of Emily Dickinson poetry turned up in her hands on the day her daughter was born--which is also how Emily got her name). However, Emily really doesn't like poetry. She'd rather be a romance writer--she wants happy endings for everything and everyone. She also wants to find her father (it's been just her and her mom for her ...more
What if you had believed that your entire destiny had been written for you, but you soon realized that you did not follow its outline? Some gifts that are given can be like obstacles holding you back in life, or at least the life you feel is out there just waiting for you if only you knew where to look. When Isabella Davis feels that there is a sign in a bookstore while pregnant with her unborn daughter, she may never realize the implication of desiring her daughter to be a renowned poet and th ...more
Kelly Hager
If you have a child who reads middlegrade fiction, you need to get them this book. If you are a grownup who grew up reading Judy Blume and Katherine Paterson, you need to get yourself this book. Even if you aren't someone who generally reads "kids' books." This book is magic and it's charming and just plain a delight to read.

I will admit that this book is perfect for me. I'm adopted and so searching for part of your family is something I totally get. And since Emily Elizabeth Davis is a huge rea
Emily is trapped in a destiny that she isn't sure is actually hers. Named for the poet Emily Dickinson, her mother has big dreams that Emily will become a famous poet someday. Unfortunately, Emily isn't a big fan of poetry. In fact, she'd much rather read Danielle Steel and swoon over the happy endings. Who wouldn't?

I fell utterly in love with Emily and her friends. Each and every character in this book pops off the page. Emily is inquisitive, bright and witty. Some of the things she says made m
Barbara Williams
I see that Destiny, Rewritten has quite a bit of positivity radiating around it. So I’m dimming that candle a little bit here with my negative review. This is not to say that wasn’t a good book… just not to me. If, however, as you finished this book, you told everyone in your immediate proximity, while shaking your fists in the air and proclaiming so loudly that the dead could hear you, “BEST BOOK EVER,” that is fine. I am glad you found so much enjoyment out of this book.

On to my review!

I have
There were several aspects of Destiny, Rewritten that didn't work for me. I'm rarely a fan of the "life is predestined" thing; I found the off-topic, rambling conversations between Emily and Wavey to be more boring than humorous, for the most part; I dislike references to religion/spirituality; and I wanted to strangle Emily's mother throughout the entire book. But while these things don't work for me on their own, Fitzmaurice managed to lace them together to create a rather sweet, charming stor ...more
Emily lives with her mom, a UCB English Professor, her Aunt Nora and cousin Mortie in downtown Berkeley. Emily and Mortie become involved with ecology protests (tree sitting). These children are in the 6th grade, so this is highly unlikely. Emily's mom writes poetry for Hallmark cards, this is not very likely either. Some of the sixth graders speak to each other in Haiku? Emily describes her street as: "Tye-dyed shirts and bead shops that summed up our street" And, requiring a complete suspensio ...more
Lois V.
In Fitzmaurice's middle-grade novel, eleven-year-old Emily (named for Emily Dickinson) has been told her whole life her destiny is to be a poet--but she has a secret dream to do something different. When she loses a 1st edition copy of Dickinson's poems given to her at birth, she learns it contains the name of her unknown father. Emily and a cast of lively characters search for the book, and along the way, she discovers her true destiny. Fitzmaurice slips philosophy and info on writing poetry in ...more
As I continued to read this book, I was reminded of From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler, in the BEST way possible.

Main character : Emily, a precociously intelligent preteen. (Claudia)
Side character : a younger male relative, Mortie (her cousin) who is also preccocious (Jamie)
The "mystery" : where is The book of Emily Dickinson poetry (who made the statue of the angel?)
Arty sophisticated setting : Used book stores (Met)
Will solving the mystery lead to a relative : YES!

I loved it!

True Rating: 4.5 stars.

What an absorbing, soothing, and yet intellectually stimulating book! Instead of simply feeling good at novel’s end, as is usually the case, I felt a lightness of heart throughout every page of Destiny, Rewritten. The characters are real, and are relatively sensible and actually nice — a welcome change from kids books populated by mean girls and overbearing or wacky teachers and parents, and brimming with conflict and middle school angst.

Our heroine, Emily, is smart, perso
I really enjoyed this little book. It was wonderful to revisit the world of Elementary school with its friendships and dilemas! I felt as if I was right there with Emily and her classmates. Each character is well defined and has their own dreams and destiny. It was hard to put down!
I'm thinking of letting my granddaughters read this one and I'm definately checking out the Authors other books.
I love books with quirky characters and interwoven story lines, so why didn't I love this book?

Emily, the protagonist and her friends and cousin as characters are well-developed enough. Even the peripheral Aunt Nora has a character that rings true. It is the mother that is a problem. I get that she is a "free spirit" -- no, we don't need to be told in every chapter -- but even free spirits can and usually are good mothers. Emily's mother seems young to be a college professor, and definitely too
Sally Spratt
Wonderfully written story set in Berkeley CA, about a Emily, a young girl who's mother has decided her destiny is to become a poet. Having been named Emily, after Emily Dickenson, her destiny is to become a poet, or so her mother thinks. Emily tries to figure out if a person can change or rewrite their destiny. I was enthralled with the story, as it became more of a mystery to me as Emily attempted to locate a book of poetry that was lost. During her search for the book she discovers a lot about ...more
I really enjoyed this book: it grapples with issues of fate and self-determination, and it combines poetry and unusual choices and community involvement and activism. The poet friend, who potentially could be a third wheel, comes across as caring and patient. The usual hazards of the triangle don't apply...which was unexpected. The only aspect that doesn't ring true is the silence of the mother for all those years about the father. I understand that her belief in a right time to tell might have ...more
What are the chances I would read first, a mystery based on Emily Dickinson and then a children's book where the main character is named after Emily Dickinson.

This is a great book about fate and controlling your own, and also about letting your children control theirs. The author does a wonderful job of describing Berkeley, and the publisher picked the best paragraphs of the book for the back dust cover:

"We circled the store until we found the poetry section, which was as big as they said it was
Alexa Nunns
Destiny, Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice is a heartwarming realistic-fiction. Emily Davis is named after Emily Dickinson and was destined to be a poet, the only problem is that Emily doesn't necessarily like poetry, but enjoys writing romantics novels instead. When Emily's book that defines her fate of becoming a poet is accidentally donated to a local Goodwill, she does anything she can to get it back. Emily ends up finding out that fate can only be determined by herself and not determined by ...more
Kerry Cerra
When I read Kathryn’s first book a few years ago, The Year the Swallows Came Early, I knew I’d forever be a loyal reader of any other books she’d ever write. She has the most beautiful way with words. Her newest book, Destiny Rewritten, follows suit. You only need to read a single conversation between Em and her BFF Wavey to know exactly what I mean about Kathryn’s writing. Perfection!

Having been named after the famous poet, Emily Dickenson, Emily Davis, has been told a thousand times by her fa
Amy Dreger
Eleven-year-old Emily Davis questions her mother's belief that she is destined to become a poet, and that all things work out when left to fate when she accidentally donates a special book of Emily Dickinson poems that contain the name of the father she has never met. Determined to discover her father's identity Emily sets out to hunt down her book, finding out along the way that destiny truly can be rewritten.

This book had a lot of heart. I found myself cheering for Emily and her cast of quirk
Dena (Batch of Books)
I always love reading books set in the part of the country that I live in. I live in the south Bay Area near San Francisco, and this book takes place just north of me. The premise of the book is really interesting, and I enjoyed the story of Emily trying to navigate life. Her eccentric mother and cousin are entertaining and gave the book some humor.

While I didn't fall madly in love with this book, I did enjoy it. It was a sweet, contemporary story that most young readers would like.

The Cover: I
Source: Received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book hooked me quite simply because of its cover. Look at how cute that girl is! Look how she's surrounded by books and a cat (that's kind of my life :) Plus I love the font for the title. Everything boded well for a good read.

And that prediction panned out. Emily Elizabeth Davis was named fortitutiously after her mother picked up a book of poetry from Emily Dickinson. Thus ever since birth, it has been ordained t
Des-tin-y: (noun) The hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future; fate.

Who do you think has control of your destiny? Does it depend on your choices or is it already set? Should you wait for it to happen, or should you help it along?

If you are Emily Elizabeth Davis you believe that you make what happens in your life. If your Emily's mother you believe that what happens is supposed to happen in its own time, unfolding when it is ready. She says you can't rush your destiny but

Today’s post is on Destiny, Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice. It is 335 pages long and is published by Katherine Tegen Books. The cover has a young girl looking up with shelves of books all around her and a black cat sitting next her looking up too. There is no sex, no language, and no violence in this book. It is told from the first person point of view of the main character Emily. The intended reader is a young girl no younger than seven but no older than about 12. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

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This was really quite a lovely and amusing book. While I can't say I cared too much about Emily, I did find the other characters, Mortie and Wavey in particular, fantastic. Mortie was my absolute favourite, he wants to join the Army but he's only 8, he writes tactical plans in Morse code and loves spy novels. The image of him looking through the Goodwill store with his binoculars is hilarious! I love the way that Wavey and Emily go off on their tangents, The Star Wars one was really funny! They ...more
Name of Book: Destiny, Rewritten

Author: Kathryn Fitzmaurice

ISBN: 978-0-06-162501-5

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Type of book: poetry, lost book, destiny vs fate, romance writing, Danielle Steel, feminism, environment, 2000s

Year it was published: 2013


Des·tin·y: |destinē/
(noun) The hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future; fate.

Eleven-year-old Emily Elizabeth Davis has been told for her entire life that her destiny is to become a poet, just like her famous namesak
From even before she was born, it had been decided that Emily’s destiny was to be a poet. Named after Emily Dickinson when her mother was inspired at a bookstore, Emily’s entire 11-year life has been documented in the margins of a first edition copy of Dickinson’s poems. When Emily discovers that her mother wrote her father’s name in the margin of one of the poems, she rushes to read the book but a mishap sends it off to be donated to Goodwill. This begins a search of several used book stores fo ...more
Kayla Beck
Review originally posted at Bibliophilia, Please.

I read this book over the holidays, and it's fitting. I knew that I had to be the Grinch because my heart grew two sizes the day I finished reading Destiny, Rewritten . It felt as if it would burst right out of my chest because I was felt with such overwhelming happiness and love for the characters, who are some of my all-time literary favorites. There is not one person in the book that I did not want to scoop up and squeeze into a bear hug.

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