Book Review: Destiny, Rewritten, by Kathryn Fitzmaurice


Destiny, Rewritten, by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
Des·tin·y: |destinē/
(noun) The hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future; fate.

Eleven-year-old Emily Elizabeth Davis has been told for her entire life that her destiny is to become a poet, just like her famous namesake, Emily Dickinson. But Emily doesn’t even really like poetry, and she has a secret career ambition that she suspects her English-professor mother will frown on. Then a seeming tragedy strikes: just after discovering that it contains an important family secret, she accidentally loses the special copy of Emily Dickinson’s poetry that was given to her at birth. As Emily and her friends search for the lost book in used bookstores and thrift shops all across town, Emily’s understanding of destiny begins to unravel and then rewrite itself in a marvelous new way.

In her third novel, Kathryn Fitzmaurice again weaves a richly textured and delightful story about unexpected connections, about the ways that friends can help us see ourselves for who we truly are, and about the most perfect kinds of happy endings: those that happen just on time.

Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (February 19, 2013)

About the Author:

When Kathryn was thirteen years old, her mother sent her to New York City over the summer to visit her grandmother, who was a science fiction author. After seeing how her grandmother could make the characters in her books into whomever she wanted, Kathryn decided that she, too, wanted to become a writer someday. Years later, after teaching elementary school, and taking many classes, she now writes full time and lives with her husband, two sons, and her dog, Holly, in Monarch Beach, California.

Kathryn was born in New York City, but grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. She holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University. Her favorite thing to do is walk her dog, Holly, who, she says is so smart, she can practically empty the dishwasher. She also likes organizing absolutely anything, including messy garages, closets, and even cluttered junk drawers. If she could, she would eat the same thing for lunch everyday, which would be a ham, Swiss cheese, and tomato Panini, a green apple, and a chocolate soufflé.

Kathryn Fitzmaurice taught elementary school for six years before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Monarch Beach, California, not far from the swallows’ roost, with her husband and two sons.

My Thoughts:
I always love reading books set in the part of the country that I live in.  I live in the south Bay Area near San Francisco, and this book takes place just north of me.   The premise of the book is really interesting, and I enjoyed the story of Emily trying to navigate life.  Her eccentric mother and cousin are entertaining and gave the book some humor.

While I didn’t fall madly in love with this book, I did enjoy it.  It was a sweet, contemporary story that most young readers would like.  

The Cover: I absolutely love this cover.  It caught my eye from a huge list of books.  I am a big sucker for a good cover and this one promises adventure, mystery, and something a little other-worldly.  My only issue with the cover is the cat.  I spent the entire span of the book waiting for this cat to show up and it never does.  By the looks of the illustration, it would seem that this cat plays a significant role in the book, but there is no cat in the story.

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    kirsty vizard
    March 23, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    WOW! this cover is beautiful and the story sounds like something that would captivate my children . . . thank you xx

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