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The Trouble with Destiny

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,162 ratings  ·  270 reviews
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
Hardcover, 263 pages
Published December 8th 2015 by Delacorte
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Sophia Sardothien
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-review
Thank you netgalley for sending me this book in exchange of an honest review

Lauren Morrill, is one of my favorite contemporary books author. I extremely love her book Meant To Be I thought it was phenomenal and amazing. Everything about that book was spot on :)

However I did not enjoy The Trouble With Destiny as much as I hope I did. I thought that the plot really drags on a lot, nothing truly happened until 60% in. Though both in books the romance was predictable but with this one it t
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lauren Morrill writes some of the most adorable and fun YA contemporary out there and when I started The Trouble With Destiny, it didn't take me long to remember why I love reading her books so much and why I crave this genre.

With a cast of fun and sometimes goofy characters, not to mention a cruise, a competition, old friends, an art geek, a football hero, and two funny and supportive best friends, this read was packed full of the good stuff.

Not only did it have a unique story line and setting
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, having never read anything by the author before, but I actually really enjoyed it. The story takes place on a luxury cruise, named Destiny, where a talent show competition is taking place - the prize is $25,000. Liza, a drum major in a school marching band that's about to lose all it's funding, knows this is their last chance to save the group. The s
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, contemporary, arc-2015
Hmmm Let’s see, if I was still 14 or 15 or basically a teen maybe I would love this book but I’m a 20’s girl and although I love Young Adult fiction, really I love them and in fact most of my Favorites are in YA contemporaries but this book was really not my cup of tea.

I find it very generic. It’s like I’m watching High Musical all over again, not that I didn’t like it back then but the drama in that Disney movie is somewhat similar to the drama I’ve been reading in this book. It was so cliché
Sep 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you NetGalley for my advanced reading copy. I look forward to reading this book!

I love a good contemporary romance book! This was an enjoyable and fast paced read. The main character Liza was not really my favorite leading character but I really enjoyed the other characters in the book. I found this book pretty predictable which in some ways I like of contemporary novels but in this case I wanted a little more struggle.
Nasty Lady MJ
Feb 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Note: I received a DRC from Netgalley this did not influence my opinion on this book. Although, I appreciate the opportunity.

I wouldn’t want to be on this boat.

It would sink fast. Way, way, fast. And it would be such a boring boat full of idiots. Who would want to be on a boat full of idiots? And a boring boat at that?

Annoying Book Comparison for This Book: It’s like an after school special meets The Love Boat with some Full House music sequences thro
Feb 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars? I don't even know.

I feel like I'm missing out on the love everyone seems to have for Lauren's books, so I always request and I'm always disappointed.

I didn't like any of these characters. Liza is quite bitchy and mean to her classmates. I struggled to care about her situation and didn't find anything redeeming about her. There are loads of other characters, but they're so flat. Maybe that was done on purpose to show how Liza thought she was on her own, but there were some with such
Erin Lynn
FTC Disclosure: Delacorte Press allowed me to read and review an advance copy (ARC) of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This review was originally published on my blog, The Hardcover Lover.

The Trouble With Destiny is the first book by Lauren Morrill that I've read. Yes, I've seen her other books in stores and online. Yes, I know people adore them. Heck, even I own a copy of Meant to Be. I just haven't found the time to read it yet because there are seriously so many books! I can say th
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Lauren Morrill writes really cute books. Her first two novels were both winners for me, books perfect for when I’m looking to just take a break from reading heavier books. So I was excited to get to The Trouble With Destiny. While the book was enjoyable for the most part and definitely left me with a smile at the end, it was also my least favorite book by the author.

What I Liked
– The cruise setting
The Trouble With Destiny was set around a cruise. You can’t pay me enough to ever set foot on a cru
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Liza was hell-bent on winning the $25,000 spring break talent show prize so she could help produce funding for her high school marching band. Aboard the Destiny cruise ship, she did everything she could to help her team, even though there were a lot of hindrances - like her old camp crush, or her new crush who happened to be her enemy's ex-boyfriend.

Okay, so here's the thing. I was once a majorette in our high school drum and lyre corps (for about a year only), so I know a thing or two about be
Brittany S.
Initial Impressions 10/15/15: Okay, that ending was SUPER cute! Sometimes music doesn't come across well in books because, well, you can't hear it. Lauren Morrill did a really fantastic job of making this music come to life. I could picture the band performance (and all of the music at the end) and really hear it in my head. It made me grin from ear to ear!
I love love love the hate-to-love romance. Morrill totally nailed in this in MEANT TO BE and I loved how it developed in THE TROUBLE WITH DE
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary

The concept of The Trouble with Destiny was intriguing, but unfortunately the execution didn't quite live up to the brilliance of the premise.

When drum major Liza Sanders learns her school is going to reduce funding for her beloved marching band, she knows she has to act fast. Her solution? The luxury cruise ship Destiny: which is hosting a talent show with a $25,000 prize.

Plotwise, there is an extreme amount of disbelief you have to suspend to truly enjoy the book. On the cruise, the teenag
Stefani Sloma
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a hard one to review. It’s cute – for sure. But is it original? No. It’s pretty much got every stereotype in it – from the love triangle to the evil-cheerleader-ex-best-friend to the drama fueled fight with her current best friend. It was rather predictable since I guessed how everything was going to turn out from pretty much the first page. Liza, the MC, isn’t really likable because she’s pretty judge-y and high-strung. The book is kind of…generic? I hate to use that word, but it was.

Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Liza is a drum major for her school's marching band and she is privy to a secret about the fate of the band. If they don't raise a lot of money, the band will be cut due to the new school budget. So, they enter a contest on a cruise ship with the hopes of winning the grand prize. But things aren't smooth sailing aboard this cruise ship. Liza has to keep her eye out for ex-best friend, Demi, who is part of a dance team also vying for the grand prize and then she runs into Lenny, her childhood fri ...more

I don't know guys. I was just so bored reading this. It was predictable, kind of cheesy, full of drama,... It felt like a bad Disney Channel teen movie. That's all I can really say right now. I didn't like the characters either. Some might enjoy this one if you're looking for a simple, cheesy, cutesy YA contemporary, but unfortunately I've come to expect more of the genre. So yeah... That's my two cents on this one.
Sara (Freadom Library)
I received an e-ARC of this book from Delacorte Press and Random House Children’s via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This review was originally posted at

Plot – 3.5 out of 5 stars
This was a really predictable. Most of the time I don’t mind when there’s a bit of predictability in my stories, especially when it somehow still catches me by surprise, but this book was like a giant cliche. The pace was slow and it had the general plot points
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm really disappointed. This whole book was underdeveloped, both the plot and the characters. Also, I was so distracted by the extreme weird inaccuracies. For instance, going on a major field trip with 70 students and only 1 chaperone? NOPE. Legally, schools can't do that. I believe there is actually a ratio of students to adults that must be met, and one air-headed teacher for an entire band is not it. Also, band (both concert and marching) was a huge part of my life for TWENTY YEARS (with man ...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts are my own. This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

I loved Lauren Morrill's debut, and her sophomore novel was cute, but I have to admit that I was completely underwhelmed by her newest novel. It was cute, but it's that kind of cute where I'm cringing at what I know is coming because you can just tell that a disaster is on the horizon. I almost put it aside at 30%. To be comp
My thanks to Delacorte

Point of View: Single (Liza)
Writing: First Person | Present Tense
Setting: N/A
Genre: Young Adult | Realistic Fiction

It turns out this book was more heavy on the silly teenage romance than I had expected. Generally, I'm all for fun and light romantic young adult books, but this one is probably more suitable for readers much younger than myself. Anyw
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Frankly, if you want a book to amuse you — The Trouble With Destiny might do the trick. Read my review ...more
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Actual rating: 3.5-4

Such an adorably sweet read. A quick one at that, and with a cool setting too.
Nov 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three stars: An enjoyable read, but the romance was lacking.

Liza does a mental check, she has everything packed and ready to go. As drum major, it is Liza's responsibility to make sure her bandmates, instruments and music make it safely aboard the cruise ship. You would think that spending spring break on a cruise ship would be Liza's idea of a terrific break, but it isn't. Liza knows that if her band does not win the $25,000 talent show, the school will cut the band program. Liza is the only o
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

If I would have to describe The Trouble With Destiny in one sentence it would be:
A easy, entertaining cute & fluffy that's predictable in all the best ways.

Predictable is THE word for the story line. It's extremely predictable. It goes from A to B to C. None of the twists will surprise anyone. But nonetheless it's enjoyable. It's cute and fun. So exactly what it does promise.  A bit of angst, some lovey-dovey stuff, a dash of swoony and a whole lot of fun topped off with the HEA. Talkin
C. Maria
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked this. It wasn't mind blowing but it was ok.

I didn't liked that the main character was so clueless and I so hated Lenny from the beginning. I like the other characters they were fun and they felt real. I like the story and even the title of the book has a double meaning. I liked it but I would had loved it if the romance and all the mess wan't resolved in the final 5 pages I would have loved some development with their relationship. More of Russ, more of them...
Lexi Herondale
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-standing
This was so good. Yes, it was cheesy and yes, it was predictable, but that's a cutesy contemporary for you and it was just what I needed at the moment. I really liked Liza and the other characters, they sort of reminded me of my own friends.
I will definitely be checking out the rest of Lauren Morrill's books.

Thank you, NetGalley, for providing me a free ebook copy of this book.
Sep 16, 2015 rated it did not like it

this book started off slow, but ended up being a really fun read! i was a little annoyed by how dramatic and childish some of the actions seemed, but i grew to like it. in some ways, it reminded me of a disney channel episode. the narrator was annoying at times, but others she was... bearable.

Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
1.5 stars

I really, really hate to have to do this. Lauren Morrill’s a wonderful person, who I see at Atlanta book events pretty regularly. I loved both Meant to Be and Being Sloane Jacobs. I was in marching band for two years of high school. Where could a romance about the drum major of a marching band possibly go wrong? Well, let me tell you a bit about the trouble with The Trouble with Destiny. Warning: There will be untagged spoilers in this one.

To start with, there’s the premise: the marchin
The Trouble with Destiny was so much of a different read than I was expecting it to be. When I was first introduced to the characters, I thought I knew which way things would plan out, which characters would end up together and I believed myself to be a good judge of character too, but I couldn’t have been more wrong, Morrill really turned things on their head for me in this book, but I think I much preferred the character developments and story that Morrill gave us then what I thought was going ...more
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it
The Trouble with Destiny was a cute story with funny moments as well as parts that made me sympathize. However, while it was interesting, in the sense that it surrounded a high school band and took place on a cruise ship, I wasn't thoroughly in love with the story or even connected with the characters.

I had a love-hate relationship with Liza for the most part. At the start of the story, I understood her intentions and commended her for going to whatever lengths to make sure the band stayed in t
Jun 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Okay, I wasn't expecting to give Lauren Morrill book a 1 star rating. But I just did. I had actually been waiting for this book's release for so long. It's not that I'm a Lauren Morrill fan but I loved Meant to Be, and thought Being Sloane Jacobs was an okay book. But boy, I did not enjoy this book at all. It was just...too cute, and I don't mean it in a good way. It was like one of those cheesy teen Disney movies that I used to watch when I was a kid. And maybe I would have liked it if I'd read ...more
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LAUREN MORRILL grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was a short-term Girl Scout, a (not so) proud member of the marching band, and a trouble-making editor for the school newspaper. She graduated from Indiana University with a major in history and a minor in rock & roll, and now lives in Macon, GA with her husband and sons.

Lauren is the author of several YA novels, including MEANT TO BE (Rand

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