Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Before I Read The Trouble With Destiny

Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance can draw you in and make you want to read the words inside. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started a feature to spotlight these essential works of art.

The Trouble With Destiny by Lauren Morrill

Release: December 8, 2015 from Delacorte
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 has been lucky enough to see her books graced with adorable covers, each one featuring a collage of bright colors and a hint of whimsicality. I've come to love and expect Morrill's cover style almost as much as I love and expect her witty and entertaining writing style—which is why I am so glad The Trouble With Destiny's cover lives up to its predecessors. The bold, vibrant blues and simple shapes in the background give the image a fun, almost childlike quality, hinting that this author's latest book will be just as engaging as the rest. However, the clean lines and sophisticated color-matching keep the cover looking professional and perfectly appropriate for teenagers. Combined with an original-sounding story that is sure to illuminate the world of high school marching band—a world I have mostly managed to avoid—this cover leaves me with no doubt that The Trouble With Destiny will solidify readers' love for Morrill's creative stories and characters.


  1. It is a cute cover. I like the way the ocean waves were done. I haven't read anything by this author, but I hope you enjoy this one!!

  2. So excited to see what you think of this Emily! I think the cover is great, and I don't think I've ever read anything set aboard a cruise ship so that should be interesting. Hope you enjoy it! ♥

  3. I am really excited for this book and to see your thoughts on it! I absolutely love the cover and have been meaning to pick up a Lauren Morrill book for a while now, so maybe this will be the one. Great post! I hope the book lives up to your expectations like the cover did :D

  4. I thought this cover was one of this year's best! The different media used in the design first captured my attention, but it was the vibrant color palette {and, of course, the synopsis} that secured it a spot on my TBR list. Great post, Emily! :)



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