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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Destiny Road is about a sixteen year old girl Jessica, who is building up to making a most important decision. One that will affect the rest of her life. It is a story of decision, growth and acceptance.

Jessica is sixteen when she meets Bill for the first time. Six months later she is moved away by her mother, to begin a new life, away from what she knows. Away from the ma
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Published August 27th 2012 by Morris Publishing Australia (first published August 15th 2012)
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Jessica’s first day at her new school was traumatic from the very beginning. After being threatened at the bus stop, stared at and snickered at as the “new kid” by other students, 16 year old Jessica knew her new life was going to be horrible. When Ally, her mother and only constant in her life for the past sixteen years, had announced they were moving interstate where she would open a new boutique in partnership with her boss, Jessica was torn. She didn’t want to hold her mother back, after all ...more
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This novel was intense right from the very first page. What I liked best about the intensity? It wasn’t your stereotypical action-adventure induced intensity. It was all emotionally based. This novel made me cry. It made me laugh. It also made me rethink a great many choices that I had or was about to make. Life is in the choices that you make and that are made for you.

Wray’s descriptions lay out the scene perfectly. They are in-depth enough to give you all of the details necessary to picture th
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Destiny Road is a small press young adult novel by Australian author, Melissa Wray, based loosely on her own experiences.

After her mother's career demands a move interstate, sixteen year old Jessica has no choice but to go with her. But leaving behind her best friends and a father she is just getting to know is difficult and she is struggling to settle in to her new situation. As circumstances threaten to overwhelm her, Jessica is offered the opportunity to return to some semblance of her old li
MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
“Things work out the best for those who make the best of the way things work out”

Jessica has recently moved inter-state from her home town of Ashmore, leaving behind her two best friends, Dempsey and Claire, as well as her biological father, Bill, whom she has only recently met after a fifteen year absence from her life. Regrettably, moving away from her home town is a decision she felt she had to make in order to allow her mother, Ally, a chance to follow her own dream even though she knew her
Melissa Wray
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Destiny Road is a real life story about Jessica. At 16 she meets her biological father for the first time only to be moved away to a new town. It is here she is faced with a decision that will change the course of her life. Destiny Road is about living with choices made by yourself and those around you and the consequences that follow. It is about family, growing up, first love and relationships.
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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The great thing about Destiny Road is that is filled with all the realistic teenage things- starting at a new school, family drama, friend drama, learning to drive and etc. I found it especially relatable due to the Australian setting, though I believe people who aren’t Australian would still be able to connect. The fact that this is based on Melissa’s own experiences, definitely added to the overall feel of the novel and meant that ev
Alex Fairhill
In Destiny Road, Wray has created a teenaged character who faces dilemmas that aren't all about relationships, drinking and drugs, as many YA books are. Jessica, 16, moves away with her mother, then faces a tough decision - stay with her mum in a new place, or return to her former home town and live with her father, who she only met six months beforehand.
The book is almost in two halves - in the first half Jessica struggles with the decision to stay or go, and in the second half has to live with
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Based on the authors own life experience, Destiny Road is one young woman's coming of age tale that will have the reader utterly spellbound.

Wray has managed to write with absolute brutal honesty that very easily could have become too confronting-especially for those that have undergone a similar situation. Nothing is "glossed over" or any emotion down-played but the strength of her characterisation softens the blow from the issues faced. Jessica leaps from the page right from the very first lin
Terri Sedmak
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I so enjoyed Destiny Road. This is a great book. I was rooting for Jessica all the way! I truly got the sense that she was on a journey through a difficult passage of growing up and that she was always striving to make the best of her decisions when handed a profoundly life-altering moment – she discovers she has a father who never knew she existed. Through Jessica’s journey and her introspections the reader understands just how difficult this truly is for her. The writing is convincing and the ...more
Erin Richards
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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DESTINY ROAD is a solid debut in realistic young adult fiction. It’s an intense, character-driven, and emotional story of a teen girl faced with tough choices in her life, and meeting her father for the first time at age sixteen. Jessica is so well-developed that the story catapulted me back when I was a teen and the angst I experienced over certain traumatic events in my life. There’s never a slow moment and you are sucked into Jessica’s life from the first through the last page as Jessica stru ...more
Melissa Walker
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a high school teacher in an all girls school I can absolutely see teenage girls connecting with this story. There are lots of students who come from split homes and know what this is like. They would be able understand the feeling of being torn in two. Destiny Road captures many teenage issues and allows the more mature reader to relive their teenage years. I highly recommend this!
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, it hit kind of close to home a few times and I found myself in tears two or three times. I enjoyed the characters and the decisions they had to make. Life is a series of decisions and some are harder than others and involve more than just us. I would like to read a sequel about Jessica and Luke and see where there decisions and life has taken them.
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Loved this book. Easy to read and I could relate. Highschool is such a difficult time for everyone, fitting in, finding yourself, working out what your going to do with your life.

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