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Destiny, Rewritten

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,214 ratings  ·  201 reviews
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 namesake, Emily Dickinson. But Emily doesn’t even really like poetry, and she has a secret career ambition that she suspects her English-profes
Published March 1st 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published February 19th 2013)
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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
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
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-the-look
I really, really love this cover but the actual story left me feeling meh. It has some potential but falls short of being a meaningful read. The best part of the story is when our heroine Emily and her best friend Wavey (WHAT is up with that name?) bounce off one another with their thoughts. I really enjoyed their random tangents. However, overall I found the story exceedingly drawn-out and repetitive. Not much happens. It was hard to believe an 11-year-old cared that much about destiny anyway. ...more
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book just made me happy.

Totally selfish, I picked this one for me, not for any of the kids, because of the picture on the cover. It looks exactly like my favourite corner in my favourite second hand bookshop (which sadly no longer exists), that I used to visit with my parents at least twice a month.
The story itself is cute, with smart and savvy girl protagonists, and lots of interesting points to discuss with young readers; Emily Dickinson and Danielle Steel; sonnets, haiku and poetry in g
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
Good book, but the Star Wars thing in the beginning made me enjoy it less. I love Star Wars and I don't think that Princess Leia was portrayed properly. They were all like "Princess Leia makes a coffee while Han Solo fights off bad guys," but Princess Leia would never let that happen. They act like Princess Leia is so helpless but she is so not. I mean, like, AFTER Luke comes in and saves her, she helps a lot in escaping. And they're totally forgetting why Princess Leia was trapped in the first ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sleep-over-reads
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.
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
Kelly Hager
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Destiny Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice is an adorable middle grade book. The story is inventive and Emily is a spunky, lively 11 year old. That said, I have a specific issue with this book that prevents me from gifting or even loaning it to my 11 year old niece. And while I do have some other issues (the letters to Danielle Steele, etc), they are completely overshadowed by this one specific issue.

The problem is a total lack of consequences for bad behavior.

Without going too heavily into spoil
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sally Lotz
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
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
Nov 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 be and usually are good mothers. Emily's mother seems young to be a college professor, and definitely t
Amara Tanith
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
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alexa Nunns
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Miss Clark
It was fine. I liked seeing Emily Dickinson mentioned and her poetry showcased in an MG novel, but the actual story did not stick with me. One of those "My mother was quirky and named me after a poet and now I too shall be one. It is destiny. But maybe not? And where/who is my dad?" Alas, pass.

Very cute cover.
Shreenita Shegar
This book is so could and I would read it again a thousand times. I recommend this book to people who have a missing spark in their life and are desperate to find it.
Rebecca LuElla
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade readers and their parents and teachers
Shelves: children-s-books
Destiny, Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice is a wonderful middle grade novel of the coming-of-age variety.

The Story. Emily Elizabeth Davis loves happy endings and she wants one for her own life, but there are a couple problems. First, she lives without knowing who her father is, and second, she seems to be trapped in a destiny determined for her before she was born.

Emily sets out to discover whether or not she can alter her destiny, but the situation quickly turns into a hunt for her misplace
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good points: It was cute. A very satisfying read. I think it would be a good book for a middle grade student who is looking to find out who they are. It had a lot of good parts and a great ending. I would recommend it. I love how the girl corresponded with Danielle Steele. I found that adorable.

Bad points: It was repetitive, often listing events that had happened in the book over and over again. It wasn't that long of a book, so I felt that it was unnecessary to remind the reader what had happen
Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did end up enjoying this book. It was a very quick read. It took a little bit to get into, but once it picked up, it moved quickly. I read the 2nd half of the book within a couple of hours in one sitting and I really enjoyed Emily's story. ...more
Sarah M
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bd-ordered
Added this to my tbr years ago thinking it was a graphic novel and bought it cus I still believed it was. Its not lmao oops.

This was cute. I think I would have really enjoyed this if I read it when I was in primary school but it was still a nice quick read now!

Kyrsten Newlon
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enchanting and lyrical..."Destiny, Rewritten" made me laugh out loud, gape in wonder, and sigh in delight. ...more
Vanessa Jones
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jnr-fic
This is a cute little story about fate and destiny. I quite enjoyed it! my 5-year-old daughter randomly picked this out of the library for me, I'm glad she did ...more
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