The Trouble with Destiny
by Lauren Morrill
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.
Liza was hell-bent on winning the $25,000 spring break talent show prize so she could help her 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 being a drum major. Just like Liza, I also provided commands to my ensemble and led my marching band to places, told them what piece to play and so on. But the difference between Liza and me was, I wasn’t competitive. Nor a bitch. I wasn’t into head-butting other drum majors or making snide remarks and petty accusations or throwing tantrums when the other band was winning, or when my ex-bestfriend display her wealth under my nose.
Liza was that. Liza was full of angst and anxiety and apprehension. Liza wasn’t going to win any awards from me even if she asks me too. All too soon, I realized Liza wasn’t the kind of protagonist I envisioned her to be. I even thought of not finishing the book because it was a little dragging already and I wasn’t liking the flow of the story. Too many times my kid caught me shaking my head and rolling my eyes. Nevertheless, I still completed the book and somehow liked how it all ended.
NOTE: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.