Author: Lauren Morrill
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Delacorte (December 8, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 4 Stars!
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 talent show prize.
Liza can’t imagine senior year without the band, and nothing will distract her from achieving victory. She’s therefore not interested when her old camp crush, Lenny, shows up on board, looking shockingly hipster-hot. And she’s especially not interested in Russ, the probably-as-dumb-as-he-is-cute prankster jock whose ex, Demi, happens be Liza’s ex–best friend and leader of the Athenas, a show choir that’s the band’s greatest competition.
But it’s not going to be smooth sailing. After the Destiny breaks down, all of Liza’s best-laid plans start to go awry. Liza likes to think of herself as an expert at almost everything, but when it comes to love, she’s about to find herself lost at sea.
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, it was every bit as fun as it could be serious.
I highly enjoyed this read and it was perfect for a lazy afternoon where I just wanted a light, fun read that would leave me with a smile on my face.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*
I haven't read anything by this author but this book sounds like something I would really be into. Sounds like it has a lot going on but it works. Great review!ReplyDelete
It did all work and really was a lot of fun!Delete
I don't think I've read anything by this author before. I do love me a fun YA contemporary read, so this seems right up my alley. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
All of her books are just so much fun. ;)Delete
I really like this author's books too and it makes really happy to see that you enjoyed this one, Ali! I'm looking forward to reading it. It definitely sounds like a whole lot of fun. :)ReplyDelete
You are going to love it Nick!Delete
I've enjoyed her previous books Ali, so I'm excited for this one. And I LOVE that cover, it so cute and fun, glad the story matches it:)ReplyDelete
It is and it definitely does. ;)Delete
I have this one for review so I'm glad to hear you liked it. I like light and fluffy contemps!ReplyDelete
I really hope you like it as much as I did!Delete
Oh! I've been looking for a light fun contemporary that releases shortly before the holidays. For the store shelf mainly (now that I have input on what we stock in YA I obsess over it so all these reviews are more helpful than ever!) but I also love this author and want to read it myself. I'm adding to next weeks list for when we put in orders. :) Thanks for the review, I can't wait to read it myself!ReplyDelete
Yay! I hope you love it!Delete
I'm so excited to start this one soon. You know how I love my fluffy contemps! <3ReplyDelete
I do and I think you will really like this. :DDelete
I didn't realize she had another one out. I read her debut, the name escapes me right now, and I remember really liking it, it was light and sweet and this one sounds like that. I really need something light and sweet so I am going to hunt this down.ReplyDelete
Yay! I hope you do and love it!Delete
Sounds perfect! Any book that will leave me smiling is worth checking out :) Thanks for the rec, Ali, and have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
Definitely and thanks Ramona, you too!Delete
This sounds good. You know you had me at the "art geek" character. :DReplyDelete
;) This was a fun one because of all the different personalities.Delete
Lovely review, Ali. I’ll keep this book in mind for when I would be in a mood for a light and funny read.ReplyDelete
Yay! Happy to hear that. :DDelete
I've always wanted to read a book set on a cruise ship, and this sounds amazing. :) Definitely going to have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing Ali and, as always, fabulous review! ♥ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Zoe!Delete
That's something different. I don't think I've ever read a book set on a cruise ship. Lol. Glad you enjoyed this one, Ali!ReplyDelete
This was my second I believe and I liked it, it was fun and different. ;)Delete
This does sound adorable and I love the cover it is too cute :) Happy weekend my friendReplyDelete
Thanks Kim! <3Delete
This definitely sounds adorable! Even the cover is just screaming it :) I'm glad that you liked this one a great deal, dear! A romance set on a boat sounds romantic and thrilling - although in real life, I wouldn't go there... when I'm on a boat, I get motion sickness XDReplyDelete
Faye at The Social Potato
Me too Faye but I wish I didn't they sound like so much fun.Delete
I love the cover to this, and that's pretty much what made me add this to my TBR even though I've got no idea what it's about, haha! I love the idea of a cruise, never read anything like that in YA contemporary. Great review!ReplyDelete
It was a really fun setting. ;)Delete
aww yay for fun light reads, those are always welcome.ReplyDelete
Most definitely. ;)Delete
I can totally get with fluff, I'm such a romantic at heart.ReplyDelete
Me too, me too. :DDelete
This sounds so cute and fun! :)ReplyDelete
It really was!Delete
Fun and goofy characters sound great to me.ReplyDelete
It was a nice change of pace. ;)Delete
This sounds really fun. Glad you had fun reading it :)ReplyDelete
This does sound fun and cute. I've wanted to read her book, but you know how it goes.ReplyDelete
Yep too many books, not enough hours in the day.Delete
It's great to have a nice YA read like that.ReplyDelete
Awesome, sometimes it's good to read something light and easy!! Great reviewReplyDelete
Definitely and thank you!!Delete
The whole setup for this sounds so fun!! Plus, two cute boys to swoon for. Liza seems like a great ya heroine - determined, smart and talented! Yay.ReplyDelete
Glad you had fun with this one, Ali :)
Thanks Kim, me too! :DDelete
Oh that sounds cute! I've read a couple on cruise ships now and really enjoyed the setting :DReplyDelete
It is a fun and different setting since there aren't very many that seem to take place on them.Delete
Goofy characters are always a plus for me when it comes to the contemporary genre. They seem to hold my interest, great review!ReplyDelete