A charming love story set at sea, The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill is the perfect antidote to the wintertime blues.
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.
Morrill’s book is filled with sweetness and charm. This romantic comedy while have every current and former band geek/orchestra member/choir singer/performing arts kid laughing, cringing, and reminiscing about all the craziness that ensues on any sort of similar excursion with your fellow musicians/performers.
After all, The Trouble with Destiny certainly conjured these and many other memories from my 7th grade orchestra cruise:
1. Trying to play the violin, whilst stationed on the highest-level deck of a cruise ship tossing and turning on rollicking waves, and getting unbelievably seasick.
2. Breaking my key card while it was inserted into the lock of my door, and being too embarrassed/shy to say anything to an adult, thereby forcing me and my roommate (with whom I was not really friends), to share the ONE remaining solid piece of my key to access our room.
3. Listening to said non-friend roommate (who was a year younger then me), tell stories in which she claimed to have lost her virginity at age 6 and have had tons of sex in her ten years of life on this Earth. (Really.)
But even if you can’t relate to the hijinks that really do ensue on performing arts group trips (and they really, really do happen) — The Trouble with Destiny is still a charming, light-hearted love story that will surely leave you smiling. A light, cheerful book filled with humor — look for The Trouble with Destiny in stores now.