Destiny

Destiny

by Jennifer Gibson

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ISBN-13: 9781626940444
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 07/18/2013
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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Destiny 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
Destiny picks up right where Compass leaves off. Jessie has really grown into a remarkable young woman. She is determined to get her black belt which I think is amazing as she is really good at it. Jessie ends up getting pretty sick and I was really getting concerned about her as it was really taking an effect on her but of course she gets over it but something doesn't seem okay with Jessie.  Her and Ethan are doing great and you can tell he really cares for her and that is just amazing especially because Jessie is hearing impaired and does everything in his power to make her feel special.  With Jessie slowly coming out of shell we see her starting to get a bit of a voice when she isn't happy with how she is being treated which all I can say is it is about time. It has been a great journey following Jessie as she has gone from quiet, to learning karate, to now speaking up for herself.  Now there were times in the story that I could feel myself getting angry. One being when we read about a memory of hers where a teacher threw her school items outside of the classroom door and made her go out there. What teacher does that?  One quote I love in this book and it is said by Ethan to Jessie. " You have the power to be in control of everything that happens, especially now." One of the funny parts in this story was when Jessie was volunteering in the hospital and she witnessed one of the nurses escorting one of the patients to the bathroom. This patient was dropping tootsie rolls on the floor. I could do nothing but laugh and I will no longer look at that candy the same again. The only problem I had with the story was there seemed to be some either formatting issues or maybe misspellings. It wasn't bad but you noticed them when it happened. This is a great coming of age story that I think everyone would love to read this series. 
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Destiny is book #3 in a series about Jessie, a high school student who is hearing impaired. Jessie wants to fit in, she wants to be treated like the other students in her school. But the truth is, she needs to struggle harder than her classmates in order to succeed at most things. It's not an easy road for Jessie. But through it all, as she matures, she gains confidence and becomes a stronger person as she works beyond her disability to achieve her goals. Author Jennifer Gibson continues to engage and inspire readers as they follow the life of Jessie, a young girl who has learned compassion for others through her own personal struggles. Destiny is a book that will appeal to readers young and old.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite Jessie McIntyre, the main character in Destiny, is a beautiful teenage girl, martial arts instructor, talented artist and hospital volunteer. She has two cats, Serena and Parker, who bring her gifts and furry kisses and supportive parents who only want the best for their daughter. She also has a hot, intelligent, sensitive boyfriend, Ethan. So her life should be perfect, but it isn't. Every day the kids at school mercilessly tease her. They think she is dumb and use obscene gestures to torment her. But she isn't; she's hearing impaired. How will she survive being fired from her first job, keeping up her grades, dealing with Lisa and Sensei Jones - two rivals - and other life challenges? Jessie learns that the answer is not dependent on circumstances or the opinions of others. Inspiration came at an unexpected hour from an unlikely source. Jennifer Gibson's ability to create artistic, mystical book covers is evident with the cover on Destiny, the third book in the award-winning trilogy featuring Jessie McIntyre. Previous books included Sway and Compass. As a noted photographer and illustrator, Gibson's penchant for writing coming of age stories and young adult fiction is captured through the use of diverse characters, an interesting plot and duality of reality with the supernatural. This story is based on real life and its authenticity allows it to address real-life issues. The sexual electricity between her and Ethan was well written and an important aspect of people dealing with disabilities. Destiny is a must-read for all young adults.
notrow1 More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in a series that follows Jessie, a teen with a hearing impediment. I really enjoyed this story! Jessie McIntyre is a character I could relate to easily. She has faced many difficult challenges over the last couple of years, what with being bullied at school and competing at Karate tournaments. Now heading towards her eighteenth birthday, Jessie is finding life even more complicated. Will she overcome the obstacles placed in her way? And can she find out what her destiny has in store? After finishing Compass, I was eager to start reading Destiny and started reading it as soon as I could. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching Jessie overcome more than her fair share of problems over the series. She is a very determined young woman, but I found her insecurity caused by her hearing is one issue that seems to hold her back at times. This story sees Jessie trying her hand at working, first at a art class as an assistant, and then as a volunteer candy-striper at the hospital. I can remember my first attempts at the job market; I remember how nervous I was, worried I would make a complete idiot of myself. Therefore, I could certainly understand and sympathize with Jessie as she tries to figure out the intricacies of those jobs and the people she interacts with.  She also is determined to get her black belt in Karate, which I admire her for. It takes a lot of dedication to attain a black belt, and Jessie seems to have that in spades.  The story is again well written, and the scenes are very easy to picture. I did, however, feel that the scene with the stalker was wrapped up a bit too quickly. I think I would have liked to see a bit of a tussle between the guy and Jessie, where she did Karate to protect herself. But, as this promotes violence, even in self defense, I suppose it was best to leave it out. The character development is fantastic and I could see each character, whether already known or new, in my minds eye with clarity. I certainly didn't think much of Bob, another volunteer at the hospital, but I really liked Nicole and Sarah. They seemed nice enough and likable. I have enjoyed watching Jessie and Ethan's relationship grow closer over the series. They have had their ups and downs, as most couples do, but I love the way they interact; you can almost feel their love for each other, it's that palpable. There is a twist that I didn't see coming in this tale, and it made me feel rather sad. I will not say what it was, as I feel that would be a spoiler and will leave it to you to decide if you would like to find out what the twist is. I reached the end of the story and felt sad that it had ended. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find there is a bonus short story called "Happy Holidays... Or Is It?" to read. I really enjoyed that story, as it gave Jessie a chance to do something on her own, away from her family and even Ethan. I think it gave Jessie the opportunity to explore her environment more, and become more confident and "grown up" as she did things for herself. Jennifer Gibson has written an intriguing and interesting YA story based in truth. I found the story a quick read. I love the way the story flows from scene to scene; it's extremely fluid and the descriptions were described in such a way that I could picture them with ease. I highly recommend this book to young readers aged 12 to 16, and to adults who love reading younger YA romance or coming of age novels. - Lynn Worton
hippolein More than 1 year ago
This was for me a real pageturner. Don't know why, but I managed to finish the book in no time at all. Perhaps the fact that I was interested in karate when I was still very small (never got to do anything about it as my parents didn't have the money), worked as volunteer in a hospital or because I'm interested in arts too, hard to know. The book continues right away where the second part stopped, and we get to follow the life of Jessie through good days and bad days, with disappointments and joyful moments, and see her grow more and more towards the end of the book. Would have been nice to have still one more book about her adult life, but that wouldn't be in the same category then... Certainly a book series I would recommend to teenage persons that like karate, are ok with romance in their books and want to learn something more about how life can be different for other young persons.