Source: YA Bound
Destiny Clark, a young Mormon girl living in Tennessee, is wildly infatuated with Isaac Robinson, the headmaster's son at her Baptist high school. When they're cast together in the school's production of Les Misérables, Destiny is horrified to find that she has to be publicly humiliated by acting out her true feelings of rejection onstage.
As their rehearsals begin, Destiny realizes the unimaginable: Isaac has developed deep feelings for her despite their religious differences and the fact that he has a girlfriend.
But will they be able to find their place amongst the backbiters of their ultra-conservative world?
Weaving around Destiny and Isaac's alternating viewpoints, Destiny is the first book in a series inspired by the characters of Les Misérables and explores heartbreak, self-discovery, intolerance, and love.
Hey everyone! Welcome back, today I've got a little review of Destiny by Cindy Ray Hale, hope you guys enjoy~~
Destiny was an amazing story about religious prejudice and it was absolutely fantastic! The two religions in focus are Baptists and Mormons. There's also this theme of star-crossed lovers and for once, I actually really liked it because it wasn't some fate or family grudge that was the reason for this separation. Well, family grudge was one part but the main focus was RELIGION. The freaking prejudice that the Baptists at Destiny's high school is just mind-blowing! How can you be so shallow? The worst thing and the thing that made me laugh the most was how the Baptists painted the Mormons as people who were going to hell but they didn't do anything about it and they treated all the Mormons like garbage. Excuse me? Meanwhile, the Mormons are the nicest people ever. Destiny respects the Baptists in her school and she's receptive towards what they believe. While her parents and family/friends might not approve of her dating a Baptist, they are so much more welcoming and nice. The romance in this novel was simple and sweet but I will admit I think Destiny took her Eponine part a little too seriously. Issac was adorable, a bit cocky at times, but I loved watching him grow and become more respectful towards other religions. Hannah was a fantastic best friend, she's super supportive and open-minded that it's hard not to love her. Aspen is horrible and such a freaking hypocrite, don't even get me started. One thing though, Issac's father. Why does he hate Mormons so much? I really want to know more about his really cruel grudge against them, it just doesn't make sense to me. Although, the choir teacher is one heck of a guy and kudos to him for standing up to Mr. High and Mighty Robinson. There is also a little love triangle, the other guy being Preston. My heart goes out to him, he's such a sweetheart that any girl would be lucky to date him. But...I'm on Team Issac not because I'm all in for forbidden romance but because of what they're relationship represents. Really fantastic book and I definitely recommend it!
3.5 out of 5 stars