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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.