Destiny By Jennifer Gibson Author’s Website: http://www.jennifergibson.ca/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Dawn
*Beware of Spoilers*
Jessie is determined not to let her hearing loss hold her back. She aims her sights even higher as she ventures in a new direction. With a Black Belt on the horizon, and so close to achieving it, she is unaware of the danger closing in on her. Until one day, everything suddenly changes and she finds herself standing on the precipice of life. Will she be strong enough to hold on or will she succumb to the darkness that surrounds her?
Destiny is another great continuation story with Jessie. I have come to worry about her and how her life is progressing. Jessie is a wonderful character to enjoy. She is many things but especially courageous. It is a joy to be on a journey with her.
In this installment Jessie gets a job. She first helps with teaching art at a gallery. I am extremely disappointed in the gallery owner. She was unfair with Jessie more than once. Jessie’s life is difficult enough. She does not need an employer who refuses to believe in her.
After the difficult gallery experience, Jesse gets a job as a candy striper at the hospital where her uncle works.
It is a huge commitment on her part. She is a bit anxious about the job but she begins with a good attitude. Jessie finds things at the hospital are difficult as she is consistently misjudged as well as misunderstood.
During this time, Jessie is working toward getting her black belt. It is extremely hard work. Ethan coaches her the whole way. I cheered for Jessie when she finally achieved the black belt.
Jessie also deals with losing all hearing in one of her ears. While we may not understand, it is a huge thing for her.
At one point, Ethan gives her an iPod for her birthday. It seems like a thoughtful gift but Jessie struggles with how to use it.
As always, Jessie has her guardians. I love their input, their love for her.
Again, this is a great series to teach about disabilities and bullying. I think the book especially appeals to young adults. Destiny is a perfect book for a book club.