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review 2014-01-13 02:44
Destiny Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
Destiny, Rewritten - Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Destiny Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice is an adorable middle grade book. The story is inventive and Emily is a spunky, lively 11 year old. That said, I have a specific issue with this book that prevents me from gifting or even loaning it to my 11 year old niece. And while I do have some other issues (the letters to Danielle Steele, etc), they are completely overshadowed by this one specific issue.

The problem is a total lack of consequences for bad behavior. 

Without going too heavily into spoiler territory, when a character lies, does things they should not, mistreats others in any way, and/or influences others to do the same, there should be consequences. In this, as in many contemporary middle grade books, there are absolutely no repercussions for bad behavior. This completely irks the aunt/former grade school teacher in me. 

As an adult, I highly enjoyed reading about Emily’s adventures. I loved the interaction between Emily and her best friend, Wavey. This is the kind of friendship (except when engaging in behaviors mentioned above), and the kind of friend, that is such a good model for middle grade girls. It is just unfortunate that I won’t be able to share this with my young niece.

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review 2013-07-15 00:00
Destiny, Rewritten - Kathryn Fitzmaurice It was fine. I liked seeing Emily Dickinson mentioned and her poetry showcased in an MG novel, but the actual story did not stick with me. One of those "My mother was quirky and named me after a poet and now I too shall be one. It is destiny. But maybe not? And where/who is my dad?" Alas, pass.

Very cute cover.
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review 2013-03-30 00:00
Destiny, Rewritten - Kathryn Fitzmaurice Wow! Very heart-warming coming of age story. Loved Emily's voice. Her struggle to understand destiny was compelling and I did not want to stop reading!
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review 2013-03-05 00:00
Destiny, Rewritten
Destiny, Rewritten - Kathryn Fitzmaurice Cute book about destiny/fate set in Berkeley.
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review 2013-02-19 00:00
Destiny, Rewritten - Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Emily is trapped in a destiny that she isn't sure is actually hers. Named for the poet Emily Dickinson, her mother has big dreams that Emily will become a famous poet someday. Unfortunately, Emily isn't a big fan of poetry. In fact, she'd much rather read Danielle Steel and swoon over the happy endings. Who wouldn't?


I fell utterly in love with Emily and her friends. Each and every character in this book pops off the page. Emily is inquisitive, bright and witty. Some of the things she says made me giggle out loud, especially the dialogue between her and her best friend. With an intelligence far beyond her age, she's quite a charming little girl! Surrounding her are characters with all types of personalities, from Mortie who is a little army survivalist, to Cecily Ann who is the true poet. The tapestry of personalities here is wonderful and full. I can't gush enough.


Best of all is the story line. This isn't just your typical coming-of-age story. Emily is on a mission both to find her true path in life, and to find her missing father. Watching her navigate the roadblocks that pop up in her way was exciting, and the question of destiny vs. choice plays a big factor here. Young readers will be enamored with her journey, and the lack of any real angst in the story helps keep things light.


Even if I wasn't a giant fan of Middle Grade fiction, which I completely am, I'd still recommend this charming book! This is a light, sweet and enjoyable read. Ready to dive into something fun? Destiny, Rewritten is definitely a book to add to your reading list.

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