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Destined to Fail

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  • Posted December 25, 2011

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    worth the read!!!

    Life is not a fairy tale and bad things happen to good people. Destined to Fail is a coming of age story where happy endings are not everyone's destiny. March forces us to confront a world of trauma and tragedy which is uncomfortable and unsettling. Lighthearted books are fun to read, however March forces us to address and contemplate what a life of tragedy would feel like. Destined to Fail has depth and a strong message. Life's obstacles can be overcome, but it will take hard work and a personal investment. Life is full of choices and we has individuals must chose which paths to proceed down. March exposes us to trauma that does occur throughout every segment of our society. Destined to Fail speaks to the individual who is suffering and provides moral support and encouragement to fight while also serving as a guide for someone who needs to advocate for a friend in the middle of the fight.

    "The other things that have happened, none of those I had control over. But, this situation, I could do something about. I could take the wheel and make my own decisions. It was such a powerful feeling, knowing I could control my own destiny. " (March, pg. 191)

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  • Posted May 25, 2012

    This book is a MUST READ!!

    I'm so happy that I was finally able to read this book; I've been wanting this book since before Christmas, bought it in February, and I finally got the chance to read it. The prologue of this novel immediately draws you in because of its intensity; the action literally begins as soon as you read the prologue. Jasmine Jones is 19-years-old, getting ready to leave for college, and has been dealt a really bad hand in life. When Jasmine attends a college that is four hours away from home, she leaves behind her mother, her boyfriend, and her family secrets, or so she thought. After a month or so of moving Des Moines with her best friend Abby, she finds out Abby is pregnant and is leaving Irving to return back to Julien with her abusive boyfriend, Jason. Just when things are getting back to as normal as they possibly can be for Jasmine, she finds out she's pregnant. This novel was NOT what I expected at all, it was even better, and I had pretty high expectations for this novel, so it was wonderful! I didn't expect for Jasmine to have so many obstacles on top of being pregnant, but it kept me wanting to know more of her story. I was thinking this was going to be a light, fun read, but it dealt with some pretty heavy issues; as a reader I respected all the issues, but as a writer, I appreciated the issues even more. It's important, to me, when I read novels are watch films that deal with such heavy issues, because in my opinion you can never have too much information on these subjects. I feel as if Samantha did a great job of bringing awareness to these issues, without taking away from the novel. I absolutely loved Jasmine, I respected her, and I thought that she was very easy to relate to. I think every girl should read this book at some point in her life and I think everyone should stop what they're doing right now and buy this book; I promise you will NOT be disappointed!!

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